Races that MUST be on your calendars + More

There are three upcoming races that you MUST know about:

  1. My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE group of denim runners are again heading to the Kelly St. Patrick’s Shamrock 5K this year with the team name of “Suns Out Jorts Out.” If you are in the Baltimore area on March 16th, head to the race, look for the group of people wearing jorts with smiles on their faces and beer in their hands.
  2. JHMMy new friends over at Wingate University are doing it again! The 2014 Wingate Jorts Mile will be held on the Wingate campus (North Carolina) on April 24th. The pictures from last year’s inaugural race were AMAZING and even led to my How to Guide for Running a Denim-Themed Race.
  3. And, finally, Trish (@runfreetrl) shared with me a race going on in her town of Canton, MI on June 14th, the Canton Liberty Run. The theme this year is “Stars, Stripes, and Jorts.” Here is the good part:

JortsI want pictures, lots and lots of pictures.


The “+ More” = My Absence

What’s up, Friends? I am sorry that I have been slacking in my posts. I have a good excuse though: I quit a job that was sucking the life out of me. An entire department of smart, educated professionals were micromanaged, treated unfairly, and bullied (strong word, I know, but it is appropriate). I only had the job for 8 months and knew it was time to go. I was fortunate to find another job right way – a FANTASTIC job with wonderful people where we are all valued and respected.

The stress associated with the change has taken a toll on me and this website was the thing that I had to temporarily let go. But all is good again in Jill-World. Thanks to all of you that reached out to see if I was okay. [hug]

Tonight on the 11:00 evening news: Jorts at the Twin Cities Marathon

I should be an investigative reporter. I can piece shit together and get the story told. Especially when it comes to something that I am passionate about – like marathon runners in jorts.

I stumbled upon this picture in a gallery of photos dedicated to last month’s Twin Cities Marathon. After unsuccessfully trying to blow up the photo to get a better look, I wondered to myself, “Are those jorts?”

JortsThen I found the blog of a spectator at the marathon who shared this observation:

11:45 – A guy wearing a headband, midriff-exposing t-shirt, and cut-off jorts (that is jean shorts for you non-hip folks) runs into our station. After he grabs his third Dixie cup of Corona, I wonder if we will need to cut him off. But after pounding it in record fashion, he runs off – on pace to finish 30 minutes faster than I ever did while wearing proper running shorts and properly hydrating with water and Gatorade.

1. I gotta find this jort-wearing, Corona-drinking hunk of man.

2. CNN, call me. I can start tomorrow.

NEW greatest jogging in jeans “footage”

So we thought we witnessed the the greatest jogging in jeans “footage” in existence, right?

It just got better. A WHOLE lot better. And it involves a flying jump kick.

Yep, that is Gabe again running this year’s Colfax Marathon. He is looking especially awesome in jorts, a bow tie, aviator sunglasses, and with a beer in hand. The shirtless part? Bonus. The kick? Brilliance.

Runners, we need more flying jump kicks during races. Do it. [UPDATE: Oh, goodness, what did I just do?]

He joked in the post on his website that we could watch the gif 400o times. Already done. Nothin’ to it.

THE greatest jogging in jeans “footage” in existence.

If this guy looks familiar, it is because I featured him before. So now we know that Gabe (of BHGP, Iowa Hawkeyes fan fame) ran at least two Colfax Marathons in aviator sunglasses, knee socks, and those infamous jorts…all while chugging a beer.

Seriously, People, how awesome is that animated gif?

Gabe, if I wasn’t already married AND you weren’t drinking a Keystone (bleh), you would have a marriage proposal from me TODAY.

JoggingJeans.com Awesomeness Award goes to…

…this guy:

The blog post about him claims that he ran the relay in the Colfax Marathon as some sort of punishment. However, after an inquiry to BHGP, I was told “Disregard the article–nobody put him up to that but himself.”

There is so much awesomeness in this picture, submitted by runner Lisa, that I don’t even know where to begin. The best part may be that he wasn’t put up to this by others but, rather, looked and behaved this way of his own free will.

Sir, your crown is in the mail and by crown I mean a big hug and kiss on your cheek for all the awesomeness that is you!

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