Joggling

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Guinness World Record-holder Owen Morse joggling during a training session at University of California, Irvine, in 1988
This article refers to the activity. For other uses, see Joggle (disambiguation).

Joggling is a competitive sport that combines juggling and jogging. People who joggle are called jogglers.[1]

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.[1] 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.

Rules[edit]

The rules that define joggling in competitions and races are:[citation needed]

  1. A juggling pattern must be maintained while running.
  2. If an object is dropped, the joggler must return to the point he dropped and continue.

Competition[edit]

The World Joggling Championships are held each year as one of the events of the International Jugglers' Association juggling 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.[2] 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.

2012 IJA World Joggling Championship[edit]

Winston-Salem, North Carolina (July 21, 2012)

Overall Top Performances:

Men
Distance Prop number Participant Time
100 meter 3 Albert Lucas 14.1
100 meter 5 Albert Lucas 16.8 (#2 all time championships performance)
100 meter 7 Jack Denger 1:29.9 (#9 all time championships performance)
400 meter 3 Chris Lovdal 1:03.8
400 meter 5 Jack Denger 2:25.4 (#1 all time championships performance)
800 meter 3 Len Ferman 2:33 (#9 all time championships performance)
1600 meter 3 Dylan Waickman 6:22
4x100 meter relay 3 Team Exerball (Albert Lucas, Nicolas Souren, Jason Matkowski, Chris Lovdal) 58.0
Women
Distance Prop number Participant Time
100 3 Sydney Paugh 16.4 (#4 all time championships performance)
100 5 Riga Moettus 1:14.1 (#9 all time championships performance)
400 3 Maggie Armstrong 1:34.3
400 5 Riga Moettus 5:23.8 (#1 all time championships performance)
800 3 Maggie Armstrong 3:44 (#6 all time championships performance)
1600 3 Alayna Bowlin 9:24
4x100 meter relay 3 Happiness Club[2] (Elise Johnson, Riga Moettus, Laura Schroeder, Alayna Bowlin) 1:35.6

2011 IJA World Joggling Championship[edit]

Rochester, Minnesota. Conditions: 96 degrees, sunny, strong headwind on homestretch.

MEN
Distance Prop number Participant Time
100 meter 3 ball Chris Lovdal 14.28
100 meter 5 ball Jack Denger 27.15
100 meter 7 ball Jack Denger 1:02.75 (#2 all time)
200 meter 3 ball Eric Walter 26.81 (#2 all time)
400 meter 3 ball Eric Walter 57.66 (IJA CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD – first person to break 1 minute at IJA)
800 meter 3 ball Eric Walter 2:13.24 (IJA CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD – first person to break 2:20 at IJA) – IJA WORLD RECORD
1600 meter 3 ball Billy Watson 5:42.00
5k 3 ball Charles Schweitzer 17:57.36 (#4 all time)
4 x 100 Relay 3 ball Chris Lovdal, Eric Walter, Tyler Wishau, Charles Schweitzer 55.82 - IJA CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD / IJA WORLD RECORD
4 x 400 Relay 3 ball Billy Watson, Jack Levy, Joey Spicola, Joe Gould 5:50.96
WOMEN
Distance Prop number Participant Time
100 meter 3 ball Trish Evans 16.29 (#3 all time)
100 meter 5 ball Taylor Glenn 1:12 (#5 all time)
100 meter 7 ball Taylor Glenn 5:21.13 (#2 all time)
200 meter 3 ball Trish Evans 31.83 (IJA CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD / IJA WORLD RECORD)
400 meter 3 ball Maggie Armstrong 1:36.31
800 meter 3 ball Trish Evans 2:44.73 (IJA CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD / IJA WORLD RECORD)
1600 meter 3 ball Sydney Paugh 10:18.29
5k 3 ball Trish Evans 21:46.28 (IJA CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD / IJA WORLD RECORD )
4 x 100 Relay 3 ball Grace Boatman, Maggie Armtstong, Sydney Paugh, Hannah Bowlin 1:17.98 (IJA championship record, IJA World record)
4 x 400 Relay 3 ball Grace Boatman, Maggie Armtstong, Sydney Paugh, Hannah Bowlin 8:01.77 (IJA championship record, IJA World record)

2010 World Joggling Championships[edit]

Results from the 2010 World Joggling Championships (July 27, 2010 in Sparks, Nevada)

2010 MEN's RESULTS
Prop number Distance Participant Time
7 ball 100 meters Lauge Benjaminsen 58.4
5 ball 100 meters Lauge Benjaminsen 24.0
3 ball 100 meters Chris Lovdal & Tyler Wishau (tie) 13.9
3 ball 200 meters Sean Carney 29.5
3 ball 400 meters Chris Lovdal 1:07.9
3 ball 800 meters Tyler Wishau 2:23.6
3 ball 1600 meters Billy Watson 5:27
3 ball 5000 meters Tyler Wishau 19:41
2010 WOMEN'S RESULTS
Prop number Distance Participant Time
7 ball 100 metres Meagan Nouis 3:05.8
5 ball 100 meters Mara Moettus 1:38
3 ball 100 meters Heather Marriott 20.1
3 ball 200 meters Heather Marriott 42.1
3 ball 400 meters Heather Marriott 1:38.3
3 ball 800 meters Heather Marriott 3:39.3

'"IJA World Ball Juggler"' 3 ball 50 meters Jason Cunningham 2:46.1

2009 World Joggling Championships[edit]

Gold Medalists, Men's Open
Prop number Distance Participant Time
7 Ball 100 Meter David Ferman 1:06
5 Ball 100 Meter David Ferman 22.6
3 Ball 100 Meter David Ferman 13.9
3 Ball 200 Meter David Ferman 27.9
3 Ball 400 Meter David Ferman 63.2
3 Ball 800 Meter Tyler Wishau 2:21
3 Ball 1600 Meter Tyler Wishau 5:33
3 Ball 5k Tyler Wishau 18:47
Gold Medalists, Women's Open
Prop number Distance Participant Time
5 Ball 100 Meter Taylor Glenn 1:07.5
3 Ball 100 Meter TIE: Taylor Glenn and Hanna Stoehr 18.85
3 Ball 200 Meter Sofia Meyer 44.75
3 Ball 400 Meter Heather Marriott 1:30.6
3 Ball 800 Meter Heather Marriott 3:47
3 Ball 1600 Meter Heather Marriott 8:33

2008 World Joggling Championships[edit]

2008 IJA World Joggling Championship Gold Medalists Men's Open
Prop number Distance Participant Time
5 Ball 100 Meter Andrew Ruiz 31.6
3 Ball 100 Meter Jeremy Stanley 14.1
3 Ball 200 Meter Benjamin Thompson 29.9
3 Ball 400 Meter Perry Romanowski 1:06
3 Ball 800 Meter Lenny Ferman 2:23
3 Ball 1600 Meter Lenny Ferman 5:40
3 Ball 5k Perry Romanowski 21:50

Other[edit]

Additional races and exhibitions have been organized in recent years by Albert Lucas for the International Sport Juggling Federation, including an exhibition race at the 2001 Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. Lucas has joggled marathons, and has joggled in races over hurdle courses.

IJA Championship Records[edit]

Men
Distance (meters) Prop number Participant Time Year
100 7 Lauge Benjaminsen 58.4 2010
100 5 Albert Lucas 15.5 2002
100 3 Owen Morse 11.9 1988
200 3 Chris Essick 26.5 2002
400 3 Owen Morse 57.4 1990
800 3 Eric Walter 2:13 2011
1600 3 Kirk Swenson 4:44 1986
5k 3 Mike Hebebrand 17:37 1990
4 x 100 3 Chris Lovdal, Eric Walter, Tyler Wishau, Charles Schweitzer 55.8 2011
4 x 400 3 Team Exerball (Albert Lucas, Owen Morse, Jon Wee, Tuey Wilson) 3:57 1990
Women
Distance (meters) Prop number Participant Time Year
100 7 Meagan Nouis 3:06 2010
100 5 Heather Marriott 42.8 2002
100 3 Lana Bolin 14.9 2000
200 3 Trish Evans 31.8 2011
400 3 Christa Rypins 1:16 1990
800 3 Trish Evans 2:45 2011
1600 3 Gabrielle Foran 5:58 2013
5k 3 Trish Evans 21:46 1997
4 x 100 3 Flamingo Club (L. Kaseman, D. Finnigan, B. Kresser, B. Neeser) 1:21 2004
4 x 400 3 Rice, Roy, Finnigan, Harr 6:11 2006

Recent international media footage has featured the battle for the marathon record between Canadian Michal Kapral and American Zach Warren. The history of the record includes:

Time Date Location Participant
2:50:9 September 2007 Toronto Michal Kapral (Canada)
2:52:15 November 2006 Philadelphia Zach Warren (USA)
2:57:39 September 2006 Toronto Michal Kapral (Canada)
2:58:23 April 2006 Boston Zach Warren (USA)
3:06:45 April, 2006 Boston Michal Kapral (Canada)
3:07:5 November 2005 Philadelphia, PA Zach Warren (USA)
3:07:46 September, 2005 Toronto, Canada Michal Kapral (Canada)
3:20:49 August, 2000 Karlsruhe, Germany Paul-Erik Lillholm (Norway)
3:22 1988 Salmon River, Idaho Ashrita Furman (USA)
4:04 1987 Los Angeles, CA Albert Lucas (USA)

At one point, Albert Lucas simultaneously held the record for "Most Objects Juggled" and "Fastest Marathon While Juggling."

Records[edit]

Current Guinness World Record-holders include:

Participant Time Distance Prop number Year
Kirk Swenson 16:55 5 kilometers ? 1986
Owen Morse 13.8 100 meters 5 balls 1988
Owen Morse 11.68 100 meters 3 balls 1989
Franz Roos 56.06 400 meters ? 1997
Owen Morse, Jon Wee, Tuey Wilson, and Albert Lucas 3:57.4 mile relay ? 1990
David Ferman 2:55.3 1000 meters 3 balls 2011
Will Howard 4:42 mile ? 2003
Michal Kapral 36:27 10 kilometers ? 2006
Michal Kapral 2:50:09 marathon ? 2007
Perry Romanowski 8:23:52 50-mile ultra marathon ? 2007

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.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Beck, S. (2012, October 18). "Joggling the Marathon: 3 Beanbags and 26.2 Miles". The New York Times. Retrieved from [1] December 6, 2012.
  2. ^ a b International Jugglers' Association. (n.d.). 32nd annual IJA World Joggling Championships at the Wayback Machine (archived January 24, 2013) Originally retrieved December 6, 2012.
  3. ^ Ruth, D. (2012, July 27). "College student breaks Guinness World Record in joggling at Rice University", Rice University News and Media. Retrieved December 2012.

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