May 6, 2023

SwordStrong KC


Olathe, KS

This competition is designed for those curious about strongman and are wanting to test their mettle in a Novice Only environment! We have chosen events that will be both fun and challenging, but with a bit of historic flair. This competition will coincide with an Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) tournament presented by Baer Swords School of Western Martial Arts.  Baer Swords is our partner and sponsor and we would love for competitors to cross-over from both sports.  If you are interested in jumping into HEMA you can find out more information about the tournament here: https://baerswords.com/swordstrong-kc


The official Facebook event page is here: https://fb.me/e/38CVM6CvV

UPDATE (April 18, 2023)

Yes, there will be a rules meeting the morning of the meet.  Rules will be explained and questions answered at 0900 (9:00AM CST).  We plan to start promptly at 0930 with the Axle Clean and Press. 

UPDATE (April 14, 2023)

This next week is the last week to sign up and be guaranteed a shirt (LAST DAY IS April 20, 2023).  This is the time for any last minute entries!

Thanks to our sponsors we have been able to guarantee custom trophies for first place in all four divisions and medals for second and third place.

UPDATE (March 28, 2023)

Modification to the final event: The loading race will no longer include a wagon.  We are happy to announce we will have a Rogue Alpaca sled for loading and pushing!  Video of actual event will be uploaded to the official Facebook event page mid-April. Keep focusing on carries and implement pulls and you will be just fine!

UPDATE (February 21, 2023)

We have confirmed that we will have a massage therapist offering chair massages and a Corrective Exercise Specialist offering a limited number of Cold Laser Therapy spots during the meet!  Another reason to sign-up now!

Today (January 28, 2023) we have a new SwordStrongKC update!
We are thrilled to be able to offer a limited number of hotel rooms at a discounted rate for those travelling from out of town!

The first weekend in May will see many events taking place in the KC Metro area and hotel rooms will be at a premium - be sure to book your rooms early to get your discount.

Also, you can now buy a spectator ticket for only $5 and you get in to BOTH days of the event AND a free class at Baer Swords Baerswords School of Western Martial Arts!!



We are excited to announce that in addition to the four original events there will also be a fifth SHARED event between the HEMA tournament and the Strongman meet.  It is a Front Hold (for time).  Competitors from either event may compete in holding a longsword at arms length for as long as possible.  Weight will be added to the tip of the longsword over time.  More information and rules will be added here and the Facebook event page as we get closer to the day of the meet.



Axle Clean and Press

  • 60 seconds time limit
  • Competitor will clean the axle from drop pads and press above head - the axle must be clean and pressed for each rep to count.  This is not a "press away" event.
  • Athlete must wait for the judges down command
  • Allowed: Wrist wraps, belts, chalk, grip shirts, sleeves
  • Not allowed: Tacky

Deadlift Medley (Axle and Trap Bar)

  • 60 second time limit
  • Deadlift the Axle twice (from blocks), and the Trap Bar for AMRAP in the remaining time
  • Score given for most total reps
  • Judge must give down command for completed lift – hips and knees locked.
  • Allowed: straps (figure 8 are ok), belts, and hitching
  • Not allowed: Sumo, baby oil, baby powder, suits, and briefs

Uneven Weight Walk & Hold

  • No time limit
  • 20ft course
  • Weights are uneven.  The weights will be lifted using replica Dinnie Stone rings attached to pins.  Competitor will lift the weighted pins from the ground, walk 20ft, and then hold for time. Hook grip is expected and encouraged.
  • Anyone that does not finish, total distance will be measured
  • Allowed: Sleeves, belts, wrist wraps, and chalk
  • Not allowed: Tacky and straps of any kind

Loading Race and Sled Push

  • 60 second time limit
  • 35ft course
  • Competitor will begin on judge’s command
  • Keg will be carried 35ft, competitor must cross over the line
  • Competitor lifts sandbag, runs 35ft back and loads into sled
  • Competitor takes hold of sled bars and pushes sled across finish line.  The entire sled must cross the line.
  • Time ends once the entire sled crosses the line.
  • If the competitor fails to complete the entire race their distance will be measured
  • Allowed: Grip shirts, belts, chalk, sleeves, and wrist wraps
  • Not allowed: Absolutely no tacky (you should see a trend by now)

Weigh-in times have been changed the day before the event: Weigh-ins/packet pick-up FRIDAY, May 5th are from 2:00pm - 5:00pm AT Crossroads Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 1808 McGee St., Kansas City, MO 64108. Additional weigh-ins are 7:30am - 8:30am the day of the event AT HOMEFIELD (Venue address).  Everyone MUST weigh-in.  Iron Podium and the Facebook event will be updated as we get closer to the event date.

All events will be done outside, so please plan and dress accordingly. There will be plenty of water available throughout the day. Weights for the events are subject to change based on testing on the specific implements, but final weights will be similar, if not the same, as those listed.

Follow the Facebook event (https://fb.me/e/38CVM6CvV) for more updates and video demos of the events.

Homefield Olathe
2115 E Kansas City Rd
Olathe, KS 66061
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May 06, 2023

Start Time
9:30 AM
Meet Director
Wyatt Meriwether

Sponsored by

Events and Weights
Division Axle Clean & PressDeadlift MedleyUneven Weight Walk & HoldLoading Race and Sled Push
Novice W LW (165-)95185, 20595, 125140, 100
Novice W HW (165+)115205, 225120, 155165, 150
Novice M LW (220-)185405, 425145, 190215, 200
Novice Men (Single Class)TBDTBDTBDTBD
Novice M HW (220+)205425, 445175, 225235, 220
Masters Men (Single Class)TBDTBDTBDTBD

Regular Price
Registration Closes Apr 26, 2023

Refund Policy
No refunds.
This event is limited to 40 athletes.
31 spots remain.