Michigan Man, Woman Win Pump & Run
John-Paul Zebrowski of Brighton, Michigan won the 2017 Arnold 5K Pump & Run at the 2017 Arnold Sports Festival with a time of 2:00.5. Zebrowski bench pressed his body weight the maximum 30 reps (good for a 15:00 reduction) then ran a 17:00.05 5K through the streets of Downtown Columbus to win the unique test of strength and speed.
The Arnold 5K Pump & Run, in its 17th year, is the largest race of its kind in the United States. The event, which requires participants to bench press their body weight (or a percentage based on age) up to 30 times before running a 3.1-mile race, sold out at 1,000 runners.
The Arnold 5K Pump & Run, which tests overall fitness by measuring both strength and endurance, is the largest race of its kind in the United States.
Lisa Veneziano of Fenton, Mich., was the top female finisher with a time of 4:35.1, which included a 19:35.1. It was her seventh career win the event.
Evan Schwartz of Columbus, won the stand-alone Arnold 5K with a time of 15:25.3. Emily Odle of Columbus was the top female finisher in 17:40.0.
The 2017 Arnold 5K Pump & Run and accompanying stand-alone 5K were held on Sunday, March 5 in conjunction with the 2017 Arnold Sports Festival.
Registration for the 2018 Arnold 5K Pump & Run will open on Nov. 1, 2017.
Athletes from more 37 states, Washington D.C. and Canada participated in the 2017 5K Pump & Run. The Arnold 5K Pump & Run has 10 age / gender divisions. Depending on age, men must bench press 60 to 100 percent of their weight, and women 40 to 70 percent of their weight. U.S. Marine Corps drill instructors oversee the bench press and inspire lifters to their maximum.
ENTRY TO 5K PUMP & RUN OR THE ARNOLD 5K RUN / WALK INCLUDES A T-SHIRT AND A DAILY EXPO TICKET TO THE ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL.