For most people, running a couple of miles is a major challenge, but for psychiatrist Jack Hirschowitz, that’s merely a walk in the park.
On Nov. 4, Hirschowitz is seeking to become the oldest person to “joggle” a marathon by running the entire 26.2-mile New York City Marathon while juggling.
Joggling has two rules: a runner must juggle at least three balls every step of the way, and if a ball drops, the runner has to return to that point and start again.
So why is Hirschowitz doing this? Because it combines his love of jogging and juggling.
“Juggling came first for me,” the Upper East Side psychiatrist told the New York Times. Hirschowitz began juggling as a kid and took up running as an adult to stay in shape.
Last year, Hirschowitz, 67, completed the NYC Marathon in an impressive 4 hours and 43 minutes, but this year he wants to cut his race time to 4:30 while juggling all the way.
Hirschowitz, who has already run the NYC Marathon five times, likes the challenge and the positive attention he gets from joggling.
“People call me Joggle Man and cheer, ‘Go, juggler, go!’ ” says Hirschowitz, who has a trove of running medals (20-30 of which are gold) for his age group.
“It looks ridiculous, but just like running, joggling is addictive.”