Bloomer (WQOW) - It's the event that made Bloomer the unofficial Rope Jump Capital of the World; the annual youth speed jump competition returned for the 60th year on Saturday.
Hundreds of Chippewa Valley kids from first through eighth grade took to the stage to see who could get the most jumps over the rope in ten seconds.
Paul Morning, event organizer and current world record holder for speed jump roping, said it's not just about speed, but endurance and accuracy to win.
He said that in addition to bringing some friendly competition, the challenge also teaches students how to achieve their goals.
"Increasing your personal best is really where it's at," Morning said. "And coming back the next year and going, 'I'm going to achieve that!' And giving it your all and practicing, practicing just like they would with any other sport."
This year's grand champion was Turner Czekalski from St. Paul's Catholic School in Bloomer who got 63 jumps. It's his fourth year in a row winning the top prize.