Beach Vault has become big part of sport

More than 250 pole vault athletes will take to the runways assembled just west of the Bil-Mar Restaurant and south of the State Park.
Tribune Staff
Jul 11, 2014

The public is welcome to come see athletes fly over 6, 12 and even 18 feet of air under the cross bars.

The vault was started 13 years ago by Kevin Patterson from Rockford High School and Dave Emeott from East Kentwood High School.

Emeott said he was excited about this year’s edition.

 “This year promises to be one of the best GHBV's ever,
 Emeott said. “We have great competitors from all over the country coming to Grand Haven for the weekend. We hope spectators will come out for a day or two of sport, sun and relaxation.

“When we started this in 2002 we were hoping to get a nice group of vaulters together to do something unique. Now the GHBV has become woven into the pole vault culture in the US. This is definitely a bucket list item for all pole vaulters and it makes us proud to see how much it has grown.”

Spectators are encouraged to bring sunscreen, an umbrella, beach towel and a beach chair. Concessions are available provided by the Bil-Mar Restaurant.

Jumping will start at 10:00 a.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Saturday will feature the invitational Open elite men and women as well as the high school boy and girl elite divisions. Participants range in age from 11 to 80 years. 

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