The annual Beach Vault will take place Friday and Saturday at the Grand Haven City Beach.
The event annually draws dozens of vaulters and thousands of spectators to the waterfront to for this unique competition.
“It’s a great place to do the competition with the great beaches and water,” said Kevin Patterson, event organizer and head track and field coach at Rockford High School. “Combine the competition with the location and it makes for the perfect tournament weekend.”
Organizers expanded this year’s event to include the inaugural Street Vault, which was held in downtown Grand Rapids on Wednesday.
“Grand Rapids has always been a phenomenal site for sporting events,” said Evert Geerlings, one of the event organizers. “We wanted to bring one of the most unique and technical sports to the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. With music, food, and drinks all around it's a great event for a family to come down and enjoy their evening while watching our vaulters soar.”
This year’s Beach Vault will feature some of the top athletes from around the United States. South Florida graduate Sean Young and Division 1 All-American Mike Arnold from Idaho State will be represented in the Men’s division.
The Women’s division will host Division 2 national champion Katie Nageotte and South Carolina standout Angie Rummans.
“Looks like it’s going to be a great weekend,” said Dave Emeott, East Kentwood High School’s track and field coach and event organizer. “It’s free to spectators and I would really encourage people to come out and witness these great competitors.”