Al Roker on the “Today” show in New York in 2012. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Tomorrow morning will be crabby for those on the Loyola University Maryland quad, where Al Roker and company are stopping by to film an episode of the “Today” show.

The visit is part of a five-college tour by NBC’s national morning lifestyle and light news program. As part of the deal of having them come film on-campus for “Rokerthon,” students at each school are organizing to break a Guinness World Record.

Loyola has chosen crabwalking as its record to beat. According to a page on the school’s website, members of the Loyola community will need to crawl like crustaceans for two minutes. Northeastern University already holds that record, apparently, with 376 people having accomplished the feat in Boston last September. Loyola therefore needs at least 377 people to participate.

Now, the school is inviting the public to come watch students and others shatter that mark, starting at 6 a.m. Thursday. To make sure no one comes unprepared, Loyola made its own video tutorial showing how to crabwalk. It sounds easy, though the fact that no other body part can touch the ground during those two minutes might mean it could take a few tries.

YouTube video

According to WBAL Radio, Loyola was one of 82 schools that entered the Rokerthon competition to have the “Today” show stop by. Loyola senior Bob Trosset told the radio station they already have 700 people signed up to participate. That means as long as everyone understands the mechanics of crabwalking, they should have no trouble beating the record.

Those who want to tune in for the afterparty can watch on WBAL-TV at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...