Hundreds of Puerto Ricans came up short over the weekend in their attempt to break the world record for building the most sandcastles in one hour, leaving Ireland holding the record that it set in 2012.

Event organizer Phillip Ruiz told Efe that he felt "very pleased" at the way people came out to support the event, even though they failed to break the world record of 1,939 castles established by the Irish last year.

"I'm very pleased the people of Carolina and the surrounding area came to join the fight against cancer," Ruiz said.

The event, called the Banana Boat Sand Castle Challenge, was held at the seaside resort of Carolina, a city next to San Juan.

Teams consisting of a maximum of seven people built sandcastles no larger than two feet high by two feet wide within a seven-by-seven-foot space.

Ruiz also said that the team that constructed the largest number of sand castles in the allotted time received a cash award of $1,500.

Banana Boat, a sunscreen brand owned by Missouri-based Energizer Holdings, donated $2 for every sand castle built - up to a maximum of $5,000 - to the American Cancer Society. 

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