Boom running is a sport where competitor runs across the string of logs attached end to end in water. The main objective of the game is to run across the log booms, around the obstacle and come back faster then the opponent.
Boom running originated from the work of lumberjacks. The log booms used to sort out logs, after they were driven down the rivers to the sawmills. Every logging company had its own brand or stamp at the end of the log, which distinguished it from others.
The logs were sorted according to brand at the mill pond. For keeping them separated from each other, large booms were made. It was a string of logs that were attached end to end in a circle or across a river. If a log boom would break, then there was a threat that the logs would get mix together. Therefore, somebody was given the duty to run across theb oom for fixing before it happens.
After the timber was cut, the lumberjacks had contests for determining who has best skills including boom running. And this was how the sport was born.
The Boom Composition
The log booms were made of string of logs that kept floating in the water and were connected to each other's end in a curved or a straight line. But today the booms are generally consistent from contest.
Around 6 to 12 logs are kept.
The length of logs can be anywhere from 14 to 8 feet.
Diameter of each log is usually from 12 to 20 inches.
The logs used are always in raw form.
These are connected by rope and not chain for safety.
Usually all the logs are stung in straight line, but curved or circular booms are also used.
Today's Boom Run
The boom run done today is not much different from the old time booms. All the logs are still tied from one point and competitor has to run across and come back. But, the major difference lies in the size of the logs. Older booms had long and large logs at times 16 feet long, with a couple of feet in diameter. The booms used today have smaller and shorter logs. Their length may be 14 feet and diameter will not be beyond 12 inches.
Some hazards are obviously related to boom running. Falling and landing of the logs is a common risk. Falling and landing between the logs is a lesser concern. In the recent years, jumping for and missing the finishing, or the opposing dock has been reported as an issue, where competitors got minor injuries. But serious injury or death has never been reported in any event.
Running the Boom
Number of techniques are currently used. No matter what you are listening to, the main aim is to get across and back faster. Quick feet is one skill every competitor must have to win the game.