Sport of Covid-19: JELLE’S MARBLE RUNS

Have you ever heard of the name JELLE'S MARBLE RUNS?

Jelle’s Marble Runs (JMR) is the name of the YouTube channel with more than a million subscribers, managed around the marble, marble tracks and marble races by Jelle and Dion Bakker living in the Netherlands

What's on the YouTube channel named Jelle’s Marble Runs: Using the balls as players, the ball versions of the Olympic Games, Formula 1 and other sports events are installed and shown. In these videos, marbles are used like players and athletes. The opening and closing ceremonies of the Marble League (formerly MarbleLympics) are also included. Most of the sports are designed to resemble Olympic sports. The channel is uploading a new series of marbles leagues with different events and teams introduced each year on the qualifying round.

As of May 25, 2020, the current channel has more than 73 million views and more than 1 million subscribers. This number is constantly increasing as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sports.

Jelle and Dion founded the legendary 'MarbleLympics' in 2016. Here, 12 different teams are competing in exciting colors to become the dominant champion. Another fascinating competition is the 'Sand Marble Rally', where the marble push the boundaries of the exciting race tracks made of sand.  

The first season of Marbula One was held as a premiere in early 2020. The balls took more than one turn around a pallet and the conveyor belt returned them back to the top. As the name suggests, this series is directly inspired by the Formula 1 racing series. 

MR has made a worldwide reputation in the ball race, offering an incredibly good production quality in its videos.

  Guinness Broke World Record at the Longest Marble Race in 2009 

Marble competitions are not Jelle's only event: it has its own marble museum in Nijmegen since last year. It was temporarily closed due to the corona crisis, but will be reopened on June 1.

In 2006, Bakker created the first version of Jelle’s Marble Runs YouTube channel. On May 21, 2009, he broke the Guinness World Record at the longest ball race in the world and maintained it until 2011. Greg Woods, an early fan of the channel, made a comment for one of the marble racing videos. Bakker loved the video so much that he started working with Woods, the English commentator for the entire series.

The channel soon began to attract attention and gain a fan base in 2015. In 2016, he started MarbleLympics as a different version of the Olympic games. Initially, Bakker was planning to end the MarbleLympics series after 2017 MarbleLympics. 'MarbleLympics will end with a finishing ceremony in early August,' he said in an interview with The Irish News, 'But I will still make great videos about the marbles.'

In late 2018, Bakker accidentally deleted the original 620,000 subscription channel while trying to delete his Google+ account, and then reopened it. In March 2020, the channel regained all subscribers and even exceeded its former peak.

British-American comedian and talk show host John Oliver announced at his show on May 17, 2020 that he will be the main sponsor of the 2020 Marble League.


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