The Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships will once again feature more than 80 of the world’s top male amateur strongman athletes and over 100 of the top female amateur athletes from more than 25 countries.
The 7th Annual Amateur World Strongman Championships will be held Friday, March 3 and Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the Arnold Sports Festival.
Returning in 2017 is the Arnold Amateur Strongwoman World Championships, which will take place alongside the men’s competition. In Strongwomen competitions, athletes from 120 pounds (54.5kg) -140 pounds (63.5 kg) compete in Lightweight Women, those from 140.5 pounds (63.7 kg) to 180 pounds (81.6kg) compete in Middle Weight Women and those over 180.5 pounds (81.9kg) compete in the Heavy Weight Women category.
For the men, the weight categories are up to 175 pounds (79.4kg) for Lightweight; 175.5 pounds (79.6kg) up to 231.4 pounds (105kg) compete in the Middleweight category and athletes over 231 pounds (105kg) compete in the Heavyweight category.
“Strongman is by no means a ‘mainstream’ sport along the lines of football, basketball or baseball, but it is becoming more and more popular,” said Dione Wessels, CEO of Strongman Corporation, the governing body for amateur strongman competitions. “Adding an amateur competition to the Arnold Sports Festival has allowed the perfect opportunity to further promote the sport of strongman in the world.”
There are an estimated 20,000 amateur strongman athletes in the North America that compete in over 200 events throughout the year.
Zach Hadge of USA won the 2016 Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships and will be invited to compete in the 2017 Arnold Strongman Classic. Other 2016 winners include Gregorz Sawronski Poland (Middleweight Men), Richard Stout USA(Lightweight Men), Donna Moore UK(Heavyweight Women), Kimberly Lawrence USA (Middleweight Women) and Kristen Bouley USA (Lightweight Women).
All athletes qualify for the Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships by winning or placing in a national championships conducted by their national federation. U.S. competitors qualified at the North American Strongman National Championships held in Quad Cities, Iowa in October 2016 as well as at a variety of Platinum Plus events held around the world.
The Arnold Amateur World Strongman Championships are governed by Strongman Corporation.