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July 23, 2017

Watch: Ben Nagel runs 4:49.0 Blue Jeans Mile world junior record

Ben Nagel is one of our many teenage Citwits. At just 17 years old, he will be a senior at Monrovia High School in Indiana next year. He’s a member of the cross country and track team for the Bulldogs. We were not surprised to hear that another Blue Jeans Mile record was set from a town of 1,500 people in Indiana. Nothing could be more blue collar.

Nagel decided to put on his jeans and time trial’ed a mile at his high school track’s summer running club.

“I wanted to do this because it sounded like a fun event and I felt like I could run a pretty good time,” Nagel wrote to us. “My friend and I had made some running videos this summer and I thought it would be a good idea for another video. I tried some jeans on right after I saw your post about the setting of the junior record and thought I should definitely give it a try.”

Earlier in the month Anna Staats ran 6:13.75 to set a new women’s world record and a women’s world junior record. Sandy Roberts’ 4:43 last month is the men’s world leading time for 2017 but there is no world junior boy’s record. Nagel took it upon himself to change that.

On July 19, he ran 4:49.0 to set a new Blue Jeans Mile boy’s junior record. His coach Katie Hagerty was trackside and he was paced by his friends Andrew Willett, Jordan Goodman and Patrick Miller. You can watch the race video (courtesy of Thomas Tracy) above.

“I would say that it was a little easier than I thought,” Nagel says. “My jeans fit nicely after being tightened with my leather belt. I wore two pairs of compression shorts to help combat the chafing. My legs were definitely sweaty in the 91 degree heat but I was glad to take them off after the run.”

“I think I would definitely do another one when I’m in a better shape for that distance,” he added. “I feel like I can get a faster time. I would especially do it if there were a bunch of other competitive runners also wearing jeans. Maybe at the end of this cross country season when it’s nice and cool I will run another and cut some time off.”

For more information on racing the Blue Jeans Mile at Sir Walter Miler, check here. There will also be a Blue Jeans Mile organized by the Lost Boys Track Club on July 27 in New York City.

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