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Written by Mark C. Volain

Best Summer Jams

Thanks to top traceurs, world-record holders, and zombies these top jams prove worth the summer road trip.

National Parkour Jam

◦      Madison, Wis.
◦      July 5-7
◦      After your fireworks, join the Freerun Leaders Of Wisconsin (F.L.O.W.) and Guinness World Record holder Aaron Evans, this Independence Day weekend. Besides general city jamming, gym access ($5) is available on Saturday, July 6 from 6-8 p.m.
◦      For housing, contact: F.L.O.W.


Steel City Jam

◦      Pittsburgh, Pa.
◦      July 12-14
◦      Traceurs from all over the U.S. make the trip to Pittsburgh for one of the most anticipated jams of the year. The Verona Presbyterian Church offers housing.
◦      For more info, contact: Andrew Obenreder at 412-607-6074 or Piarry Pol Kappuke-Ki at 724-980-6604
Parkour Visions Classic

◦      Seattle, Wash.
◦      July 18-21
◦      On Saturday, watch Joey Adrian, Jesse La Flair, Daer Sanchez, Yoann Leroux, and other top athletes compete in timed events at Luther Burbank Park. Capture the flag and a zombie run will follow.
◦      For more info, contact: Parkour Visions at (206) 923-8864


Northeast National Ladies Jam

◦      New York
◦      July 27-28
◦      Last year’s jam saw more than 45 women from three countries and 15 states. All ages and experience levels are invited for this two-day event exploring the city’s best jam spots, including Tompkins Square Park, the Brooklyn Museum, and Central Park.
◦      For more info, contact Caitlin Pontrella at 973-768-2915