Street Vault open to all ages
     2015-07-09      By McKenna Copsey   
The Oregon Trail Days Street Vault will take place at two in the afternoon on Friday, July 10 south of the Fresh Foods parking lot in Gering. This will be the fifth year the event will take place since Bill Bauer first organized it when his daughter, a pole vaulter, came home from college.

“My daughter was a vaulter in high school and college. After she got out of college, she wanted to participate in pole vaulting some more, and so she went to some street vaults across the state,” Bauer said.
At these competitions, Bauer had the idea to host the sport here in Gering to allow pole vaulters around our area to have to the opportunity to participate.

“I thought it would be fun. Because of her [my daughter] being a really good vaulter in high school and college, it was just a matter of using the stuff we had and finding a place to put it on. Usually, the kids from the high school want to participate during the summer,” Bauer said.

The competition is open to anyone who registers, and Bauer recommends the pole vaulters bring their own poles and spikes if they have them, however, there will be some available to use at the event.
Men and women run at the same time, starting at a low height and working their way up until only one vaulter is left. This should take about three hours, ending at around the same time as the start of the Food Fair at 5 p.m.

Medals and awards will be given to the top male and female pole vaulters as well as the youngest and oldest competitors. To register, participants can sign up at the beginning of the competition or go to the Oregon Trail Days website and fill out an application.

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