Battle of the behemoths at Rand Show 2015


Words: SA Shows

Rand Show 2015 sees a host of top strength athletes compete in the Rand Show Strongest Man 2015 competition, a qualifying round for the title of SA's Strongest Man. On Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 April the Main Arena will reverberate to the sound of a titanic battle of strength as the competitors vie for top three honours to qualify for the finals of SA's Strongest Man in September 2015.

Courtesy of: SA Shows

Crowd-favourite and current Champion Ettiene Smit, an eight-time winner of this strength event will be fending off a strong field of contenders. Amongst these 2012 and 2013 Champion, Tristen O'Brien; three-time Champion, Willie White; and current under 150kg defending champion Frikkie Page who is hoping to take on the big guys at the Rand Show. Other well-known strength athletes taking part include Kelin Mills, Andre Sweeney, Theron Kleinhans, Sholto Luiters and Jared Leask.

One of the most impressive challenges is the Truck Pull, a signature World's Strongest Man event. At the end of Saturday's competition the top contestants will be strapped into a harness connecting them to an 18-ton truck which they must pull for a distance of 20 metres with the fastest time determining the winner.

Sunday sees the leaders reeling the truck in, in an event known as the Hand-over-Hand Truck Pull. Still 18-tons of machinery but this time competitors need to use a rope to pull the truck towards them for 20 metres - again the fastest time wins!

A gruelling series of events precedes the truck pull including the Car Deadlift requiring competitors to lift the back of a 360-kg car as many times as possible in 60 seconds; the 380-kg Yoke Carry; Overhead Medley; Circle Walk; Carry and Load Medley; Axle and Log Lift for maximum weight; the Atlas Stones and many more popular strength-events.

Just watching this formidable yet entertaining challenge will surely be enough to pull a muscle.

South Africa's largest consumer show, with so much to see and do you'd best get there early. From lifestyle exhibits, shopping and great deals, to a top-class line-up of entertainment perfect for the whole family, the Rand Show is truly "A Great Day Out". Get ready for full-throttle family fun this Easter with the SANDF's action-packed arena displays, giant slides and jumping castles in the Kids Paradise indoor playground, science-wizardry with the Naked Scientist, the SA's Strongest Man qualifier and truck pull, animal shows in Animal Kingdom, top local performers and motoring displays to mention but a few . and all of this is included in the cost of the entrance ticket. (Attractions are subject to change without notice). (Rides such as the Fun Fair, Monorail, Helicopters, Drifting, etc. are charged for by external operators).

Dates: Easter Friday, 3 April, to Sunday, 12 April 2015
Show Hours: Gates open daily at 09h00. Ticket booths and gates close at 18h00. Show closes at 19h00.
Venue: Johannesburg Expo Centre, Rand Show Road, Nasrec. (GPS - S26°14.484' E27°58.510)

Adults pay R120 at the gates or R100 through Computicket
R50 for pensioners over 65
R50 for teens aged 13 - 16
R20 for kids aged 6 - 12
No charge for children under 6

Tickets are available at the gates or through Computicket (there is no surcharge on Computicket tickets)

Value: Entrance tickets give visitors free entry to the Rand Show's top attractions. Rides are charged separately.