Let it roll: St. Louis' Art Hill site for record somersault attempt

2012-08-16T07:00:00Z 2012-08-21T07:31:14Z Let it roll: St. Louis' Art Hill site for record somersault attemptBY JOE HOLLEMAN • jholleman@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8254 stltoday.com

NO SLEDS, JUST HEADS (AND HEELS) • If you're looking to take a Saturday afternoon spin, consider joining hundreds of fellow STLers at Art Hill in Forest Park.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Andrew Tessier of Des Peres and his Barrelrollman organization will attempt to set a Guinness World Records standard by having more than 835 people do at least one somersault down the iconic hill in front of the St. Louis Art Museum.

Proceeds from the roll will be donated to the Nurses for Newborns Foundation, a not-for-profit group that provides services to babies born with medical problems, or born to mothers who are poor or have mental-health issues. In the last two years, Tessier's group has raised more than $2,500 for the charity.

"This all started in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Olympics," said Tessier. "We were at a bar and we didn't want the band to quit. So we started doing somersaults in front of the stage, and the band came back.

"So four members of the French biathlon team asked us what group we were from and why did we do it. When we told them there was no real 'group,' they said we should start one. So it all sort of started from there," he said.

To participate in Saturday's roll, Tessier is asking for a $2 donation from  each entrant. The first 1,000 participants will receive a commemorative wristband. Should the world record be broken, Tessier said participants will be able to go to the Guinness website and purchase an official certificate of participation.

To watch Tessier's video about the event, please click here.

"It's a fun, family event for a good cause. We want as many people as we can get, and we have an aerial film crew to record it all," Tessier said. "It should be a good time."

Joe Holleman's "Life Sherpa" column appears every Sunday in Everyday. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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