Scott McNicol lifts a 300-pound boulder during last year's Canada Day Strongman Competition.

Testing all aspects of strength

The second annual Strongman Competition in Hope returns Canada Day

Come rain or shine… maybe even high water… Canada Day in Hope will see the return of the popular Strongman and Strongwoman competitions that hit the town like a storm last year.

Event promoter, Karen Scalise of Muscleworks Gym said on Monday, “We had 4,500 to 5,000 people there last year — and we’re hoping for even more this year.

“Last time, there had been a big rain before and there was a washout on Highway 1 and four guys couldn’t make it. The weather on the day ended up great, though. It was 30 degrees.

Scalise said the Classic Car Show won’t be squeezing the athletic event for space this year, as the cars will be parking on the grass by the bandstand.

“Hopefully, we’ll be having some grandstands for people to sit on,” added Scalise. People can also bring lawn chairs or sit on the curb.

“I’ve picked up eight more local sponsors this year,” she enthused. “So we’ve got bigger cash prizes for first, second and third place — and the trophies made by Don Wiens for first place in each division. Everyone loves those trophies.”

Event coordinator Robin Wright will be bringing his heavy-duty road show down from Kamloops and setting up the events in the 300-block of Wallace Street on Sunday morning. The competition begins at 10 a.m. and will go until 4 or 5 p.m., figured Scalise.

About a dozen competitors are signed up so far, but they can still sign up on Canada Day. Scalise said if the numbers get too large, they will shift to repetitions, rather than elapsed time for some of the feats, such as the car lift.

Wright said he’ll have the same six events as last year: the log press, tire flip, truck pull, car deadlift, static hold and Atlas stones.

He also has activities planned for the kids.

“We’ll have a mini log press for kids and a mini stone lift, as well as a tug-of-war for all the kids and athletes,” said Wright. “The kids’ log press and stone lift will be mid-way through the event but the tug-of-war will be at the end, as to not tax the athletes.

“Jamie Davis is supplying us with the same 31,000-pound tow truck as last year,” said Wright, “but he has a new truck of 75,000 pounds to offer up for the heavy-weight division.”

The remaining question is: who will enter from Hope? Scott McNicol was a crowd favourite last year but he hasn’t committed yet — nor has Destin Phillips, said Scalise.

Women are welcome, too. Only one has signed up so far and she needs some competition.

Just Posted

B.C. BUDGET: Fare freeze, free travel for seniors on BC Ferries

A complete fare freeze will be put into place on major routes, and fares will be rolled back on smaller routes by 15 per cent

Driver of vehicle down 90-foot embankment rescued on Highway 5 near Hope

Rope rescue conducted on mutual-aid call with Chilliwack SAR, Hope SAR and Agassiz fire department

UPDATE: Missing Dawson Creek not a risk to public, Hope RCMP says

33-year-old Jeremiah Alexander Smith’s vehicle found abandoned near Hope Feb. 14

BC BUDGET: New spaces a step to universal child care

Fees reduced for licensed daycare operators

BC BUDGET: NDP cracks down on speculators, hidden ownership

Foreign buyers’ tax extended to Fraser Valley, Okanagan, Vancouver Island

VIDEO: Top 10 B.C. budget highlights

The NDP is focusing on childcare, affordable housing and speeding up the elimination of MSP premiums

Canucks blow three goal lead, lose to Avalanche in overtime

Vancouver struggled on the penalty kill, as Colorado scored all five goals on the powerplay

Widow of avalanche victim sues Golden lodge operator

A woman from Alberta is suing guides, their mountain guide association and the lodge operator for negligence

BC BUDGET: NDP hope to nix court delays with $15 million cash influx

Union says funding could stop sheriffs from leaving for higher paid jobs

Cattlemen urge B.C. to prevent erosion caused during 2017 wildfire season

Other concerns are fencing restoration and repair, and a lack of feed for cattle.

Patrick Brown’s Tory leadership bid fate looms

Brown’s bid to for Tory leadership to be decided on Wednesday

Alberta shrugs off B.C. legal challenge on wine ban

The potential fine Alberta faces for violating free trade rules according to economic development minister

Yelling vulgar slur at reporter not a crime says judge

Judge rules ‘vulgar’ slur against reporter was not a public disturbance

Most Read