SportsEvents Magazine

JAN 2017

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January 2017 36 Catulatis! 2017 Readers' Choice Award Winners cont. TEXAS cont. Round Rock CVB Visit Lubbock UTAH Utah Valley CVB Visit Salt Lake VIRGINIA Hampton CVB Virginia's Blue Ridge-Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Visit Loudoun WASHINGTON Seattle Southside Tourism Authority Snohomish County Sports Commission See Ad On Page 35 Visit TRI-CITIES WISCONSIN Fox Cities Greater Appleton CVB Greater Green Bay CVB VISIT Milwaukee continued on page 38 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 tournament." 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 SPECIAL FEATURE: Awards & Recognition Issue United States Log Rolling Open Katherine Rick, Owner KRICK Log Rolling, LLC Orland Park, IL Chicago Southland CVB 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 River Vault Jeremiah Burish, Director of Sports Sales, La Crosse County CVB La Crosse, WI Seven Rivers photo

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