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Star-Spangled Vaulters Soar at River Vault

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Kaitlyn Ganrude navigates the barge runway at the River Vault. (By Daniel Scraith).

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Daring athletes in red, white and blue soared to new heights at the 7th Annual River Vault, held July 3-4.

A rubberized pole-vault runway and landing pad were mounted on a 125-foot by 50-foot barge moored to the river bank. The crowd went bonkers as nearly 80 athletes from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Wisconsin soared above the river.

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Matt Dietlin waves to the crowd at the River Vault, held on the Mississippi River.

“What an amazing weekend!” said event organizer Jeremiah Burish, Director of Sales at La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We had incredible competition, high energy, and great costumes. The vaulters rang the bell 24 times to celebrate their personal bests!”

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Smiling Sarah Ward rings the bell after a personal record vault.

Also cheering the competitors, in spirit, was Maggie Steele, the storybook heroine of the young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.  In what has become a River Vault tradition, copies of the inspiring novel were awarded to winners in each category.

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Star-Spangled Anna Davis won the overall Best Dressed Vaulter Award.

“Maggie was delighted to be invited back to the only barge vault in the world,” said author Grant Overstake. “Kudos to Jeremiah and his crew for putting on another great show.” Continue reading


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Star-spangled champions earned first place trophies and copies of ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’ at last year’s River Vault held on a ginormous barge on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis.

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Pole-vaulters will compete on a giant river barge in front of thousands of cheering spectators here at the 7th Annual River Vault, to be held July 3rd and 4th on the waters of the Mississippi River.

Last year, soaring pole-vaulters captivated the crowd at the River Vault. (Photos by Daniel Schraith.)

Pole-vaulters captivated the crowd at the 2015 River Vault.

Event organizer Jeremiah Burish says, “Don’t miss your chance to get LARGE on a BARGE!”

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“The River Vault is a big stage with great competition,” said Burish, Director of Sports Sales at the La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The great crowd, fast runway, and electric atmosphere combine to make a recipe conducive for lifetime personal bests.”

Cheering the competitors will be Maggie Steele, storybook heroine of the magical novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. Continue reading


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‘Mississippi Maggie’ Cheers Historic River Barge Vaulters!

It was a star-spangled day for NAME.

It was a high-flying day for Andrianna “Andy” Jacobs, who won the Youth Division with a vault of 13’4.25″, qualifying her for the USA Junior Nationals. While unofficial, the vault surpassed the Minnesota state record for high school girls. (Photos by Daniel Schraith.)

Paddle-wheels and pole-vaulters shared the Mighty Mississippi on July 4th at the LaCrosse River Vault. Adding to the excitement at the 6th annual event was the fact that it was the very first time that a pole-vault competition had ever been held on a river barge.

Cheering the vaulters was Maggie Steele, heroine of Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

Wowza! Soaring pole-vaulters captivated the crowd at the La Cross Street Vault on July 4th. (Photos by Daniel Schraith.)

Wow-za! Soaring vaulters captivate the crowd at the La Cross Street Vault.

“Maggie was delighted to be invited back to one of the best street vaults in the nation, or should I now say, the only barge vault in the world,” said author Grant Overstake. Copies of his YA novel were awarded to top finishers in each category. He added, “It was a happy, historic day for everyone involved.

“Kudos to Jeremiah Burish and his crew for putting on a great, great show!”

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Maggie to Join the Fireworks at La Crosse River Vault

'Maggie' will share the awards stand at the 6th annual La Crosse River Vault.

‘Maggie’ will share the awards stand at the La Crosse River Vault Saturday.

Fireworks will light up the sky this 4th of July and so will the pole-vaulters at the 6th Annual River Vault competition in La Crosse, Wis.

Elite champion Leslie Brost celebrates her payday with event organizer Jeremiah Burish.

Last year’s Elite champ Leslie Brost with Jeremiah Burish and Maggie.

Thousands of spectators are expected to watch some 65 athletes from all over the Midwest compete in six different categories Saturday. Joining in the patriotic celebration will be All-American Maggie Steele, the storybook heroine of the inspiring novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

“Maggie’s delighted to be invited back to one of the best street vault events in the nation!” said author Grant Overstake.

Last year's Street Vault became a Vaulter Magazine calendar page. Shown: Masters vaulter Jamie Steffen, Fuzion Athletics.

Last year’s Street Vault became a Vaulter Magazine calendar page.

The River Vault takes place on the annual July 4th Riverfest, where upwards of 20,000 people gather to enjoy the many festivities, activities, and of course, delicious food. Riverfest is highlighted by a top-notch fireworks show in Riverside Park, making the River Vault a great event to watch while fest-goers stake out their seats early for the fireworks.

The runway will be set up in Riverside Park on the bank of the Mississippi River, which serves as a walking path and docking station for the paddle-wheeler boats that travel from Minneapolis to St. Louis.

The vaulting runway will be on a giant barge near the docking station for the paddle-wheeler boats that travel from Minneapolis to St. Louis.

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River Vault Features All-American Maggie

Maggie will join the festivities at the 5th Annual River Vault in La Crosse, Wis.

‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’ will be presented to 20 winners at the 5th Annual River Vault.

Fireworks will be flying high this Friday, the 4th of July, and so will pole-vaulters at the 5th Annual River Vault competition in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

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Vaulters answered Uncle Sam’s call to River Vault!

Joining in the patriotic celebration will be All-American Maggie Steele, storybook heroine of the inspiring novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

The event will be held from 11 am until 6 pm at Riverside Park on the bank of the Mississippi River.

“Maggie has been all over the country and the world, but she’s never been to Wisconsin, which is a hotbed for pole-vaulting up north,” said author Grant Overstake. “Riverside Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world to pole-vault. And, it being July 4th, it will be an unforgettable experience!”

Vaulters will soar on the bank of the Mississippi River at the July 4th event.

Vaulters will soar on the bank of the Mississippi River at the July 4th event.

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