Arnold Sports Festival Columbus, Ohio
A Weekend of Sports, a Lifetime of Fitness
– With 37 events including 12 Olympic
sports, the 2009 Arnold Sports Festival presents fitness and fun for all ages
March 6-8. Since its beginning in 1989
as the Arnold Classic -- a one-day professional men’s bodybuilding competition --
the now three-day event has grown into the world’s largest multi-sport fitness
More than 170,000 sports fans are expected to witness 17,000
athletes compete in a wide variety of sports at four premier venues: the
Greater Columbus Convention Center, Franklin County Veterans Memorial, Ohio
Expo Center and Nationwide Arena. At
the heart of the festival is the three-day Arnold Fitness EXPO which features
700 fitness-related booths and ongoing stage entertainment.
Many Arnold Sports Festival participants are youth competing
in archery, boxing, cheerleading and dance, dancesport, gymnastics, fencing,
martial arts, table tennis, weightlifting and wrestling. Top student athletes have a chance to win
one of nine $2000 college scholarships presented by the Columbus Rotary.
Olympic Sports: The Arnold Sports Festival is a proving ground for many aspiring
athletes. Former Olympians and Olympic
hopefuls will appear or compete in 12 Olympic sports, including archery, boxing,
fencing, gymnastics, judo, karate, race walking, running, table tennis, tae
kwon do, weightlifting, and wrestling.
New in 2009:
The Arnold 5K Racewalk, a Sunday morning event on
Columbus downtown streets to test aerobic and speed skills.
Senior DanceSport, a senior division of this glamorous
event will demonstrate grace and athletic endurance at the Active Aging
FIE Satellite World Cup-Men’s Epee, the first time this
fencing event will be held in the U.S.
Arnold Party WithThe Pros, a night club-like party at
Lifestyle Communities Pavilion.
Also new this year is the AAA Motorcoach tours. Tickets include chartered transportation from
four cities across Ohio, three nights stay at the Hampton Inn Easton and
tickets to all three days of the Arnold EXPO.
Call (614) 866-4420 ext. 50401 for more details.
“For a $10 daily EXPO ticket you can see more world class
sporting events than anywhere else,” Co-producer Jim Lorimer said. “Bring the entire
family, there is something for everyone.”
Arnold Sports Festival events include:
Arnold Fitness EXPO
21st Arnold Classic
Amateur IFBB International Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure and Bikini Championships
Arnold Martial Arts Festival
USA Boxing Invitational Championships
Arnold Gymnastics Challenge
Cheerleading and Dance Team Championships
Arnold Strongman Contest
Arnold 5K Pump and Run
Arnold 5K Racewalk
Arnold Active Aging Festival
Arnold Archery Competition
Arnold Armwrestling Challenge
Arnold Fencing Classic
Arnold Fitness Fashion Show
Arnold Fitness Training Seminar
Arnold Party With The Pros
Arnold Strength Training Summit
Arnold Table Tennis Challenge
Arnold Weightlifting Championships
Arnold Wrestling Challenge
Arnold Youth DanceSport Classic
USA Powerlifting Championships
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com/arnold or 800-745-3000. EXPO tickets are $10/person/day and are good
for all events at the Columbus Convention Center Friday-Sunday, Nationwide
Arena Sunday for Wrestling and Ohio Expo Center/Lausche Building Friday for Archery
and can be purchased at the doors. Amateur Fitness, Figure and Bikini tickets
for Thursday nights competitions are $25 and the Amateur Bodybuilding ticket
for Friday is $25. Finals are included
in the Saturday’s $10 EXPO ticket. Tickets
to Party With The Pros Saturday evening are $25. The $350 VIP package includes reserved seating for the
professional Men’s and Women’s Finals events for Friday and Saturday evening,
Men’s Prejudging Saturday afternoon, three Expo tickets (one for each day), the
Arnold Training Seminar, Amateur events on Thursday and Friday, and Party With The
Arnold Sports Festival National Sponsors: GNC, All American EFX, Amino Vital, Bodybuilding.com,
Champion Nutrition, Gaspari Nutrition, German American Technologies, Gold’s
Gym, Jan Tana, MHP, MuscleTech, NetJets, Optimum Nutrition, Star Trac, Supro,
Twinlab, Universal Nutrition, and Vitamin Shoppe.
Arnold Fitness EXPO Sponsors: Bodybuilding.com,
BodyWell, Bulk Nutrition, EP2, ISS, Labrada Nutrition, MET-Rx, MRI, MRM,
NxLabs, Prolab, Proto Whey, SAN, and Triarco Industries.
Arnold Sports Festival Local Sponsors: 3 Point, American Dairy Association Mideast
(3-A Day), City Scene Magazine, Columbus
Dispatch (Alive), Huntington Banks, Metro Fitness, NetJets, Qfm96, Raisin
Rack, Ricart.com, and Time Warner Cable.
more information see our website: www.arnoldsportsfestival.com.
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