College student to attempt Guinness World Record in joggling

MEDIA NOTE: As part of Guinness World Records’ requirements for a record, the attempt must be reported by the news media. For this reason, we’re assisting Matthew Feldman and encourage you to attend his joggling record attempt. If Feldman breaks the record, Rice’s Office of News and Media Relations will quickly produce some B-roll and make it available via Dropbox. We will provide the Dropbox information in a media note to be emailed that evening before 9 p.m.

David Ruth

 College student to attempt Guinness World Record in joggling
University of Florida student doing summer research work at Rice University will attempt record Friday night in Houston

HOUSTON – (July 23, 2012) – Matthew Feldman, a University of Florida student who is conducting nanomaterials research in the lab of Rice University professor Pulickel Ajayan this summer, will attempt to break a Guinness World Record in joggling — running and juggling — at 7 p.m. Friday, July 27, at the Rice University running track.

Feldman is attempting to break the world record time for jogging one mile while simultaneously juggling five objects. According to Guinness, American Bill Gillen holds the current record with a time of 7 minutes, 41 seconds. Feldman has broken the record in practice but will make the official attempt at Rice as part of his efforts to raise awareness and money for Isatome, a community of people in the town of Minamisanriku (pronounced mee-NAH-mee-san-ree-ku) affected by last year’s Japanese tsunami.

Click on the image above to view the YouTube video of Feldman practicing joggling on Rice’s campus. The video is also available at

Feldman is studying electrical engineering at the University of Florida and working toward degrees in physics and Japanese language. He is currently also doing robotics research in Scott Banks’ biomechanics lab at UF and plans to take the fall semester off to do an internship at SpaceX, a private company that designs, manufactures and launches rockets and spacecraft.


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About David Ruth

David Ruth is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.