Canadian Sets New Running-While-Juggling World Record

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Michal Kapral has the 10K, half marathon and marathon joggling record.

Jogging plus juggling equals joggling, and Michal Kapral is a pro at the sport. The Toronto, Canada, joggler recently broke the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest half marathon run while juggling three objects at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. His running time, 1:20:40, also included some other impressive numbers: 16,546 approximate tosses and catches, 2,792 mental reminders to “don’t stop, don’t drop” (he only dropped once) and 341 times of saying that phrase out loud. Kapral broke his previous best mark by nearly three minutes, set in 2009 in Montreal, and he holds joggling world records in the 10K and marathon as well.

“I started the running while juggling thing as a charity stunt for Toronto’s SickKids Hospital in 2005. It was supposed to be a one-time deal, but here I am almost 10 years later, still joggling like a madman,” says the 42-year-old Kapral. “What I discovered is that there’s much more to joggling than being a clown in a hurry. It’s really a great workout that combines upper- and lower-body endurance with comprehensive hand-eye coordination. There’s also something mesmerizing about having this juggling pattern spinning around in front of you while you’re running. It’s absurd and funny, but it’s also really, really tough.”

Onlookers definitely notice the goofy nature of Kapral’s sport but find his execution just as impressive. “I’ve heard just about everything you can imagine during races when I go joggling by,” he says. “The people who make me laugh the hardest are the guys who yell out things like, ‘You CANNOT be serious! You CANNOT be serious!’ Or the woman who screamed, ‘I love you! Marry me!’”

This is the fifth Guinness record Kapral has set at the Toronto event; he also ran the fastest marathon with a baby stroller (2:49) and set and broke his own marathon joggling record three times (2:50:12). The joggler says he’s always put his efforts toward a good cause for kids in need. For this year’s event, he raised nearly $1,000 for People to People Canada—with a collective team goal to raise $40,000 for the cause.

“I read up on what [People to People] were doing to help AIDS orphans in Ethiopia and immediately jumped in on the cause,” he explains. “Olympic legend Miruts Yifter ‘The Shifter’ had joined the group, so I can now say I ran on the same team as Miruts Yifter!”

Kapral’s accomplishments recently landed him a role in the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott’s Stay Amazing campaign, which recently launched nationwide. “Joggling is a great metaphor for life, trying to keep moving forward and juggling a lot of things at once,” he says of the campaign.

According to The Star, Kapral was one of five people to set new Guinness Book records at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Oct. 19.

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