Growing up, young boys enjoy thoughts of being the strongest man in the world. The fantasy is quickly forgotten by most when exposed to harsh realities like tight pickle jars. Participants in the third annual Maximus Y Strongman Challenge haven’t let those dreams fade. Men and women of all sizes and ages will unleash their inner Hercules and participate in a variety of grueling events in a quest for local strongperson supremacy. No doubt they’re inspired by event organizer and real-life strongman Orlando Maximus Green. Though knee injuries have sidelined Green from competition, the chiseled fortysomething is a renowned dead-lifter with world records. Unfamiliar with the event? It’s the ultimate test of strength, and there are some gruesome internet videos that prove it.
Men and women compete in different weight and carry challenges. See Calendar Pick on p. 14.