It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Hopefully you sang that in your head and then thought, “Wait, it’s not Christmas…”
Well, something even better than Christmas is upon us. Returning for its 62nd year, the Bloomer Rope Jump Contest is on Saturday, January 29th! Some call Bloomer the Rope Jump Capital of the World because of this proudly upheld tradition, which began in 1960 when former PE teacher Wally Mohrman decided to stir up some friendly classroom competition.
Word spread and Bloomer schools began to participate annually. Mohrman also introduced the “Swinging Safari”, a group of girls who do precision jump rope routines to all kinds of music. It’s quite the sight to behold.
Over the years, the event has expanded to include nationwide competitors, but the premise remains the same: How many clean jumps can you get in a given period of time? Students from first to eighth grade show off their hard work in the competition that judges on speed, endurance and accuracy. Each year, competitors hope to not only take first place, but also to set the new record.
However, the Bloomer Rope Jump Competition is about more than just winning. Event organizers and parents alike hope to teach students the power of perseverance, setting and achieving goals, and giving it your all.
Now those are some values that Bloomer Telephone can get behind.
See ya out there, Bloomer-ites.