Since 2017, Citius Mag has been getting the word out about the Blue Jeans Mile which is as simple as it sounds - run a mile in blue jeans. You would think that the World Record for such a cumbersome and chafing-filled adventure would be somewhat slow but the men’s mark stood at 4:11 run by Dillon Maggard of Utah State until recently. This past week, Johnny Gregorek of ASICS (former Columbia athlete) who is second on the all-time American indoor miler list at 3:49.98 decided to run a fast blue jeans mile targeting the WR, to raise awareness for the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI). in memory of his brother Patrick.
The video is here if you want to watch it - Johnny ran 4:06 and raised in excess of 30,000 dollars beating his initial goal of 2,500 by an order of magnitude! The live-feed of the video on Instagram hosted by Johnny’s teammate and dear friend Kyle Merber was pretty awesome - many pro athletes tuned in to watch him run it including Nick Willis, Molly Huddle, Kara Goucher, Noah Droddy.
Here is the Runners World article on his amazing mile.