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First ever collegiate parkour competition in Platteville this weekend

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. (KWWL) -

For the first time ever, collegiate parkour athletes will be able to compete in a national collegiate competition.  It's being held at the University of Platteville-Wisconsin, Saturday and Sunday.

Don't know what parkour is?

"It's getting from point a to point b as efficiently as possible," said Eric Neirynck, one of the organizers of the competition.

He's been doing it for two years now, and says he can't believe he's already in the position of helping get this competition together.

"Two years ago I wouldn't have thought I would be part of a parkour competition, I didn't even know what parkour was two years ago.  And it's crazy to believe that I'm part of the first competition ever in the world for the college level," Neirynck said.

While many of the people competing this weekend will be from the tri-states area, there will also be competitors from all over the country.  For them, it's a chance to prove they are real athletes.

"We train just like any other athlete.  It's a sport that can compete, it's not all trespassing and roof jumping," said Carly Foor, another member of UW-Platteville's parkour club.

They say this competition, and the attention it's garnering, is a great way to step out of the negative light so many people often paint parkour athletes in.

"A lot of people see in movies people jumping off buildings and doing all these wild stunts, so they assume we're going to go up on a rooftop and jump off.  That's not what we're doing.  We're practicing on vaults not far off the ground, not really dangerous," Neirynck said.

The competition will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon-7 p.m. on Sunday.  Public admission tickets are $10 for one day, or a two-day pass for $15.

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