Are marathons too easy for you? Run one backwards.

menrunningbackwards-563x365Most people can’t run marathons. Even fewer can run them backwards.

But for at least one man, Joe Salter of Pensacola, Fla., even that’s not tough enough — so he juggles.

Salter, 32, is a world-class joggler — that’s a juggling jogger — which is a legitimate sport with championships and records. That’s him running in the Quad Cities marathon in Moline, Ill., attempting to set a Guinness world record for time and distance.

Here are a couple of Salter’s eye-popping career accomplishmentsrunner

  • Fastest time to run a mile backward while juggling (7 minutes, 32 seconds)
  • Fastest juggling triathlon (1 hour, 57 minutes)

I swam a half-mile in the Gulf of Mexico, doing the backstroke while juggling three balls,” Salter said. “I also juggled for 16.2 miles on a bike and ran and juggled for four miles.”

Unfortunately for Salter, every second of the marathon must be video recorded in order to meet Guinness’ stringent standards, and some parts of the Quad Cities run prohibited filming.

Regardless of whether Salter’s finish time of 5 hours, 51 minutes holds up, expect to see him backpedaling past his fellow racers again soon.


Rachel C. , PhD
Research Scientist Consultant @ U-VIB
PhD, Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling
NREMT-P (National Registry of Paramedics)
– 911 Medic for over 15 years
– Scientist for over 7 years
– Runner for LIFE

source: Denver Post by Matt Walks


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