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Ultra-Running Judge Stops for Her Swearing In During 100-Miler

The new Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Jill Karofsky took a break during her solo 102-mile run to get sworn into office.

Jill Karofsky’s motto during her campaign for justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court was #AlwaysRunning. She wasn’t kidding: She stopped at mile 35 of her 100-mile run on Saturday for her swearing-in ceremony, raising her right hand to take the oath and continuing on her way.

Karofsky, 54, paused long enough to hug her family and answer a few questions from the media, too. She won her election on April 7 and decided that in the age of physical distancing, she’d plan her ceremony while completing a virtual 100-mile race.

She’s described as a liberal-leaning judge who defeated Daniel Kelly, the incumbent, to narrow the court’s conservative majority to 4-3.

“I’m always going to do what is right,” she said, before heading back out on the course. “That’s always what I’ve done in my courtroom.”

According to her campaign website, the justice is an ultra-marathoner who has also completed multiple Ironman races. She was a Wisconsin state tennis champion, a Division I athlete at Duke University, and earned her master’s and law degree at the University of Wisconsin.

The 100-mile effort over the weekend took Karofsky about 34 hours and included a road closure detour at the end, adding another two miles. She documented much of the journey on Twitter, including a stop for pizza about 60 miles in.

Afterward, she posted a video to Facebook thanking all the supporters along the way and friends who jumped in to run stretches of the course with her. Karofsky also noted she met a lot of fellow runners along the trail, calling them “new friends.”

“I promise to bring all the tenacity and grit and perseverance that I used to run 102 miles this weekend to your Wisconsin state Supreme Court,” Karofsky said.