November 12, 2013

There have been many world records for joggling. The Boulder Juggling Club hopes to set a new record category for most jogglers in a 5K.     Photo: Amy Tucker

Jogglers Hit 5K to Set World Record

It's juggling while you jog!

Nine members of the Boulder Juggling Club competed in Broomfield's Anthem 5K on Saturday, hoping to set a new world record for the most jogglers—or, joggers who juggle—in a 5K.

"At the moment, no one has attempted a record for this feat, so we basically got it as long as our evidence is approved," said Bekah Smith, a Club member and juggler of 11 years. She started joggling less that 12 months ago.

"Joggling is trending right now so I thought I'd use juggling to push my running," she said.

The last joggling record was set in September when Joe Salter joggled backwards for the entire Quad Cities Marathon. And in 2012, University of Florida student Matthew Feldman joggled one mile with five balls in six minutes and 33.65 seconds.

"Once you can juggle 3 balls consistently, there's no trick or secret to joggling," said Smith. "The throws with your arms will naturally line up with the movement of your legs to create a streamlined motion.  The challenging part is not dropping the balls when the sun is in your eyes or when another cute runner passes you."

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Winter Vinecki (right) was the first female to finish the Inca Trail Marathon. Her mother (left) also ran.     Photo: Team Winter

14-Year-Old Runs Marathons On Every Continent

Youngest person to do so

On Sunday, 14-year-old Winter Vinecki completed the Athens Classic Marathon in 4:03:53. She finished 160 out of 1,284 women, but even more impressively, she became the youngest person to complete a marathon on all seven continents. 

And, because her mother ran each of those marathons with her, Vinecki and Dawn Estelle became the first daughter-mother team to complete a marathon on each continent.

According to the Statesman Journal, Vinecki began running at age five, but got serious in 2009 after her father passed away from an aggressive form of prostate cancer—that’s when she decided to honor his memory by running a marathon on every continent before her 15th birthday. She also started a nonprofit, Team Winter, and has raised nearly $1 million for prostate cancer research.

Vinecki’s first—and fastest—race was the Eugene Marathon in April 2012, followed by the Amazing Maasai Marathon in Kenya where she ran a 4:04:00 to place third overall. She’s also completed the Antartica Marathon on King George Island, the Inca Trail Marathon to Machu Picchu in Peru, the Sunrise to Sunset Marathon in Mongolia and the Wharf to Wharf Marathon in New Zealand.

“I know that I’ve done something amazing here, but I can’t really put into words how it feels yet; I guess the word would be magical,” she told the Statesman Journal.

Vinecki says she doesn’t have another marathon planned, but this is not last you’ll hear of her. The high schooler is living with a host family in Park City, where she’s training to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics as an aerial skier.

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Screenshot of Tour Builder Beta (Team Rubicon)     Photo: Courtesy of Google

Google Launches Tour Builder

Detailed virtual narratives with Google Maps

Google announced a new feature yesterday called Tour Builder, an integration of Google Earth, Maps, and images that anyone can use to tell adventure stories virtually.

The technology allows you navigate through Google Earth while following dropped pins or marked locations on the map. Each of the pins can include text, images, and video in addition to the option of entering Street View, which brings you into a 3-D world of the exact location. While Tour Builder is certainly in its beta stage, the program promises to have a wide application and could certainly be effective for sharing an outdoor journey. 

Tour Builder requires a Google Earth Plugin and a Google account to operate.

Video: A high school history teacher uses Tour Builder in the classroom.


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The OIympic Flame burns before more than 60,000 spectators at BC Place stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Olympic Winter Games on Feb. 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.     Photo: Tim Hipps/Wikimedia

The Games Will Be Instagrammed

IOC spokesman dispels rumors of social media ban

Despite multiple reports that journalists at the Sochi Olympics will be barred from posting news on Instagram, Twitter, and other social media, the International Olympic Committee confirms that still photos will be allowed at the XXII Olympic Winter Games, saying the previous statement was a misunderstanding.

“Please take as many photos as you like!” IOC spokesperson Mark Adams wrote to USA Today via email. “Sharing pix on social media positively encouraged.”

Rumors of the social media ban came after the editor of the Russian, state-run R-Sports news agency purportedly told international journalists on Friday that anyone caught using social media will be “considered a serious violation and lead to their accreditation being canceled.”

See Also: Sochi 2014: An Olympic Diaster?

Adams clarifies journalists are still prohibited filming video for social media accounts on mobile phones, tablets, and point-and-shoot cameras. However, these restrictions won’t apply to the spectators expected to attend the games in February.

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Tilikum, SeaWorld's largest orca at 12,000 pounds, has killed at least two people.     Photo: milan.boers/Flickr

SeaWorld Challenges Ban on Contact with Orcas

Insists they know what they're doing

In 2010, a Labor Department judge placed a ban on "close contact" between killer whales and their trainers after SeaWorld's largest bull orca drowned one of veteran trainers that Februrary. Now, on Tuesday, the Orlando-based park is challenging that ban in the U.S. Court of Appeals, asserting that the park can manage the risks associated with these enormous carnivores without having to shut down its central attraction.

Trainer Dawn Brancheau was held underwater for almost 45 minutes by the park's 12,000-pound orca Tilikum in 2010. The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration subsequently determined that SeaWorld had "willfully" violated federal safety laws requiring a workplace free of "recognized hazards." 

The park operator was fined $75,000, but SeaWorld appealed the decision last year and reduced the fine to $12,000, also reducing the charge to “serious” from "willful." Still, the judge found that "emotions inspired by the grandeur of humans interacting with killer whales" do not justify the risk, and the ban was upheld.

On Tuesday, Eugene Scalia, son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, represented SeaWorld with the argument that human contact with killer whales is educational, showcasing "an elemental human desire to know, understand and interact with the natural world."

Tilikum was the subject of the documentary film Blackfish that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and grossed $2 million. Also aired on CNN, the film is extremely critical of SeaWorld's treatment of killer whales.

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