Camp Courtney competition finds strongest of the strong
October 23, 2007
CAMP COURTNEY, Okinawa — Determination and power were needed for bragging rights to the title of strongest man at Camp Courtney on Sunday.
Billed as the Strongman Competition, it featured nine men competing in five events — the tire flip, farmer’s walk, weight-disc throw, Humvee pull and the Harley hold.
Competitors said the competition is different from power-lifting, because it requires brute strength to handle some of the unwieldy weights involved in the events.
In the tire flip, each competitor had to upend a heavy, hulking tire from a seven-ton truck as many times as he could in one minute.
Will Millan, 25, from Queens, N.Y., a Department of Defense employee, flipped his tire 22 times.
“Makes you feel like you’ve got to throw up at the end,” Millan said.
The farmer’s walk had the men struggling to traverse a 60-foot course as many times as possible, while holding a 130-pound dumbbell in each hand.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Nate Hug, 28, from Parker, Colo., who managed 114 feet, said he really felt the farmer’s walk event in his legs.
In the weight-disc throw, contestants had to toss a 45-pound weight as far as possible, receiving a score from their best two throws.
The Humvee pull was just that — pulling a Humvee and driver 65 feet in the fastest time. And the Harley hold had contestants holding an 18-pound bar at shoulder level for as long as possible.
“I love doing this,” said Roosevelt Moody, 49, from Mount Dora, Fla. “I like competing with the young guys and showing them what an old guy can do.”
Moody, of 18th Operations Support Squadron on Kadena Air Base, did that as he placed second in the heavyweight division.
The big winner of the day was Charles Dodd, 28, from Dallas, a trainer at the Risner Gym on Kadena. He placed first for each event in the heavyweight division and was named the overall winner of Strongman Competition.
“It feels good” to capture the overall title, he said. His goal was to make “a clean sweep” of the competition this year, because even though he won his division last year, he lost one of the events.
Dodd said he’d like to see more people come out to compete next year.
“It makes it better,” he said. “I really like it when a lot of competitors come out; then you know you’re the best.”
Strongman resultsCAMP COURTNEY, Okinawa — Nine men, broken down into three weight divisions, competed in five events at the Strongman Competition at Camp Courtney on Sunday.
The lightweight division was for men 165 pounds or less. Middleweight was men 166 to 199 pounds. Heavyweight was for men 200 pounds and more.
By the numbers, here’s how they placed:
Harley Bar HoldMiddleweight: Kasey NashHeavyweight: Charles Dodd
Farmer’s WalkMiddleweight: Will MillanHeavyweight: Charles Dodd
Weight-Disc Throw Middleweight: Manuel MarquezHeavyweight: Charles Dodd
Tire FlipMiddleweight: Will MillanHeavyweight: Charles Dodd
Humvee PullMiddleweight: Will MillanHeavyweight: Charles Dodd
Only one competitor, Susumu Higa, entered the lightweight division, taking all the events.
The first-place winners by division were:Lightweight: Susumu HigaMiddleweight: Will MillanHeavyweight: Charles DoddOverall winner: Charles Dodd