Longing for the Summer Olympics? This virtual Marble League might be the next best thing

Jelle’s Marble Runs is a hit on YouTube, and it’s only getting more popular

Welcome to your new obsession: marble racing.
Welcome to your new obsession: marble racing. (Pexels.)

Seeing as the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo have been rescheduled for the summer of 2021, many fans are itching for some sort of sports action, considering most competitions are on hold.

Well, dear reader, we might have a solution for your sports content needs -- and in comes in the shape of a marble.

Meet your newest obsession: Jelle’s Marble Runs.

What started out as “MarbleLympics,” a fun way to have marbles compete in Olympic-like activities, has turned into a YouTube sensation that is quickly becoming the next best thing for sports fans who need a little bit of competitiveness back in their lives.

The idea for the Marble League was simple enough: What if marbles competed in a series of events?

A man in the Netherlands made it happen, and now, his Marble League is getting so much attention that it deservedly got a shoutout from “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver.

Oliver did a segment on the marble racing league recently, showing his audience how marble racing could itch that competitive sports scratch most Americans have, after events were put on hold in mid-March.

Now, here’s another thing: When we call this a league, we really mean it’s a league. There are tournaments that take place in cities all across the world, teams based on the colors of marbles, and the league even has found a corporate sponsor (it’s “Last Week Tonight” and John Oliver, of course).


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