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Leaping vaulters come to Frog Island
ShareThis By Josh Curmi
Aug. 21, 2009 · 9:08 a.m.
Pole-vaulters of all ages and skill levels will have the opportunity to showcase their skills Saturday at the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.
The local community and many elite pole-vaulters from the Midwest will be competing in the United States Track and Field Federation sanctioned event. This being a sanctioned event, any world records or performances will be accepted.
Event Coordinator and participant Paul Babits is looking forward to bringing this event to Michigan and the Heritage Festival.
“I am from Michigan and have always wanted to bring it back,” Babits said “The Heritage Festival has been fantastic and we are really excited about it being here.”
Babits also said spectators love watching the participants fly through the air and it’s a great event for kids.
“It’s like a circus event,” he said, laughing. “People watch and wonder how they get so high and want to try it themselves.”
Heritage Festival co-coordinator Kathy Bennet also anticipates a great atmosphere for the competition.
“I have talked to a lot of people and pole-vaulting sparked a real interest, it surprised me,” Bennet said. “I am excited to bring something that everyone is looking forward to.
“We anticipate a great crowd,” she said.
The event will start at 10 a.m., with beginners from ages 12 - 72 with the height starting at 6 foot, 6 inches.”
At 1 p.m., the elite men will jump, followed by the elite women at 3 p.m. These groups are both consisted of former and current national champions.
The high school boys and girls competition will be from 5 - 9 p.m.
There is a $45 fee to compete in the event due to insurance, sanction, and set-up fees.
Those who help set up for the competition may have their fee waived. For more information or any questions e-mail Paul Babits at email@example.com