If you have ever pole vaulted then you have done so at some primitive level in your backyard or someone else's, sometimes without the owner's permission or knowledge. As we get older, wisdom begins to escape us and we again recreate what we wish we had when we were kids. Below is the backyard of Jim Julian (as it appeared in the Houston Chronicle), the 2005 USA Track & Field M70 Pole Vault Champion. Jim was my training partner last year and his pit was donated when Rice University got a new pit. It doesn't have to be beautiful, just functional and safe. There are links to other backyards below. Please feel free to email me your story and photos at
If you've sent me info and it's not up - PLEASE remind me. You won't be bothering me. Thanks! Bubba