ASICS has hosted a free virtual mile run that will run by May 31, but there’s a catch: all participants must run in jeans. The ASICS Blue Jeans Mile was inspired by the American middle distance runner Johnny gregorek, who set a world record when he ran a mile in 4: 06.25 while wearing jeans at a 2020 fundraiser for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in the United States This year, the event is open to anyone who wants to run, and although registration is free, attendees are encouraged to donate to mental health initiatives, including the Canadian Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) .
Gregorek is one of the fastest milers in the US right now, and he owns the US indoor mile record of 3: 49.98, a time he set in 2019. He decided to swap her split shorts for blue jeans in 2020 to honor her late brother. , Patrick, who died in 2019 at the age of 21 after battling mental illness. Gregorek set out to break the world record for the blue jean mile, which at the time was 4: 11.80, and fundraising (he set his fundraising goal at $ 2,500) for NAMI. He ended up breaking the record and his fundraising goal, clocking 4: 06.25 and raising over $ 37,000.
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This year, the event’s fundraising efforts have already eclipsed Gregorek’s total of 2020 thanks to a donation of $ 40,625 from ASICS to NAMI. ASICS donated this exact sum to represent the world record result that Gregorek, an ASICS sponsored runner, ran last year. The virtual race kicked off on May 1 and so far thousands of dollars have been raised in addition to the ASICS donation, with just over $ 6,500 for NAMI by US participants and nearly $ 3,000 for CAMH. by Canadian runners.
Alongside Gregorek’s world record is the women’s mark of 4: 58.84, which Heather wilson (which has a regular mile PB of 4: 29.39) set in 2017. If you think you can challenge either of these records, sign up for the race, put on a pair of jeans and try your hand at it. luck. Even if you think you don’t have what it takes to be the new world record holder, it will be fun to run all the way in a pair of jeans. You might get some funny looks, but it will be worth it.
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