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!
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: