Thousands of archers compete in Louisville

Thousands of archers compete in Louisville
Kris Bertelsen (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Kris Bertelsen (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Archery is taking the country by storm. The sport has exploded in popularity, especially with teens.

The sport has seen a huge spike in participants and thousands of them are in Louisville for the world's largest archery tournament, the National Archery in the Schools Program.

The tournament is going on at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. The event brought students from more than 40 states who had to qualify for the tournament.

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More than 13,000 students registered and there are 14,000 schools enrolled in the National Archery in the Schools Program.

The organization said 2.3 million students took part in archery at school.

One group of students made the 11 hour trip from Wisconsin just to compete.

Their teacher, Kris Bertelsen, said archery is "the thing" at their school. He said girls and boys compete in co-gender archery teams.

"This is one of those sports where it really puts females and males in the same level. We don't separate. They do for some of the trophies but they don't have to and we have a 50-50 split in our program for boys and girls," Bertelsen said.

The event also brought with it the world's largest archery range - it came in at 1,850 feet long.

The event will continue through May 14. That's when they'll award $192,000 in scholarships to the top students and teams.

For more information about the tournament, click here.

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