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 $16,000 to the BCSPCA in the last six 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:
Men’s Division: a total of sixteen spaces are available, made up of the following: the top five (5) male athletes from the previous year are given an automatic berth with the remaining spaces selected by random draws done by the current Sam Steele Sweetheart and Princess.
Women’s Division: a total of eight spaces are available, made up of the following: the top three (3) female athletes from the previous year are given an automatic berth with the remaining spaces selected by random draws done by the current Sam Steele Sweetheart and Princess.
Once all spaces are determined, any remaining entrants will have their names put on a reserve list in the order they were drawn and will have opportunity to participate should a confirmed competitor withdraw.
All communication with athletes, either confirmed or on the reserve list, will be done via email.
Invitations to athletes holding an automatic berth are sent October 15th for the coming event and the deadline to confirm participation is December 1st.
If confirmation of participation is not received from the returning athletes by the deadline, the invitation is extended to the next athlete in the standings from the previous year.
Registration packages are emailed to by the middle of March and must be returned by the first weekend in May.
Entry fees are to be paid in full with registration and are non-refundable.
Registrations not returned by the deadline will be considered null and void. That participant’s space will then be offered to the next in line on the reserve list who then have seven (7) days to respond and register.
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.