March 2, 2016
Arnold Sports Festival Overview With more than 55 sports and events, including 14 Olympic sports, the 2016 Arnold Sports Festival presents fitness and fun for all ages March 3-6, 2016.
The festival has expanded into the world’s largest multi-sport fitness weekend since its 1989, when it debuted as the Arnold Classic, a one-day professional men’s bodybuilding competition. The Arnold Sports Festival is co-promoted by legendary bodybuilder and film star Arnold Schwarzenegger. About 185,000 sports fans are expected to see 18,000 athletes compete in a variety of more than 55 sports and events at a variety of venues. including the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Ohio Expo Center, Hilton Columbus Downtown, LC Pavilion and Hollywood Casino Columbus.
For the second straight year, the Arnold Sports Festival will present the Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO at the Ohio Expo Center. Arnold SportWorld will be held in the Bricker Building on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 and will feature demonstrations and clinics in a wide variety of sports. In addition, archery, cheerleading & dance, CrossFit Endeavor, equestrian, XPC and POWER X powerlifting and table tennis competitions will again be held at the Ohio Expo Center.
Many Arnold Sports Festival participants are youth competing in archery, boxing, cheerleading and dance, DanceSport, fencing, gymnastics, martial arts, table tennis and weightlifting. Top student athletes compete for one of ten $2,500 college scholarships presented by the Columbus Rotary and the Arnold Sports Festival.
Olympic Sports: The Arnold Sports Festival is a proving ground for many aspiring athletes. Former Olympians and Olympic hopefuls will appear or compete in 14 Olympic Sports: archery, boxing, equestrian. fencing, gymnastics, judo, running (Arnold 5K), table tennis, tae kwon do, soccer, swimming, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.
New in 2016:
* Arnold Miss Teen Fitness Pageant
* Arnold Indoor Triathlon
* Arnold Baton Twirling
* Arnold Ohio Taekwondo Championships
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