Strongman Classic

Next year we are hoping to return to our regular competition date of June 18th @ Sam Steele Days. Registration for 2022 is now open.

Changes for 2022 - It’s outstanding to see how the women’s division has grown at our show and how the sport continues to gain popularity with women athletes!Due to this popularity, the Strongman Classic will be implementing the following staged increase in the number of women athletes competing:

2022 - total of 12 athletes.
2023 - total of 14 athletes.
2024 – total of 16 athletes.

We will also be increasing the number of guaranteed spots from three up to five. This will take effect after the 2022 show.

The Strongman Classic was back in Cranbrook, British Columbia for its 17th year! Witness amazing feats of strength like the Atlas Stones, Tire Flips, and Truck Pulls; with Hans and Franz on-site to keep the crowd PUMPED UP!

A HUGE thank you goes out to the athletes and the community that makes this event so special.

Make sure to check out our IGTV series to watch the LIVE recap of this year's Strongman Classic!

2021 Results

Women
1st Jessica Allen 40.07
2nd Anne Butters 38.1
3rd Mandi Parker 32.09

Men
1st Darcy Flaska 40.14
2nd Darren Hennig 38.13
3rd Neil Fajnor 38.11.

For full results and breakdown per event please email info@fitnessinccranbrook.com

STRONGMAN CLASSIC REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:

 

Athletes interested in competing at the 2022 Strongman Classic must email a copy of their competition history to info@fitnessinccranbrook.com by midnight November 20, 2021. It must contain the following: name/s of the competition/s, location/s of each competition/s, the date/s they occurred, the weight class you were in, total number of athletes that were in your weight class, where you placed in said competition/s or that you have no competition history. This will determine your eligibility for the 2022 Strongman Classic. 

On November 21, 2022, the nine board of directors, which is comprised of the head organizer, course administrator, judges, past athletes (both title and non-title holders), head scorekeeper, and an external non-vested interest party, will begin to review the athlete’s competition histories. 

A few days prior to the official registration day athletes will receive an email saying yay or nay to if they will receive an official invitation to register. 

There are sixteen spots available for male athletes. The top five male athletes from the previous year’s show are guaranteed a spot for the next year’s show. The remaining eleven spots are filled by order of interest.

There are ten spots available for female athletes. The top three female athletes from the previous year’s show are guaranteed a spot for the next year’s show. The remaining seven spots are filled by order of interest.

Official registration for Fitness Inc.’s 2022 Strongman Classic will then occur at 9 am MST on December 4, 2021. Registration will be on a first come first serve basis. Eligible athletes will receive an email at that time stating that the official registration is now open. Everything we do is via email and time-stamped, so please pay attention to your emails! In 2019, after the official email invitation was sent, the male division was full in 7 hours and the female division was full in 45 minutes!

As you are aware, the Strongman Classic continues to grow in popularity every year. For this reason, we are now doing a deposit system, which when paid, will register you and reserve your spot in the 2022 Strongman Classic. The $60.00 deposit must be paid via e-Transfer. The deposit will be non-refundable, with the stipulation that it will be refunded ONLY if an athlete becomes injured. A doctor’s note must be provided for the money to be refunded. 

For any overflow of athletes, we have two reserve lists.

The first one, Reserve List A, will be for athletes who submitted their competition history by midnight November 20, 2021. If these athletes e-transfer comes after the available spots are full, on the official entry date of December 4, 2021, they will have their names put on Reserve List A, according to the time they emailed.

The second one, Reserve List B, will be for athletes who express interest in competing in the Strongman Classic after the midnight November 20, 2021, deadline. Athletes will be put on this reserve list in order of the email inquiries. 

The same entry rules will apply to Reserve List B athletes with their competition history being submitted to the Board of Directors. Athletes will know within a week of submitting their competition history if they are able to be on reserve list B or not. 

STRONGMAN CLASSIC RULES:

The 2022 Strongman Classic registration will soon be here.  With the popularity of the Strongman Classic and the sport of Strongman continuing to grow we are thriving to make our entry rules grow along with them.

Please note that the Board of Directors of the Strongman Classis reviews each athlete’s competition resume on a case-by-case basis.  Decisions rendered on eligibility to compete for range from non-issues and no discussion (athlete has no competitive experience) to in-depth review and discussion regarding eligibility because of competition history (active competitive athletes).  The current format of the sport of Strongman in Canada affords individuals greater access to competition than in previous eras of the sport.  With the increase in opportunities to compete and competitions having multiple weight classes and age categories, placing is not always a true reflection of an athlete’s overall experience or ability level.  As such, an athlete’s placing at higher level competitions may mean less and is not always a true reflection of ability level and/or experience.  As a result, the Board of Directors must carefully review each and every applicant to ensure we maintain the integrity of the Strongman Classic, yet still, afford novice strongman opportunities to compete and continue to grow the sport.  We strive to be an inclusive but exclusive competition and want to ensure that the fairness and integrity of our show shine through for everyone. 

Below are the new entry rules. Have a read and as usual, if you have any questions, please let us know. 

Rule #1: Any athlete that is interested in competing in the 2022 Strongman Classic must submit, in full, a detailed list of their previous competition/s to info@fitnessinccranbrook.com  by midnight November 20, 2021. Please state the following: name/s of the competition/s, location/s of each competition/s, the date/s they occurred, the weight class you were in, total number of athletes that were in your weight class, where you placed in said competition/s or that you have no competition history. This will determine your eligibility for the 2022 Strongman Classic. 

The detailed list of every athlete’s previous competitions will be reviewed by the Board of Directors of the Strongman Classic. The Board of Directors is comprised of nine members: the head organizer, course administrator, judges, past athletes (both title and non-title holders), head scorekeeper and an external non-vested interest party.

Athletes will be emailed, up to a week in advance of the official registration, if they have received a yay or nay vote from the Board of Directors. Eligible athletes will receive an official registration email at 9:00 am MST on the December 4, 2021. 

Rule #2: We are a BEGINNER/NOVICE show.

If within the last three years an athlete has:

  • Placed first at an amateur regional show 
  • Placed in the top three at a provincial show 
  • Competed in a national or international show

Then they will be ineligible to register for the Strongman Classic.

Rule #3: The winner of the Strongman Classic, in the ladies and men’s divisions, are eligible to compete in all future years. Unless they no longer meet the eligibility requirements listed in this document. 

Rule #4: If any athlete has gone to the professional level, they must be absent from professional competition for five years to be eligible to compete in the Strongman Classic.

Notes of Interest

If after registration the Strongman Classic becomes aware that there has been failure to disclose any/all competitions and placings in said competitions the athlete will not be allowed to register for the Strongman Classic for another five years. Athlete’s will be sent an official email they have been removed from the registration list or reserve list and the reason why they have been removed. If they have made the registration list the deposit will not be refunded. 

Once the registration process starts there will be two reserve lists, A and B.

Reserve List A: For athletes who submitted their list of previous competitions on time and were eligible to receive an official registration. These athletes either did not e-Transfer their $60.00 deposit quick enough to register for one of the available positions or expressed interest in still competing after the official registration is completed. Athletes will be placed on Reserve List A in order of interest.  

Reserve List B: For athletes who express interest in competing after the competition history submission deadline. These athletes will be required to submit, in full, a detailed list of their previous competition/s to info@fitnessinccranbrook.com. The same entry rules will apply to Reserve List B athletes with their competition history being submitted to the Board of Directors. If deemed eligible by the Board of Directors, they will be placed on Reserve List B in order of interest. 

If a position becomes available on the official competition list, the athletes on Reserve List A will be emailed and offered the position first. They will have to pay the $60.00 deposit before being added to the official competition list. Once Reserve List A is empty, we will move on to Reserve List B. 

History of Strongman:

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 in 2005 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.

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 Trickle Creek Golf Resort, Mountain Spirit Resort, St. Eugene, Bridge Interiors, Lawn Barbers and Canyon Raft Company 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 $32,000 to the BCSPCA in the last nine 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 endevour is only possible through the support and hard work of those committed to putting on and improving the Strongman Classic!

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