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ORU Strongman Competition & Team Pull/Tug-O-War

StrongmanThe Oral Roberts University Aerobics Center has partnered with Living Well Ministries to bring you the first ever ORU Strongman Competition. The event will take place in the Mabee Center parking lot on Saturday, April 12th. The ORU Strongman Competition intends to promote healthier lives and give inspiration to take action. This competition provides participants the opportunity to reach new personal milestones while competing and socializing in an enjoyable environment. The Aerobics Center Director, Julie Dunn, challenges you to “Go head to head with Tulsa’s Fire and Police departments at the first ever ORU Strong Man Competition.” Spectators are welcome to cheer on participants as they compete for the first ever title of "ORU Strongman."

There will be fun for all ages including a Kid’s Zone obstacle course by Vertical Limit Cross fit. There will also be an Air Force game zone, and a rock climbing wall. In addition, Health Zone of Saint Francis will be offering free health screenings to families and children of all ages.

This will be the 5th collegiate level Strongman competition facilitated by Greg McCann, founder and executive director of Living Well Ministries, Brad Johnson, retired professional strongman, and Steven Morales, personal trainer. Previous Collegiate competitions include: OSU and TCC.

Greg McCann has served as a health/fitness professional for the last 29 years for the U.S. Peace Corps, Health Zone, and TCC. Brad Johnson held 3rd and 4th place for the U.S. in the professional strongman lightweight division over his 5 year career. He was featured on the BBC/Discovery Channel TV Show “Last One Standing”. He is currently working on a non-profit wellness mentoring program for kids.

the competition will be split into three weight divisions: Male 210 lbs and above, Male 209 lbs and below, and a Female division. Weigh-ins will begin at 9 AM in the Mabee Center South Lobby and events will start at 10 AM. Events include: Culligan water jug load, barrel toss, truck pull (Culligan water truck, TPD Special Weapons vehicle, and TFP Grass Rig), and a medley including farmer's walk, yoke walk, and tire flip. Finalists will earn their spot in an elimination tug-o-war round. Judging will be based on technique and time/distance for each event. Each participant will receive a t-shirt with registration. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 competitors in each division. Snacks and drinks will be available for each participant during breaks.

Immediately following the main competition will be separate Team Challenges as police and firemen battle out their badges in a heated Tug-O-War and Double Fire Truck Team Pull! This team event is open to the extended Tulsa area. We’re encouraging area businesses, athletic teams, media crews, and more to sign up for this team competition. Have a group that you would like challenged? Sign up for this team vs. team event by calling 918-495-6640.

For more information about the ORU Strongman Competition, please visit MabeeCenter.com. For direct registration, visit www.signmeup.com/97674 or register in person at the Aerobics Center front desk. The deadline for registration is March 31st. Please direct all sponsorship inquiries to Julie Dunn at jdunn@oru.edu or visit aerobics.oru.edu.