Feats of strength on display

Soldotna Strongman Contest promises properly pumped up fun

Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2000

What do get this holiday season for the sports fan who's seen it all? How about taking them to an event they haven't seen on the peninsula before -- the Soldotna Strongman Contest 2000.

The contest is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Soldotna High School gym and will feature about 10 area athletes competing in four different feats of strength. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula.

"It's going to be the kind of thing where people can come and have fun and watch," said co-organizer Billy Moiles.

Athletes will compete in the carry-and-drag, a timed event in which they will carry a pair of 150-pound semi tires around a course, then drag a 400-pound sand bag over the same course.

Next, there's the hammer hold, in which competitors must hold 20-pound sledge hammers at arm's length for as long as they can -- also a timed event.

Then, competitors will measure their explosive power with a maximum squat.

The competition will finish up with a sumo wrestling tournament -- a sure-fire crowd-pleaser.

"You'll see pure power, speed, endurance, and there's a technique event with the sumo," Moiles said. "It's an all-around strength event."

Soldotna High School track and field and cross country coach Mark Devenney will serve as the event's official referee.

The competition, inspired by the World's Strongest Man competitions televised late at night on ESPN, is the brainchild of Moiles and Soldotna High classmate Erin Carver. The duo is organizing the event to benefit the Boys and Girls Club and to fulfill a requirement for their government class at Soldotna High School.

In addition to some rousing entertainment, spectators will be treated to plenty of door prizes, raffles and food. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and $1 for children under 12.

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