Running a race can be fun, but it can also be challenging. For jogglers, it’s a little bit of both, but there’s an extra level of challenge thrown in the mix—literally thrown. Joggling is the act of jogging and juggling at the same time.
The first official joggling event took place in 1980 at the International Jugglers Association festival in Fargo, North Dakota. The one-mile race was held at the North Dakota State University indoor track, where the winner crossed the finish line in 5:44. The festival has included joggling events ever since that inaugural race.
One of the most dominant jogglers in the sport is Canadian runner Michal Kapral, who holds joggling world records in the half marathon (1:20:40 in 2014) and marathon (2:50:12 in 2007) as of 2015.
Joggling is open to anybody who can follow the sport’s two rules: you must juggle at least three objects for the entire race, and if you drop whatever you’re juggling, you must return to the spot of the drop and begin again from there. Unlike the actual act of joggling, the rules are pretty simple.