SBTC Attempts High Five World Record

SBTC Elite athlete, Tom FitzSimons, Jr., attempts to eclipse current world record of 260 High Fives in 60 seconds on Saturday, January 23 at Westmont College; SBTC Open House welcomes all community members to kick-off the 2016 Olympic Year and Youth Track season. From Santa Barbara Track Club

Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 8.20.00 PMOn Saturday, January 23 at Westmont College, the Santa Barbara Track Club, led by Tom FitzSimons, Jr., will host the High Five 400m Dash to kick off the 2016 Olympic year with a world record attempt. However, this isn't your normal Track & Field world record—FitzSimons Jr. is looking to attempt to break the record for the most high fives set in sixty seconds, which currently stands at 260 by a Florida businessman, Powell Brown, in March 2015 according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The entire Santa Barbara community is invited to take part in this free event. Festivities will get underway at 9:00am with an SBTC Open House to meet the athletes and learn more about its community programs, including the SBTC Youth Track program. Kids ages 7-14 will also be welcome to try events and compete in the High Five Youth Pentathlon.

World record attempt participants will be lined up around the Westmont Track at 10:00am. A raffle will follow shortly thereafter with prizes including SBTC gear, ABEO shoe gift cards, Recovery Packages from The LAB SB, Westmont College apparel, Team USA gear, Rabbit Running Apparel, Chipotle BOGO cards and other local business gift cards. Raffle tickets will be available for sale throughout the morning and kids participating in the High Five Youth Pentathlon will have the opportunity to win raffle tickets.

For more information visit:


  • 9:00AM - Open House & Youth Pentathlon Challenge
  • 10:00AM - World Record Attempt Organization
  • 10:15AM - High Five World Record Attempt
  • 10:30AM - Raffle Drawing


The Santa Barbara Track Club aims to create a progressive and cohesive Track & Field experience for members of our community from youth to masters as well as the development of Olympians and Olympic hopefuls alike. The professional athletes are composed of combined events athletes and middle distance athletes who also work within the community by serving as coaches and mentors to youth.  The coaching and personal training efforts of the athletes help to fund the continued growth of Santa Barbara as an international training hub as well as to promote cultural exchange and shared education.