This is arguably the biggest bummer in joggling history. Michal Kapral, the world’s fastest marathon joggler, has been denied permission to joggle in the NYC marathon due to “security concerns”: World Record Holder Denied Permission to Joggle New York City Marathon.
This is absurd. 3 small millet-stuffed beanbags are now deemed “security threats” under draconian new rules that ban all props. Michal Kapral was planning on breaking his old world record at the NYC marathon and trained very hard for this event. It saddens me both as a joggler and as a native New Yorker that security concerns would come to this.
This isn’t just a setback for Michal Kapral, but a setback for the sport of joggling. Unfortunately, I suspect that there’s more to this than just security concerns. Some people just don’t take joggling seriously, and this may very well include the organizers of the NYC marathon, though they have a long history of supporting our sport.
Let’s hope that the organizers of the NYC marathon rethink their decision before November 1st. It would be terrible if other marathons followed NYC’s example. In the mean time, Kapral is looking for another marathon that is more joggler-friendly to break his old record.
Tossed Out: No Joggling Allowed at New York City Marathon
Not only did Michal Kapral recently break a world record in half-marathon joggling, he’s now being featured in the “#stayamazing” campaign by Fairfield Inn and Suites! Way to go! I haven’t seen the ad on TV, but you can easily view it on Youtube(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEX4qufyWCM). I can’t embed videos unfortunately. Too bad I missed the official launch of this campaign, which was just a few days ago here in NY.
It’s always great seeing a world class joggler getting the recognition they deserve, especially when they are doing it for a good cause. Joggling may be a fringe sport, but it occasionally does take center stage. I hope Michal Kapral’s achievements and this ad campaign inspires a new generation of jogglers. Congratulations again, Michal!
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Just as I predicted, Michal Kapral set a new world record for joggling a half marathon in 1 hour 20 minutes and 40 seconds. That’s blazingly fast even for someone who isn’t juggling while running! Congratulations, Michal! It’s great that you’re using your extraordinary talent to help AIDS orphans! Congratulations also to Korir for winning the Toronto Waterfront Marathon!
I hope Kapral’s example inspires a whole new generation of jogglers. Our sport usually doesn’t get that much exposure. I believe a lot of the people who say they could never joggle could do it if they trained enough; I know this because I was once one of them.
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