The event was set in a two-mile route through downtown Batavia.
“We had 180 kick scooters, [and] the whole thing took less than 30 minutes,” said Simonian, a Batavia resident. “We didn’t come close to breaking the world record, [but] we had a blast. It was horrible. It was raining. It was cold. Everyone was wet. ... It really was fun. Really, really fun.”
Simonian had hoped for at least 1,000 participants to break the 2013 Guinness World Record for 489 participants in a kick scooter parade in New Zealand.
The $5 entry fee was to raise money for Batavia United Way, which raises funds for programs that directly benefit Batavians. It also was to support CHIP IN Batavia, which helps students in temporary or transitioning housing situations, or who face poverty in Batavia.
The total raised for the charities has not been determined, he said.
Simonian said he always has been fascinated by Guinness World Records.
“I was interested in the guy with the longest fingernails, the world’s fastest human, the guy with the longest mustache – ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been intrigued,” Simonian said. “I was trying to think of a way to raise money for homeless kids and people in need.”
But this first-time scooter effort will not be the last, Simonian said, as he is thinking of how to combine Batavia’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration with another shot at a world record.
“There’s 15,000 people who come out for fireworks,” Simonian said. “One of the biggest costs for one of these events is the police, the paramedics and the porta-potties.”
Six portable toilets for Saturday’s event cost $600, he said. If he can dovetail another try at a world record kick scooter parade where a lot of people will be gathered, and where portable toilets, police and paramedic costs already are covered, it might have a better shot.
“It would be mostly kids doing it,” Simonian said. “Parents would be carrying coolers, and kids could be carrying scooters.”
“I still have a pending application” to the Guinness World Record, he said. “We can make 20 attempts to break it.”