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KRICK Log Rolling, LLC, was founded to develop and expand the sport of log rolling through
successful tournament planning and execution. The company has achieved just that with its
professional log rolling tournament Three Rivers Roleo and with its newest event, the United
States Log Rolling Open.
2016 was the inaugural year for the United States Log Rolling Open, an event Katherine Rick
plans to hold annually.
"This national tournament had the distinction of being the season-opening tournament on
the pro circuit in 2016," Rick said. "It's going to be what we hope becomes a top professional
In the log rolling competition, opponents step onto a floating log, spin it repeatedly, then
stop or snub it suddenly to try to reverse the motion of the log in order to send their oppo-
nents into the water. A match consists of the best three out of five falls.
The first-ever event experienced great turnout among top pro rollers. Twenty professional
rollers participating in the Orland Park event, which was the first professional log rolling tour-
nament ever held in Illinois.
The Open was broadcast regionally on Comcast SportsNet, which enabled potential fans to
check out what the exciting sport has to offer.
"The sport is growing across the country at a rather exponential rate right now," Rick said. "So
having these professional athletes participate in an event that was broadcast regionally is a big
deal to hopefully continue building an audience for a great sport." n
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United States Log Rolling Open
Katherine Rick, Owner
KRICK Log Rolling, LLC
Orland Park, IL
The La Crosse Track Club started River Vault seven years ago
with two main goals: promote health and wellness through
physical activity and fitness while drawing attention to track and field, one of the most accessible and
inclusive of sports. The annual competition not only achieved those goals but also catapulted one of the
sports most exciting events — pole vault — to a new level.
Taking place during La Crosse's annual Riverfest 4th of July celebration, River Vault has drawn more
than 15,000 people to the shores of the Mississippi River to watch the only pole vault competition that is
held on the water.
"For the past two years, we've held the entire competition on a massive river barge anchored at
Riverside Park, which is in the main channel of the Mississippi River," Jeremiah Burish said. "It's an amazing
time for athletes and spectators. Live announcers and music add to the fun atmosphere, making it great
for spectators as well as athletes."
Incredible planning and organization was required to manage all of the logistics of hosting an event
on a barge. For example, equipment had to be craned out over the water and set onto the vessel. "It's
a lot of coordination but we wanted to create an experience unlike anything the participants have ever
had before," Burish said.
In 2016, the event was expanded to two days in order to accommodate more participants, which
range from elementary-school-aged athletes to adults 60-plus. Many participants achieved their person-
al best pole vaults at River Vault while enjoying what has become a highly anticipated annual event. n
Jeremiah Burish, Director of Sports Sales,
La Crosse County CVB
La Crosse, WI