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A repeated attempt to break the world record for the largest connected raft brought hundreds to a Rock Island lake.

The number to beat was 2,099, as Quad Citians made their way to participate in Floatzilla on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Unfortunately, organizers say the crowd was about 600 people short, but the event is also about growing awareness to what recreational trails the QC has to offer.

“River Action in the past has put on events, which promoted trail growth along the bike trails,” said Michael Goodyear with River Action. “We thought after that, we expanded from two miles to 80 miles, let’s go a different route and try expanding water trails by getting people out there, realizing what water trails we have in the Quad Cities, how much fun it can be.”

The group gathered in their canoes and kayaks at Lake Potter at Sunset Park to try and break the record. There, they took a traditional group photo, which shows just how many participants there are each year.

Organizers said people from 10 states showed up for the 2014 event.