by Thom Van Vleck
OLD TIME STRONGMAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Last year we had our inaugural OTSM Championship at the JWC Training Hall (AKA “Modern Day Torture Chamber” or “My basement”). I thought it went pretty well and as a result I want to make this an annual event. The date will be October 14, 2012, with the start time being 10:00am (weigh in’s will happen at 12:00am the morning of the meet or between 9 and 10am before the meet). The location for the meet will again be the JWC Training Hall. However, there may be an exception. Last year we had 10 strongmen show up. This year if I get enough signed up before hand I plan on returning to the venue we used for the 2011 USAWA Nationals (the old Williard School Gymnasium). I would say anything over 15 competitors would cause me to have to make that call as my gym was pretty crammed with 10 lifters. That will be a nice problem to have!
Now, a quick history lesson. This event will be held the day after my Scottish Highland Games. In 1999 when I first started that event I had a strongman contest the next day. If you competed both days you won an “Iron Man Award”. I did that for several years and at one point hit 33 competitors for the strongman event! Then I had a sharp decline and then dropped it until Al Myers and I talked about me holding an OTSM event. I thought “PERFECT”! I can bring back the Iron Man weekend! So, that is why this event will be held on a Sunday and on that date as my Highland Games will be held on October 13th. Setting dates locally is a real challenge for me due to several big events in Kirksville around that time. If I held it any other weekend there would be almost NO WAY anyone could get a motel room. So, that’s why I was limited to that date.
Since this event is the day after my Highland Games it’s a chance to compete in both! You know you always wanted to dress up in a kilt! Now’s your chance! So sign up for both! Special Iron Man award for those who survive both days. This isn’t a “participation award” this is a SURVIVED IT award!
Now, for the meet information. I plan on having shirts and awards, plus water and drinks available to the lifters. I plan on the following events:
Bob People’s Deadlift
Lifts will be finalized after Nationals in June after the USAWA Nationals and the annual meeting. Entry is $25, but if you enter both the Highland Games ($25) and the OTSM you get both entries for $40 (saving $10). Three attempts per event, total poundage will determine weight class winners. Overall best lifter will be determined by weight and age formula per USAWA rules.
OTSM entry form – 2012 Old Time Strongman Entry Form
Kirksville Games entry form – 2012 Kirksville Highland Games Entry Form
Contact Thom Van Vleck at firstname.lastname@example.org or 660 341 1755 for details.