knows how to keep many balls in the air.
As a junior biology major and a member of the cross country team, he’s adept at juggling rigorous
coursework and intense practices.
But as it turns out,
he’s also skilled at juggling while running, and has a world champion title to
“I’ve always been a
runner, and juggling was a hobby as a kid,” Schweitzer, a native of Phoenix,
Arizona, said. “Somewhere down the line I just sort of mixed them and it just
so happens there are a few others who do it too.”
The sport, called
joggling, was the main feature at this year’s International Juggling
Association meet in Rochester, Minnesota. Schweitzer was not only the first
place world champion for the 5 kilometer run, but also swept the 4x100 meter
relay with a team of three others.
Schweitzer is modest
about his new honor, but proud nonetheless.
“I’m a joggling champion. That’s pretty
cool,” Schweitzer said. “It’ll make a pretty good conversation starter.”
Joggling not only
requires sharp coordination, but also steadfast endurance, due to the loss of
momentum normally generated by swinging arms. Each dropped ball is a costly
mistake that requires the contestant to go back to the spot where it was
dropped. This can have a profound impact on the final time.
challenges, Schweitzer was casual in his preparation for the race.
“I’ve been doing my
cross-country workouts and I’ve been juggling for years. I just thought I’d run
it and see how I did, and as it turned out, I did very well,” Schweitzer said.
He hopes to defend
his champion title if next year’s meet is nearby. In the meantime, he and his
fellow cross country teammates at Hamline have their eyes set on continuing their record of
“We were conference champs last year and the year before and we want to repeat
that,” Schweitzer said.
Watch Schweitzer joggling in the video below which was filmed during a photo shoot for the Hamline Magazine.