The World’s Greatest Athletes?

The place to be last week was El Paso, Texas.

That was where the 69th annual International Juggling Association (IJA) Festival was held.

It’s an event that’s on my bucket list; I can’t imagine how awesome it would be to be surrounded by juggling 24/7 for a whole week.

While there are a variety of competitions, a big part of the week is just the chance to improve your juggling skills, and to hang with like-minded individuals.

If you’d like to see some of the videos from the festival, the IJA’s Facebook page has several available.

One of the more unique competitions that is held is an obstacle course that you must juggle your way through. Here’s a video of one competitor making his way through the gauntlet.

Another unique competition is known as joggling, which involves running while juggling three balls continuously.

The world record for the joggling marathon is 2:50, for a mile it is 4:42 and for the quarter mile it is 55 seconds. Here’s a video of that performance.

These are impressive times. I know I’ve never run that fast in my life, even without juggling.

It’s about time we recognize that jugglers are possibly the world’s greatest athletes…

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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