On Sunday, November 3 the ING New York City Marathon was taking place around the 5 boroughs. Kim and I had the bright idea to head to Williamsburg, Brooklyn for brunch.
We made it there in record time but once we got near the area that the marathon ran through, there was no way to drive any further. The streets were cordoned off with police roadblocks for what seemed like, everywhere! We were driving further and further from our destination and then decided to change plans and go elsewhere.
We picked a restaurant also near the marathon route (but actually accessable by car) and decided to take the first parking spot I found and then walk a few blocks. It was quiet out at that moment with only a few people waiting to view the runners eventually come by. Before crossing through the marathon’s roped off route, we got to see a small police motorcade drive by.
We wondered if some runners would be coming by next but didn’t see any in the distance so we continued on.
After an awesome brunch at Pies ‘n’ Thighs, (think chicken & waffles, biscuits & gravy and amazing doughnuts) it was time to head back to the car and go home.
However, there was one roadblock standing in our way. By the time we made it back to the marathon route it was packed with runners!
We debated about what to do. Eventually we’d need to make our way across the street (and through the field of marathon runners) to get to our car. Since we weren’t in a big rush, we decided to hang out for a bit, just before the mile 11 marathon marker and cheer on the crowd. I never understood why people went out to watch and cheer unless you were hoping to see a friend or family member run by but it turned out to be a lot of fun.
After watching a few people make their way through the crowd of runners to cross the street, Kim and I were getting ready to go. Lucas was having a great time as we cheered on the runners. He thought it was really funny, so we decided to stay a little longer.
A short time later, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. A man was running down the street juggling!
I googled- juggling NYC Marathon and my first result was a New York Times article from October 2012.
I learned that he isn’t the only person to juggle and run. The activity (sport?) even has a name joggling .
There are even rules to this odd sport:
- Runners must juggle at least 3 balls every step of the way
- If a ball drops, the runner must return and resume from that point
I am sure glad that we stayed a little longer to watch the marathon since I got to learn about a new and odd sport!
Find out more about the man in my photo, Jack Hirschowitz and learn more about joggling in the NY Times article here.
FYI- Soon after, there were some gaps in the crowd of runners so I made a dash for it while holding Lucas and made it safely across the street. No runners were interrupting and Lucas thought it was a big game. He was cracking up and if we had some more time I would’ve run back and forth for him a couple of more times! (Well maybe not!)
Have any of you heard of joggling before?
ING NYC Marathon Image Credit: Esiason.org