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More than 450 parachutists registered to jump off New River Gorge Day during annual festival
Reported by: Associated Press
Saturday, October 19, 2013 9:23 AM EDT
Thrillseekers from across the globe are converging on Fayetteville for the annual Bridge Day festival.
More than 80,000 people are expected to walk across the bridge. Rappellers also will make their way from a cat walk under the bridge to the water below.
More than 450 BASE jumpers also registered to leap off the bridge. The acronym BASE stands for the places from which jumpers usually leap: buildings, antennae, spans and earth.
Those who have signed up come from 8 countries and more than 40 states. The youngest is 20 years old and the oldest is 84.