As players whiz around an open field attempting to tag one another, Jason Lange stands calmly surveying the competition.
Lange is watching around 60 people engage in a game of tag that he organized at Maple Ski Ridge on Sunday.
“It’s pretty cool,” he said. “This is a lot of people for a game of tag.”
A few years ago when Lang was in high school, he wanted to break a world record. So the Schenectady resident, along with a few of his friends, decided to organize a massive game of tag.
“I thought it would be really cool to be in the Guinness Book of World Records,” he said.
Unfortunately for Lange and the other organizers, they fell about 2,000 people short of breaking the record. Lange said he had known for a few days they were not going to break the record because only 52 people had signed up on the Facebook event page even though he got the word out about the game by notifying several Capital Region media outlets.
Participants were divided into four teams, each representing a different charity. Players sported red T-shirts for American Red Cross, blue for Make-A-Wish, purple for the Alzheimer’s Association and pink for the Susan G. Komen foundation.
The winning organization received 27 percent of the donations, with second place netting 26 percent, third place 24 percent and fourth place 23 percent. The American Red Cross team won the game.
Lange was unsure how much money was raised throughout the course of the day, but was glad to see people were enjoying themselves.
“I wanted to put on this game of tag and make it mean something,” he said. “We weren’t able to break the record, but this is still a good cause.”
Tom Sankora of Rotterdam Junction is a friend of Lange and played on the Make-A-Wish team. He said the game, which lasted around 45 minutes, was lighthearted fun.
“I had never played tag with that many people,” he said, while catching his breath. “It was a lot of fun.”
Nick Przekurat of Glenmont, who is friends with Lange and helped to organize the event, said that he was happy with the turnout and happy to see people having fun.
“It’s a beautiful day and people are having a good time,” he said. “I think today was a success.”