The most common objects used in joggling are juggling balls, or sometimes juggling clubs, but any set of three or more objects can be used. However, in competitions or long term events, most jogglers prefer to use palm-size beanbags stuffed with birdseed because it's light enough for long distances but heavy enough to withstand winds. The juggling is usually done in a three-ball cascade pattern, which is efficient and uses the least energy. Jogglers say that the arm motions of juggling with three objects feels natural with the action and pace of jogging.
The World Joggling Championships are held each year as one of the events of the International Jugglers' Associationjuggling festival, where results are recorded and medals awarded. Anyone can compete in the World Joggling Championships, but competitors need to be able to juggle three balls proficiently. All registrants must pay a fee, $12 online or $20 in person which covers all of the events entered for one juggler, and complete and sign a liability waiver. Competitors in the 100 meter 7 ball event need to be able to demonstrate a solid seven ball pattern before entering. Also, competitors in the 400 meter 5 ball event need to have completed the 100 meter 5 ball event in less than 90 seconds. The current format for races at IJA festivals includes races from 100 metres to 5 kilometres, as well as relay races in which teammates pass one ball to the next relay runner, who holds two in the handoff zone. The schedule also includes a five-ball 100 metre race and a seven ball 100 metre race.
The first championships were held in 1980 at the IJA's festival in Fargo, North Dakota. They were organized by Bill Giduz, an avid joggler who edited the IJA Newsletter at the time in an attempt to interest others in the activity. Two races were held on that occasion—a 100 yard race across a football field that was won by Brad Heffler in 13.4 seconds, and a one-mile run on an indoor track that was won by Canadian comic entertainer Michel Lauzière. Lauzière was late to the start line and ran his race barefoot.
Owen Morse, Jon Wee, Tuey Wilson, and Albert Lucas
50-mile ultra marathon
On July 27, 2012 Matthew Feldman, a University of Florida student, broke a Guinness World Record for joggling. He joggled one mile with five balls in 6 minutes and 33.65 seconds, beating the previous record of 7 minutes and 41 seconds, which was held by Bill Gillen.