Why, Yes, That Is A Pole Vault In Downtown D.C.

Generally speaking, Freedom Plaza is filled with suits and somewhat lost tourists on weekdays and, most of the time these days, sign-wielding protestors on weekends. Things are taking a brief, but pretty sharp turn from the quotidian. Why, yes, that is a pole vault set up in the middle of federal Washington.

DC Vault is hosting an exhibition today and a formal competition tomorrow, both of which are open to the public and free to watch. The reigning men’s world champion pole vaulter, several Olympians, and a 72-year-old master’s world champion are all in town to attend.

If the setting is a bit surreal, so, too, is the sport in many ways.

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