We are closing our tamarack Centre Location
at 11PM JANUARY 25th
We Will be Closed
January 26, 27, 28 and 29th
We will Re-Open at our NEW LOCATION
201 Industrial Rd F. Cranbrook, BC
JANUARY 30th at 5AM
History of the Strongman Classic
As with many things, what began as a small idea has grown into a big deal.
Fitness Inc.’s Strongman Classic, held annually during Sam Steele Days every June started in 2004 with a fleeting idea and a lot of heart… then came the help of two strong men.
Grant McReynolds and Cory Gillespie were competitors in other Strongman events across the country and internationally. They responded to the need for official judges for Cranbrook’s event and in doing so, shared their knowledge, allowing Fitness Inc. to host their first annual amateur competition, complete with the ever-popular semi-truck pull.
Today, the Strongman Classic is a cornerstone of Sam Steele Days, with competitors and spectators alike enjoying the day while taking part in an exciting show. The Strongman Classic is also a fundraiser, always in support of Cranbrook’s chapter of the BCSPCA; major sponsors like Aaron’s, Trickle Creek Golf Resort, Mountain Spirit Resort and Happy Duck Sprinkler Systems are huge contributors to the event, donating the raffle prizes. Between the support of these local businesses and the community, Fitness Inc. has been overjoyed to donate more than $20,000 to the BCSPCA in the last seven years.
Fitness Inc. extends gratitude and thanks to all the people involved in the event, from the sponsors to the competitors, from the volunteers to the spectators. Such an endeavour is only possible through the support and hard work of those committed to putting on and improving the Strongman Classic!
Strongman Classic Rules and Regulations
Fitness Inc.’s Strongman Classic is held on the Saturday of Sam Steele Days, always the third weekend in June. Entries are accepted until December 1st of each year with the following rules used to determine participation:
Every year registration starts on October 15th and is open until December 1. Emails are sent out to all of the athletes from the previous year’s show and a post is put on the Fitness Inc. Facebook account that registration has started.
There are sixteen spots available for male athletes. The top five male athletes from the current year’s show are guaranteed a spot for next year’s show. The remaining eleven spots are filled by order of interest.
There are eight spots available for female athletes. The top three female athletes from the current year’s show are guaranteed a spot for next year’s show. The remaining five spots are filled by order of interest.
The Strongman Classic continues to grow in popularity every year. For this reason registration is done with a deposit system.
When the deposit is paid it will register the athlete and reserve their spot in the upcoming Strongman Classic. Registration will be on a first come first serve basis. After all available spots are full, athletes will be placed on the reserve list. If an athlete from the reserve list fills an available spot, they will have to pay the deposit to reserve their spot.
The $60.00 deposit can be paid via e-Transfer any time of the day or night or by phoning Fitness Inc. Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and paying with a credit card. The $60 deposit is then put toward the total registration fee. Order of payments are time stamped by either the e-Transfer or by the credit card machine.
The deposit will be non-refundable. The deposit will be refunded ONLY if an athlete becomes injured. A doctor’s note must be provided in order for the money to be refunded.
If an athlete drops out and does not provide a reason, their deposit money will be kept and divided up in the following manner: $20 to an athlete’s prize purse, $20 to the SPCA and $20 to the Strongman Classic.
Fitness Inc. hosts a banquet the night before the Strongman Classic where the rules of competition are established as well as the order of participants for the first event, The Truck Pull. Attendance by all competitors is mandatory.