LA CROSSE, Wisconsin — Fireworks were soaring here on the 4th of July, and so were the patriotic pole-vaulters at the 5th Annual River Vault competition held at beautiful Riverside Park on the Mississippi River.
The star-spangled event included some 65 athletes, including prep standouts, college All-Americans and national champions, elite stars, and Olympic hopefuls. According to event organizer and founder Jeremiah Burish, “This was our best River Vault yet!”
Joining in the fireworks was Maggie Steele, the storybook heroine of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. Winners in each division (see complete results) were awarded a copy of the novel, written by Grant Overstake.
Maggie is the story of a gutsy farm girl who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter. The novel has been widely endorsed for its positive message and Burish was eager to share it at his event.
“It is a great story about adversity and overcoming obstacles,” Burish said. “I believe everyone can relate to this book as we have all had some sort of barriers to overcome as athletes, students, or in life.”
The 5th Annual River Vault was sponsored by the La Crosse Track Club and received a huge boost from local sponsors. The event also received excellent coverage in the local media.
Burish is expecting even more fireworks next year.
“Big things are in the works for River Vault 2015 already!” Burish said.
“We have high hopes of making the event the first of its kind in the world! Like our Facebook page for more details.”