The Indoor Scottish Highland Games makes its debut at the Arnold Sports Festival in 2017 inside the Arnold Fitness EXPO at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Thirty athletes will compete Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 in four divisions including Pro Men, Master’s Men, Amateur Men and Amateur Women.
Indoor Scottish Highland Games events include:
A pitchfork is used to hurl a weighted burlap bag over a horizontal bar above the competitor's head. The sack will weigh 25 pounds for the men and 15 pounds for the women. The bar will start at 18 feet and move up in increments of three feet until each division has a winner.
Keg Over Bar
Competitors will throw kegs over a bar. The height will be increased in until each division has a winner. Men will throw 1/2 kegs and women throw 1/6 kegs.
Weight Over Bar
The weight has a chain and ring attached to it for the athlete to grasp and throw over the bar. The men’s weight is 56 pounds (Masters 42#)and the women’s weight is 28 pounds. Weights are thrown over a bar starting at 12 feet. The height will be increased in until each division has a winner.
Heavy Weight for Distance
The cannon-ball style weight is equipped with a chain and handle. Athletes hurl it in a hammer-throw style for distance. Weights are 56 pounds for the Pro Men, 42 pounds for the Master’s Men, and 28 pounds for the Amateur Women.
A heavy shot put throw. Stones will weigh 20 pounds for the men and 14 pounds for the women. (The Olympics use 16 pounds for men and eight pounds for women.)
Athletes attempt to throw a 16-foot caber end over end for distance and accuracy. The cabers weigh 120 pounds for the men and 80 pounds for the women.
The professional division champion will be awarded a specially-made bronze trophy of legendary Scottish Strongman Donald Dinnie. Dinnie won the Scottish Highland Games 21 straight years from 1856-1876 and is recognized as the 19th century's greatest athlete. First, second and thrid place finishers in each division will also receive specially-made trophies.