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Fun Fact: I’m a HUGE history nerd!

In order to be a part of something, you NEED to understand and appreciate the history behind the entity. With that said, enjoy a little history lesson behind the Tampa Bay Strongman Classic.

I returned from Iraq in November of 2011. I was slated to stay overseas for 6 months longer, but due to a death in the family and the fact that the U.S. was exiting the country of Iraq in December 2011, I returned to my family early. When I returned, I immediately began training for a strongman show again. In February of 2012, I approached the attorneys of ROMAN & ROMAN, P.A. about putting on a premier strength athletics event in the Tampa Bay area. They were on board and shortly there after, the inaugural Tampa Bay Strongman Classic was born. Since then, we’ve put on 4 VERY successful TBSMC’s and is considered by many to be the biggest and best strongman event in the southeast.

This couldn’t have happened without the support from my faithful sponsors throughout the years, and none more influential than ROMAN & ROMAN, P.A.

If you’re a veteran of the show, you’re probably wondering what happened last year and I would be foolish not to address that thought. Simply put, a difference in opinions on the sanctioning body lead to a temporary separation of the show from the law firm. With that said, senior attorney Tom Roman and I have agreed that unity is best for the sport in Florida and have agreed to put any misunderstandings to bed and move forward together, for the sake of the athletes and the sanctity of the sport.

We’re glad to be working together again and I feel that athletes will be the REAL winners from this reunion of resources and experience.

Tom and his staff will be on site again this year with their large tent and staff. When you see them out there, be sure to stop by and thank them for supporting strongman, the promoters and most importantly, the athletes.    -Donnie

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Registration Policy for 2016

In previous years, the TBSMC has had a strict deadline that was unforgiving. If you didn’t get your entry in on time, I’m sorry, but I couldn’t help you.

Last yea, and again this year, I’ve implemented a new policy. Instead of mild threats of losing the ability to compete, I’m using the wallet as a motivator. The early registration deadline is Sept, 18th. Until then, the entry fee is $80. On Sept 19 at 12:01AM, the price will increase to $100. That price will be good until Wednesday Oct 12. After that, until the day before the show, the price will be $120 and a shirt/competitor bag is not guaranteed

Finally, if you feel you would like to wait until the day of the event to enter, NO PROBLEM. That will be $125 (cash) and, once again, you aren’t guaranteed a competitor’s bag, with approximately $60-80 worth of SWAG and product from our sponsors.

So, it’s up to you to decide how much you’d like to pay to compete in the nationally renown Tampa Bay Strongman Classic.

The entry form will be live this week, but if you wish to reserve your spot, you can enter via PayPal now and fill out your entry form when it’s released.

The 5th Tampa Bay Strongman Classic is HERE!

5 years ago tomorrow, athletes were weighing in for a new, exciting concept of strongman shows in Florida. No longer were athletes competing in a backyard park or a strip mall parking lot like previous events. No, now athletes had a stage to shine on… literally.

This year, the anticipated Strongman show of the year in Florida is back and nothing has changed.

  • Same great venue with a large competition area and good food/drink for athletes and audience alike.
  • Carefully chosen events that excite both athlete and crowd
  • Huge sponsors adding value to the show
  • Hundreds, even thousands cheering on 50+ men and women, pouring out their heart and souls on the iron and concrete

hashtagEntry and payment will be fully automated this year, so no paper is required. Look for the entry form to be live by July 15th. Check this site, the facebook event or the Florida Strongman Facebook Page for that information.

[IMPORTANT] If you would like to ensure you are first in line (and subsequently, last to lift in your weight.age class) you can send you payment in NOW. This will afford you a spot on the roster AS LONG AS YOUR ENTRY IS RECEIVED WITHIN ONE WEEK OF THE FORM BEING RELEASED. To pay the entry fee, see the paypal link in the top right hand corner of this webpage.

We are approximately 16 weeks away! Start planning your training and more importantly, your vacation time to visit sunny Clearwater Florida in October!

5 days left until the price goes up… AGAIN!

ticking-time-bomb In just five short days, the price to enter the Attorney Fran Haasch 2015 Tampa Bay Strongman Classic goes up again. This time, it will cost you an extra 15 dollars if you want to compete with some of the strongest athletes in the southeastern United States. Don’t be “that you”, be sure to get your entry form AND payment in before Saturday night. We are at 43 athletes as of today (10/5), so there are still a few spots left. Enter by clicking the “pay now” button to the right AND emailing your entry form to TampaBaySMC@gmaill.com

See you at Quaker Steak & Lube on October 24, 2015.

PS: Hotel rooms are still available and run $79/night. The hotel is located on the venue grounds, so no travel is needed on event day!

Get with the program #newbie

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Training for the Tampa Bay Strongman Challenge? Hashtag your videos with #TBSMC so you can share your progress with the strongman community. Also, If you are training for the event and haven’t submitted your entry form yet, SHAME ON YOU! Give yourself solid goal by entering before you train. No turning back now! Train hard, my friends.

Welcome 50 Legs to the Strongman Family

Reposted from the personal FB of the show’s promoter, Donnie Kiernan

NewLogo_20121022B_300w[1]“I have some big news regarding the Attorney Fran Haasch presents the 2015 Tampa Bay Strongman Classic. Unfortunately, the Sand Soldiers of America, our charitable benefactor for the previous 3 years has disbanded. Yvette personally thanked the show, sponsors and athletes for the support shown from the conception of the event. As with every ending, there is a new beginning and the same is true now. My old friend Steve Chamberland has graciously accepted my offer to have 50 Legs.org be the beneficiary of this years event. 50 Legs assists amputees (mostly children and veterans) acquire prosthetics, in order to improve their quality of life after a traumatic experience. I look forward to working with Steve, his staff and the veterans hes helped throughout the years on October 24th at Quaker Steak and Lube Clearwater, FL !”

The 2015 edition of the Tampa Bay Strongman Classic

Welcome back, strongman fans!

This years event will be the best one yet. The events are unique, the prizes are always worth taking home and as always, we’re helping out the local veterans via the Sand Soldiers of America. As always, the GREAT people at Quaker Steak & Lube In Clearwater, FL. will be our venue for competition.

Potential Athletes: the entry form is located Here. Please fill it out and email it to TampaBaySMC@gmail.com. Entry fees can only be sent by PayPal or credit / debit card this year. It’s easy to do and you dont need a paypal account to send the money. Entry fees increase by 12 dollars if you wait until late september or early october, so just get your entry in early. $10 from each entry will be donated to the Sand Soldiers organization.

Potential Sponsors: This is the 4th year this show has gone on and each year, it just continues to grow. We have sponsorships available from  the TITLE SPONSOR to the most affordable junior sponsors. As always, we will have an expo area, complete with tents and booths available to advertise your product or service. We expect 2-3 thousand of your local market to be in attendance, watching these men and women compete.

 

Everyone else: Feel free to come out and enjoy the show these athletes put on. We only ask that you make some kind of donation to the good people at Sand Soldiers of America. Feel free to click on the link in the header to learn more about their organization.

7 Weeks out. (Class information)

Here we, are… about 7 weeks out from the competition. We’re over 1/3 full of competitors, with many promises of entries on there way. Just to be clear on a few topics now:

  • I will not accept late entries. I never have and I cant start now. So many things go on behind the scenes to make sure each competitor enjoys the competition and I cant be guessing how many will show up last minute.
  • If the Masters HWY and LWY do not each get 4 competitors by Oct 1, I will combine them and use the LWY weights for the show. As of today, there is one in each class. I offer these classes as a courtesy to the lighter guys that want compete against other light guys, but if minimal people show interest, I have to do whats best for the show.
  • Team slots are available. This does NOT mean you compete in differently, it just means you get judged for personal points AND team points if you are a qualifying member of the team.

 

Keep the entries coming and continue train smart and hard.

Lodging and Information about the “Team Competition”

I’ve had a few questions about the lodging and logistics of this years show, so I figured I’d answer them publicly.

This year’s hotel is the same as last:

La Quinta Inn & Suites Clearwater South
5000 Lake Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33760
727-299-9800

The rate is $74 per night, but you MUST ask for the Tampa Bay Strongman rate in order to get the discount.

If you have any trouble with the reservation desk, ask for the assistant Manager, Jeff Baker.

This hotel is located ON THE VENUE GROUNDS, so you don’t have to worry about parking the day of (with 3-4,000 people expected, parking will be limited).

I HIGHLY encourage you to reserve two nights and arrive early. It’s July in Florida and the beaches are minutes from the venue grounds. Relax and enjoy the area before you get ready to compete on Saturday evening.

TEAM EVENT

In order to enter a team, you must have a minimum of 4 competitors and a max of 8. The cost is $40 per team and the award is a large trophy for 1st place ONLY!

Judging will consist of the top 4 athletes on a team and the athletes will accumulate points by the following methods:
The athlete will only receive a team point if they place within the top 4 of each event.

4th place will receive 1 point
3rd place will receive 2 points
2nd place will receive 3 points and
1st place will receive 5 points (bonus point for winning event)

Example: If Magnus Von Strongmanorwoman Places 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 2nd in their respective events than he/she will received 5 points for the 1st event, 2 points for the 2nd, 0 for the 3rd and 3 for the 4th, creating a total of 10 points. The top 4 totals for each team will then be added up to see who is the winner! You MUST declare who is on your team by the entry date. There will be no additions after the entry is received.

To enter your team, please fill out the entry form, located Here