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Default Sin City Strongman Write up by Callie (Marunde) Best

Sin City Strongman Challenge 2011
Copy write Callie (Marunde) Best

If you didn’t make it out to Las Vegas for the Sin City Strongman Challenge, The Golden Ticket, you missed a great show! The Sin City Strongman Challenge was held March 19 and 20 in downtown fabulous Las Vegas at the Gold Spike Hotel and Casino and Hogs and Heifers Saloon. The rooms were affordable and the food after both contest days was free to the competitors. The top five walked away with cold hard cash totaling over 3400 bucks, places 2nd through 4th received US Wellness Meats gift certificates, and all competitors received eight shirts and a goodie bag.

More importantly, the grand prize winner Vidas Blekaitis from Lithuania earned an invitation and paid trip to a Giants Live World’s Strongest Man Qualifying Tour contest. To give more Americans a chance to qualify for the coveted World’s Strongest Man contest, Giants Live asked Marunde-Muscle to hold a qualifying event, which birthed Sin City Strongman Challenge. This event was open to anyone who felt they were strong enough to take-off to the next level.

Not expecting international athletes to enter due to expenses and a wavering economy I was quite surprised when I began receiving entries from all over the world. I suppose when an opportunity like this presents itself, and an athlete wants a shot at the big show (WSM), this is their chance to qualify.

A lot of sponsors were involved in making this a great contest: Rolling Rock, Sol’eau Weight Loss Water, HMB Metabolic Technologies INC, Gaspari Nutrition, Dino Strength, Army, Henderson Harley Davidson, US Food Service, Tap Out Gym Las Vegas, Marunde-Muscle.com/forum, Spider Tack, I.S.S.A.C, US Wellness Meats, Gold Spike Hotel and Casino, and Hogs and Heifers Saloon, Vince Neil INK. I can’t thank them enough!

Competitors came from near and far to try and hash it out for that golden ticket. The lineup consisted of Dan Harrison (TX), Jerry Pritchett (AZ), James Rude (NV), Justin Long (NV), Vitas Blekaitis (Lithuania), Jeremy Hogg (Australia), Matt Barron (NV), Mike Jenkins (PA), Scott Cummine (Canada), Dar Vez (NV), John Conner (WI), Kalle Lane (Sweden), and finally Stefan Ringdahl (Sweden)

The first day’s events took place at the Gold Spike Hotel and Casino. We started off the day with the Dino Strength Farmers Walk 365/hand for 25 meters (82ft). Mike Jenkins won this event with a time of 10.85 sec. Jerry (The Dark Horse) Pritchett followed by a hair with 10.97 and third in the event was Vidas Blekaitis with 11.28. All top three were lightning fast with this cumbersome load. Unfortunately, Stefan Ringdahl had to drop out due to a preexisting calf injury, although he did manage to carry the farmers 27.4 ft.

The next event was the Sol’eau Dead Lift for repetitions. 705lb or 605lb was the weight the athletes attempted. We started with 705 and any man strong enough could attempt it. Setting the bar early in the game was Dan Harrison, who had to make up for his not-so-hot performance in the farmers (29.1ft). Dan got 8 repetitions. Tying Dan for third place with 8 reps was the lightest competitor, Scott (The Lion) Cummine. John (The Moose) Conner took second with 9 lifts, but it was Vidas with 10 for the win.

Following the deadlift was the Rolling Rock Stone Over Bar for Reps. The bar stayed set at 57 inches, but the athletes chose which weight to hoist over it; 380lbs. or 325lbs. There was a three way tie for third place at 5 reps with the 380 between Scott Cummine, John Conner and Mike Jenkins. Dan Harrison came in second with 6 reps and Vidas with 7 was the winner again. Luckily for us, the Gold Spike did not mind the 6 inch stone shaped divot we left in their parking lot and they invited us back again.

We ended the day at the Gold Spike with the Henderson Harley-Davidson Keg Carry and Motorcycle Pull. Competitor’s front carried a 380lb Rolling Rock keg 25m then sprinted back to the Harley, straddled by the lovely Ashley from Henderson H-D. They dragged all 1250 (approx.) pounds of it 25m to complete the course. Only 5 finished this tortuous medley, and they literally collapsed to the ground at the finish. This event really separated the men from the boys. The guys with backgrounds in athletics really shined. The fastest time was set by Mike Jenkins with 59 seconds. A long five and six seconds later came Vidas Blekaitis with 64 seconds and Dan Harrison with 65 seconds.

The guys finished up the day with a free BBQ at the Gold Spike then hit the hay in anticipation of the next day.

Day two was held outside Hogs and Heifers Saloon. Again, the smell of BBQ and the sound of heavy things crashing attracted a crowd. The first event was the Gaspari Tire Flip. The tire weighed approximately 970lbs and it felt even heavier due to the previous day’s events. Dan Harrison’s conditioning awarded him the fastest time of 48.69 seconds. About one flip behind him was Las Vegan up and comer, James Rude finishing with 1:01:69 and in third was Mike Jenkins with 1:02:10. John Conner had a respectable 1:12 and Vitas and Scott finished with 1:25 and some change.

The Rolling Rock Yoke Walk was next. After the audience had a Rolling Rock beer chugging contest in an attempt to win $100 from Vince Neil Ink we were ready to watch some more strongmen do what they do. We started with 1,000 lb., but also offered 800lb. In order for the heavier yoke to beat the lighter yoke a distance of 30ft had to be crossed before the 1,000lb counted towards points.

Vidas finished the Rolling Rock Yoke Carry in a seemingly effortless fashion, carrying it 25m in 14.87 seconds. The next fastest time by Mike Jenkins was 17.38. And finishing in third was Jerry Pritchett with a time of 19.81.

The HMB Overhead Medley was next. The athletes could pick in any order the following implements: 200lb Monster Dumbbell, 270lb. Keg, 363lb. Axle, 341lb. Log, and a 225lb Atlas Stone. Only two of the athletes hoisted all five implements in this grueling event. John Conner got credit for 4 implements in 32 seconds which was really impressive. However, much to the crowd’s delight, Mike Jenkins managed to lift all five in 49.92 seconds without breaking a sweat, but it was the overall leader, Vidas Blekaitas who further stirred the frenzied crowd as he lifted all five overhead in 42.5 seconds.

The Final event was the US Foods/ Harley-Davidson Truck and Trailer Pull. The Truck was loaded with Harleys, too, weighing around 12,000 lb.! They all wore a trusty Iron Mind truck pull harness, and using a rope was not an option. The fastest times were Jerry Pritchett with 50.87 Mike Jenkins with 42.81 and Vidas Blekaitis with 38.03.

Final scores were
Vidas Blekaitis 15, Mike Jenkins 20.5, Dan Harrison 34.5, Jerry Pritchett 40.5, John Conner 43, James Rude 47,Scott Cummine 48.5, Jeremy Hogg 56.5, Matt Barron 72.5, Justin Long 82, Dar Ves 84. Stefan Ringdahl and Kalle Lane both had to stop due to injuries.

Everyone who participated in the event mentioned Sin City Strongman Challenge was the best run show they have competed in, and they will be back next year! Also revealed was the level of soreness after, by both the athletes and the helpers. Speaking people who helped my and Nick’s most sincere gratitude go to Gigi and Bristol Marunde, Mary Alden (and her pal Judy) Lynn Johnson, Alonzo Zo-Zo Wright, Easton Taylor, Alyssa Tucker, Scott Tully, Darren Barhart, Barry Perkins, Brook Sunleaf, The Army, and everyone else who helped out! We look forward to seeing everyone back next year! But for now, get ready to see something happen in the late fall!

Thanks again to all the athletes and sponsors: Rolling Rock, Sol’eau Weight Loss Water, HMB Metabolic Technologies INC, Gaspari Nutrition, Dino Strength, Army, Henderson Harley Davidson, US Food Service, Tap Out Gym Las Vegas, Marunde-Muscle.com/forum, Spider Tack, I.S.S.A.C, US Wellness Meats, Gold Spike Hotel and Casino, Hogs and Heifers Saloon and Vince Neil INK. Thanks to those who came out in the cold (cold for Vegas anyway) and everyone who watched online! We totaled 415883 hits on MM Saturday and Sunday.

For more photos http://gallery.mac.com/alonzo.wright

Last edited by Callie Marunde; 04-05-2011 at 08:51 AM.
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Nice write up Cal, can't wait til next year.
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