Posted: Wednesday, 15 May 2013 10:58PM

MSU Track Athlete Sets Unofficial World Joggling Record

SPRINGFIELD --  The rain added to the drama for Missouri State University track long distance runner Emily Beaver Wednesday.

Beaver "unofficially" set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest joggling mile.  Joggling is a sport that combines juggling and running.

Beaver joggled the mile in 5:58.17, breaking the previous record of 6:17.  Of course, the folks at Guinness will have to accept the signed witness statements to approve the new record.

Beaver actually thought she broke the record this past fall, but Guinness denied the time saying she didn't joggle a full mile.  Beaver ran 1,600 meters - what we think of as a mile in track (four laps).  Guinness responded a mile is actually 1,609 meters; Beaver was nine meters shy of the world record.

So the MSU senior had to try again.  Despite dropping her hacky-sack balls twice, the driving rain, and stiff wind, Beaver broke the record by almost 20-seconds.

Beaver started juggling in an 8th grade P.E. class.  While looking through the Guinness World Records last year, she found this obscure record from 1989 that combined two things she enjoys; juggling and running.

There were two time keepers and two witnesses to record their statements for Guinness.  Also, two recordings of the record attempt were made for the officials to observe.

It may take months for Beaver to hear back from Guinness if they've accepted her joggle time.

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