Page 15 January 1982
Damgaard joggle into
the record books
athletes recently pushed the bounds of joggling
past existing IJA standards,
setting new speed and distance marks for others to chase.
Lauziere, IJA champion in the mile joggle for the past two years,
proved his versatility as a runner by Joggling the International
Marathon of Montreal. Canada, on September 13 in 4 hours, 5 minutes.
month before Lauziere astounded bystanders on the crowded streets of
Montreal, a runner in Minnesota bettered Lauziere's IJA
convention one-mile record by over a minute. Scott Damgaard, a
sophomore at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, led a newspaper
reporter four times around a quartermile track in 4 minutes, 37
's feat was remarkable in more ways than just the extreme distance
covered. With 500,000 spectators
encouraging him along the 26 mile, 185 yard course. Lauziere juggled
his extra burden the entire way without a single drop. "I
concentrated very hard the whole way," he said. "I could
have run a better time, but the crowd at the beginning of the race
slowed me down."
resident of Drummondville, Quebec, (and partner with Jean Roy in the
comedy team "Les Foubracs") Lauziere was the only one of 10.000
entrants to joggle, and the first Joggler ever to complete a marathon.
"It goes without saying that I am very proud," he said.
"I plan to joggle other marathons, but I don't know which
long joggle was well covered by the press several days before his run,
he appeared on a popular Quebec television show hosted by Michel
Jasmin. In addition, newspapers throughout the province carried stones
both before and after his success.
an accomplished artist and cartoonist, joined with many other Montreal
Marathon participants in soliciting money from people in behalf of his
efforts for the Quebec Society for Crippled Children.
learned to juggle just last spring, and began joggling last summer to
try to revitalize his interest in running, which had dwindled after a
year on the college cross-country team. "It wasn't fun anymore,
and I thought joggling might put some of the fun back in it," the
18 year old said.
worked. "I'm back on the team and running 80 miles a week or so,
joggling at least one day a week." he explained last October.
"Everyone on the team asks me to bring my juggling balls along
when we work out, and if I don't have them I can always pick some
apples off a tree as we run by. "
first went public with his joggling at a local 10 mile race last
summer, finishing in 1.07:40 with
sore shoulders. "I was nervous about doing it at first. .. he
confessed. "I wondered how people would react and had a friend
hold my juggling balls until the last moment. Then I decided, 'Why
not?" It turned
out alright. The people running around me were real curious and
interested in it. "
then heard news of Lauziere's 5:44 record mile time through
juggling friends. "I didn't think I'd have any trouble beating
that; I ran a 4:33 in
high school. and I've improved since then," he said.
document his record, Damgaard called the
Milwaukee Sentinel newspaper and challenged reporter John Fauber to a mile
race of joggler vs. runner. Fauber recounted in his story later. "The
kid can't be serious, I thought. Does he honestly expect people
to believe that he is going to juggle three balls and at the same
time run a mile in under five minutes?' '
unsuspecting reporter met Damgaard at
the appointed time and watched from far behind as the joggler ran his
mile in 4:34. As for his extra baggage, Damgaard claims
juggling doesn't slow down his running pace at all.
a world record focused some attention on
Damgaard as well as Lauziere. Though
he was shy about it at first, Damgaard now endorses
joggling wholeheartedly to the public. "It helps me
physically because I'm out there running," he said.
"And it's helped me psychologically because the work of running
seems more fun. It's built
up my confidence too, because I have to deal with
all these people who
stare as I joggle by. "
Laziere (l) goes for distance as Damgaard (above) sets speed mark.