Scottish Highland Games

The Indoor Scottish Highland Games return to the Arnold Sports Festival in 2019 inside the Arnold Fitness EXPO at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Thirty-five athletes will compete Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 in four divisions.

Women's Amateur (Friday morning)
Men's Masters (Friday afternoon)
ROGUE Men's Pro (Saturday morning)
Men's Amateur (Saturday afternoon)

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 third place finishers in each division will receive specially-made trophies.

2019 Events

Sheaf Toss
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.

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.

Open Stone
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.)

Caber Toss
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.

Pole Push
An extra event that gives athletes the rare opportunity to compete head to head. The opposite of tug-o-war, two athletes in a circle grab handles on a pole and try to push his opponent out of the ring.

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