2014 IHGF All-American Stones of Strength Championships & Strength Games Championships

The International Highland Games Federation (IHGF) has two competitions scheduled for San Clemente, California in October: the All-American Stones of Strength Championships and the All-American Strength Games Championships.

Man against stone: Chad Ullom locks up in an ancient test of strength.  IronMind® | Henriette Borbely photo
Man against stone: Chad Ullom locks up in an ancient test of strength.  IronMind® | Henriette Borbely photo

According to the official press release, “Strength athletes from the USA and Canada will descend upon San Clemente, California on 11-12 October, 2014 for two days of competition: first, the All-American Stones of Strength Championships on Saturday, 11 October, followed by the All-American Strength Games Championships on Sunday, 12 October.
“Stone lifting, one of the oldest known tests of strength, which can be traced back for centuries, most commonly throughout northern Europe and predominantly Scotland and Iceland, has become popular in the strength world over the past several decades.  Many of the older stone lifting feats of strength have been incorporated into today’s televised and widely viewed World’s Strongest Man contests.
“The International Highland Games Federation (IHGF) has recently been sanctioning and promoting the IHGF Stones of Strength Championships in countries like Norway and Hungary, with these contests being televised for European TV.
“Several stone lifting events, such as stone lifting, stone walking, stone pressing, stone medley and stone throwing, will make up this exceptional championships in San Clemente.  It will be a qualifier for the best U.S. and Canadian strength athletes, who will then progress to next year’s IHGF Stones of Strength World Championships, which will take place in Hungary, organized by Adam Darazs.  Athletes will have to be on top of their game in San Clemente to lay claim to the title and be crowned the  2014 IHGF All-American Stone Lifting champion.
“The following day, the second major competition will take place, the IHGF All-American Strength Games Championships.  A unique combination of strongman events, such as log press, yoke, farmer’s walk, and Atlas stones, and two events from the ancient sport of heavy athletics, 56-lb. weight over bar and stone putting, will make up the challenge.
“Both events will be filmed by Cox Communications and made into a program for TV, to be seen by approximately 1.5 million households throughout Southern California.”


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