Joggling: juggling joggers find poetry in motion

Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:05am EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - The long-distance joggler understands better than most that the race is not always to the swiftest.

Joggling, juggling while jogging, requires a hand as sure as a foot is fleet. But for some well-coordinated multitaskers, there's nothing quite like it.

"Once I get in a good joggling groove with a nice, relaxed stride and a perfectly timed cascade juggling pattern, it's pure poetry in motion," competitive joggler Michal Kapral said in an interview.

Juggling is at least as old as ancient Egypt, and human beings have likely been running ever since early man happened upon his first saber-toothed tiger.

"I was amazed how the two things fit together in such a fluid motion - one ball toss for every step," said Kapral, who started joggling after reading about it in the Guinness Book of World Records when he was 12.

"Studies have shown that juggling boosts brain power, as does running, so the combination feels amazing," Kapral said.

The Canadian holds the world record for the joggling marathon, which he set in 2007 in Toronto.

And true to his ambidextrous nature, he ran the entire race while chewing gum.   Continued...

<p>Joggler Michal Kapral approaches the finish of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2007. REUTERS/STWM Staff</p>