by Al Myers
The Annual Dino Gym Challenge is now only ONE WEEK away. I have received several commitments from lifters that plan to compete. It is looking to be a well-attended meet. I’m hoping for 15-20 lifters – and I think I might get that many. The entry form is available on the website, and I’m still taking entries so it is NOT too late to attend!
A new twist has been recently added to this year’s Dino Gym Challenge. Mark Haydock, of the Hoghton Barbell Club in Preston, England has issued the Dino Gym a “head-to-head” Challenge. Of course I accepted!!! We even put up “stakes” for the challenge. The loser will have to “pay up” gym shirts to the winner. His club has three members who are going to participate – Mark, Josh Haydock, and Alex Rigbye. They plan to do the same lifts as us on the same day so the results will be known that same day. This means that the “top three” placing Dino Gym members of the day will be entered in this challenge against our English counterparts. All adjusted scores will be added together from the three participants from each club to form a final total team score. So I’m expecting BIG THINGS out of the Dino Gym members on this one – so come ready to put up BIG LIFTS!! Mark Haydock is promoting the IAWA World Championships next fall and I don’t want to have to be showing up with my “tail between my legs” paying up the losing bet!!!
If weather permits there may be a shooting contest immediately following the meet for anyone who is interested. I’m thinking of having four different competition categories.
1. 25 target trap shoot
2. 10 shot small bore (.223 and below)- 100 and 200 yards
3. 10 shot large bore (above .233)- 100 and 200 yards
4. 10 shot handgun 10 yards & 25 yards
You can enter one, a couple, or all of these categories depending on what gun/guns you bring. Let me know if anyone is interested in this. This way the Dino Challenge will cover two of my favorite interests – shooting and lifting!!! I’ll provide the targets but you provide the gun/ammo for which category you plan to enter. Handguns will be shot free hand, while rifles will be shot from a shooting bench. Bipods will be allowed.
I am in the process of having some really special awards made for this year’s meet. I really hope that they will be done in time. How many times have you went to a meet with NO ENTRY FEE and received an award? Not many I would guess – but this is the yearly Club Meet that I promote and I like to give back to our club’s membership, so I think it is only the right thing to do. I should also mention that this is a “functioning award” that I know many will like, especially guys like Dan Wagman.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone next Saturday!!!