Jill Karofsky won the biggest race of her life in April when she was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. On Saturday, she will encounter a much more physical race than the one she tackled during her campaign, as she is set to run a 100-mile ultramarathon. As reported by the Wisconsin Examiner, at Mile 35 of her run, Karofsky will stop for an outdoor swearing-in ceremony, where she will officially become a Supreme Court justice. There will be a live video on Facebook, and Karofsky expects to arrive at the venue around 1 p.m. CDT.
Incoming Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice @judgekarofsky says she will be sworn in to her new position as she runs a 100-mile ultramarathon in southeast Wisconsin
Karofksy will pause at mile 35 to be sworn in; the outdoor event will be livestreamed on Facebook, around 1 p.m.
— Scott Bauer (@sbauerAP) July 28, 2020
Karofsky has served as a judge in Wisconsin’s Dane County since 2017. According to her campaign website, she grew up in Wisconsin and was a state champion in tennis. She attended Duke University, where she ran cross-country and track, and went to law school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since then, she has entered the world of ultra-endurance sports, and she has competed in many ultramarathons and Ironman triathlons.
Karofsky will be racing in the virtual Badger Trail 100-miler, starting early Saturday morning. She reportedly expects to hit the 35-mile (56K) mark in about seven hours. In 2019, she ran the Badger Trail 50-miler, finishing in the top-20 overall and in eighth place among the women. She finished that run in 11 hours and 22 minutes, but the Examiner says she expects to cross the virtual finish line of the 100-miler in about 30 hours.
For Mother’s Day weekend, my pal Holly and I ran a DIY 50K yesterday, and enjoyed a refreshing beverage afterwards.
Stay safe out there and to all the moms, have a great day! pic.twitter.com/46m3p8rh9V
— Judge Jill Karofsky (@judgekarofsky) May 10, 2020
Karofsky will stop for the brief ceremony at Mile 35, deliver a quick speech and continue on her way to complete the final 65 miles of the race. The location of the swearing-in has been kept quiet ahead of the weekend to avoid attracting too much of a crowd, but a select gathering of invited guests will be present to witness the ceremony.