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Arnold Sports Festival Columbus, Ohio

A Weekend of Sports, a Lifetime of Fitness

Columbus, Ohio 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 weekend. 

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 Festival.

·        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

·        Ms. International

·        Fitness International

·        Figure International

·          Amateur IFBB International Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure and Bikini Championships

·        Arnold Martial Arts Festival

·       Arnold USA Boxing Invitational Championships

·        Arnold Gymnastics Challenge

·       Arnold 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 Pros.

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.

For more information see our website:  www.arnoldsportsfestival.com.

Media Contacts:

Matt Lorz

Suzanne Irwin

Brent LaLonde


Lorz Communications, Inc. 

SEI Media Relations

LaLonde Communications


(614) 443-1877 Phone

(614) 431-2600 Phone

(614) 562-0940 Phone





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