Ohio's Strongest Celt

The top two finishers of the men's division of the Ohio's Strongest Celt competition will advance to the All American Stones of Strength Stone Lifting competition is San Clemente, CA in October. Contact Sean Urquhart [email protected] for more information.

Competitors enter all events. Fee to enter is $25.00 All events take place on Friday, June 24, 2022. Registration fee covers entry into fairgrounds and t-shirt. Events include:

  • Steinstossen
  • Stone Loading Ladder
  • Hasafell Carry
  • Steinheben

Overall medals will be awarded 1st through 6th place overall

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1) Steinstossen

  • Stone weighing 135-150 lbs
  • Stone is lifted overhead and thrown forward
  • Athletes are allowed to use any type of approach during the throw
  • A throw will be disqualified if any part of the athlete’s body steps on or over the toe board or if any part of the athlete makes contact with the ground other than their feet
  • The winner will be determined by throwing the stone the longest distance
  • Athletes will have two throws to qualify for the final heat
  • The top 3 athletes will have one final throw in the final heat to throw their longest distance

History of the Steinstossen:

The Steinstossen is an old stone throwing contest dating back to the 13th century Switzerland. Originally contested among the Alpine population and still to this day at the Unspunnenfest. The American record is held by Kevin Marx with a throw of 15 ft. 3 inches using a stone weighing 138 lbs.

2) Stone Loading Ladder

  • Four stones ranging in weight from 300 to 360 lbs will be loaded as quickly as possible onto a platform or over a caber
  • Athletes must load the stones in ascending order
  • No lifting aids other than chalk are permitted to aid in lifting the stones
  • Each stone must be successfully loaded before the next stone in the ladder can be attempted
  • Athletes will have a time limit of 3 minutes to complete the loading ladder
  • The athlete that loads the stones in the shortest time will be determined the winner

History of Stone Loading:

“The history of Gaelic strength has many references where a heavy stone was required to be lifted onto either a plinth (stone platform) or a stone wall. The lifting of a stone onto a plinth has been assumed to be a test to prove manhood. In reality, lifting a stone onto a plinth was a trial of strength to become part of an exclusive band of Clan warriors known as Buanachean.” Excerpt taken from Peter Martin in his work “Twixt the Stone and the Turf – An Understanding of Gaelic Strength and Stone Lifting”

3) History of the Husafell Carry

  • A stone weighing nearly 400 lbs will be carried for distance
  • Athletes must lift the stone from the ground
  • Athletes are permitted three attempts to lift the stone from the ground
  • If no distance is covered on the third and final attempt to lift the stone from the ground, the athlete will receive no score
  • Once an athlete begins to carry the stone, the distance will be measured until an athlete is no longer able to carry the stone
  • The athlete that carries the stone the furthest will be determined the winner

History of the Husafell Carry:

The historical Husafell stone is known by many to be the ultimate test of manhood in strength sports. Located in Husafell, Iceland, roughly 2 hours drive north from Reykjavik. The stone weighs 409 lbs and was originally used 200 years ago by a farmer (Snorri Bjornsson) as the door to his goat pen. Soon the door became a test of one’s strength and manhood. The stone is to be carried with two arms around the goat pen, measuring roughly 50 meters. The Husafell stone has been used in many strongman events including the World’s Strongest Man 1992.

4) Steinheben

  • A stone weighing over 500 lbs will be lifted from the ground
  • Athletes will stand on two platforms, one foot on each, straddling the stone
  • A handle placed in the top of the stone will be grasped with two hands
  • No lifting aids other than chalk are permitted to aid in lifting the stones
  • The athlete will lift the stone from the ground and stand fully erect (back and knees locked out)
  • Once the athlete is locked out, the judge will give the athlete a command to lower the stone to the ground.
  • If an athlete lowers the stone before given the command, the repetition will not be counted
  • The athlete that lifts the stone to full lockout for the most repetitions in a 60 second period will be determined the winner

History of the Steinheben:

The Steinheben is an old stone lifting event dating back hundreds of years primarily in the Alpine region of Europe. The event grew in popularity with the displays of strength from Hans Steyrer, a butcher and innkeeper from Germany. He was able to lift a 500 lbs stone with only one finger. He would display this strength on stage in nightly demonstrations, encouraging men from the community to try their hand at lifting the heavy stone. In modern times, competitions are held to determine which athlete is able to lift the stone the highest.

We'd like to thank our sponsor, Sullivan's Brewery and OH'Irish, for donating the t-shirts worn by our athletes, judges and athletic administrators.