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Strongest Man/Woman in the Forest XI

September 30, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


*Early Bird Special has ended – thanks to all who took advantage*

The longest running strength tradition in WV is kicking off its second decade! Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the most beloved contest in WV; a competition where more competitors have gotten their start than perhaps all of the others in the state combined. Get ready to make your mark on WV strength history at the Mountain State Forest Festival’s Strongest Man/Woman in the Forest!

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Promoter- Paul Mouser

Date/Time- Saturday, Sept. 30th. Action begins at 12:00pm.

Location- Wimer Field in Elkins, WV. Follow S Davis Ave to 13th St, field is on the left (no real address).

Weigh-ins- Begin at 8am. Athletes MUST be present by 10am regardless.

Rules/Safety Briefing- 11:00am. This meeting is mandatory.


Open,  Novice,  Masters,  Teen,   StrongMom

Weight Classes-

Women’s LW 0-120, 121-140, MW 141-160, 161-180, HW 181-200, 201+

Men’s Open LW 0-150 & 151-175,  MW 176-200, 201-231,  HW 232-265, 266-300, 301+

Consolidation of classes is possible. Divisions must have at least 5 people to ensure a qualifying spot for Nationals.

Awards- Traditional Forest Festival plaques for 1st-3rd

Entry- $62 normal, $77 late. Must have Strongman Corp (NAS) membership card present or YOU CAN PURCHASE MEMBERSHIPS AT THE SHOW with cash or check. Snail mail entries must be post marked by NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEPT 15TH. Late fee $25 and you may not receive a t-shirt. Additional shirts will be available for purchase.

Hotel- TBA. Please contact me if you will need a hotel.

Mailed entries go to- Paul Mouser, 1465 Barry St, Fairmont, WV, 26554.

Contact Info– email [email protected], phone (304) 614-5291

Events (subject to change)- Max Log, Fingal’s Finger, Atlas Stones, Pole Push, Timber Wagon Deadlift


Events (subject to change)

***Novice, Master, and Teen all move ONE LEVEL LIGHTER on the chart than their Open class equivalent***

Division Max Log (starting wt/increments) Fingal’s Finger Atlas Stones (raw) Pole Push Timber Deadlift


75/10 ½ length 95, 115, 135, 150 n/a Some wood 190-520


90/10 Full length 95, 115, 135, 150, 175 n/a More wood 250-580


105/10 Full Length 115, 135, 150, 175, 200 n/a Legit wood pile 300-630

Male Teen


105/10 ¼ weight 135, 150, 175, 200, 220 n/a Same as HWW
0-150 130/10 ¼ weight  

135, 150, 175, 200, 220


n/a More wood 350-680
175 170/20 ¼ weight 150, 175, 200, 220, 230 n/a


Half the forest 400-730
200 195/20 ½ weight  

200, 220, 230, 240, 260


n/a More forest 500-830



215/20 ½ weight 220, 230, 240, 260, 285   So many trees 575-915



215/20 Full weight 230, 240, 260, 285, 300 n/a EPA gonna get us 625-965


Fingal’s Finger

  • Athletes will have 75sec to flip the pole as many times as possible. Most flips wins.
  • Split times will be taken so that rep ties can be broken. Example: Jim does 3 flips and Joe does 3 as well, but Jim is faster. Jim wins.
  • Elbow sleeves & knee sleeves (without buckling mechanisms), a single belt, and wrist wraps are legal.


Max Log

  • Athletes will have 30sec to make a successful lift each round. There is no limit on how many attempts can be made in those 30sec. Log is to be lifted from the ground to the overhead position while standing.
  • This will be contested “last man standing” style with a 3 attempt limit; if you miss a lift you’re out. Please provide your next attempt to the score keeper within 60sec of completing your last lift or we will choose for you. 4th attempts may only be made if the athlete made all 3 previous attempts and the 3rd was within one increment of breaking (not tying) the current record. 4th attempts will count for scoring purposes.
  • Athletes must wait for the “down” signal to receive credit for their lift. To receive the signal, the feet must not be staggered, must be shoulder width or narrower, and must not be moving. The elbows and knees must be locked, and the hips must be extended with the log overhead and steady.
  • In the event of a tie, the athlete that took less attempts to reach the weight will receive the higher placing
  • Elbow sleeves & knee sleeves (without buckling mechanisms), a single belt, and wrist wraps are legal.

Pole Push

  • Athletes will have 30sec to try to maneuver their opponent outside of the 20ft border circle by pushing against a 10ft pole that both athletes are holding onto.
  • Athletes may not physically contact each other, touch any part of the body except the feet to the ground, or leave the border circle, lest the bout be awarded to the opponent. Pulling is also prohibited.
  • The exact tournament format will be determined once the entries are all received, but we will do our best to make sure everyone gets to face more than one opponent. (winner/loser bracket style)
  • Sleeves, a single belt, gloves, and wrist wraps are legal. Cleats are prohibited. Boots are recommended because regular shoes may blow out. It happened people, it happened.


The Atlas Stones

  • 75 sec to load 5 atlas stones (4 for LWW). Tacky is not allowed. Send angry letters by email please.
  • Implements must be lifted in order of lightest to heaviest
  • Stones will be loaded onto 55gal barrels
  • Fastest time wins. Don’t finish? You’ll get credit for what you did accomplish. See? I’m not so bad.


Timber Wagon Deadlift

  • 60sec to complete as many reps as possible on a wagon loaded with logs in a “progressive” format. This means weight is added each rep (in the form of volunteers tossing plates on a loading pin). Must wait for “down” command.
  • Once the final weight is reached, athletes may rep out that top weight.
  • Same starting weights as last year but higher top weights! Thank Tim and Tyler for this.
  • This will be parallel handles, and set above standard height roughly 16-18in.
  • Sleeves, one belt, and straps legal. No suits, cranes, forklifts, or hydraulic floor jacks.


General Rules/Usual Mouser Stuff

  • In the event of a tie in the final standings, 1st place finishes will decide the winner. If there is still a tie, then 2nd place finishes will be the determinant, and so on. If a tie cannot be broken this way, athletes will compete head to head in a Rep for Rep Stone to Shoulder event to determine the winner.
  • Sportsmanship is expected and required. This is the greatest sport in the world, let’s keep it that way.
  • There will be a pre-event prayer. No one is expected to participate, so please do not feel obligated. All we ask is to be respectful of those that do or do not wish to participate.
  • This is a drug free contest. If you are juiced feel free to come cheer on your buddies but please do not bother to sign up.
  • If you have a question, please ask! I would rather take a minute to clarify something than to see someone have a poor showing due to a misunderstanding.


***Registration Below***

Strongest Man/Woman in the Forest 2017

In consideration of your acceptance of this entry, I hereby, for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, and my assignees, waive, and release all rights and damages I may have against Paul Mouser, The Mountain State Forest Festival, Strongman Corp./North American Strongman, Inc., Dione Wessels, The City of Elkins, Randolph County, and all sponsors of the event, their representatives and assigns, for any and all injuries incurred by me in conjunction with this competition and in traveling to and from the event. And in further consideration of permission being granted to me to participate in the Strongest Man/Woman in the Forest and its related events, I hereby grant Strongman Corp./NAS, Inc. and/or any other approved video or entertainment organization and all of their agents, successors, licensees, and assigns, the right to photograph or otherwise reproduce (whether by film, tape, still photography or otherwise) my voice, appearance, and name, and to exhibit, distribute, transmit, and/or otherwise exploit any and all media, including without limitation, by means of still photography, motion pictures, radio, television, television motion pictures, video, printing or any other medium now known or hereafter devised, including with respect also to any merchandising, advertising, and/or publicity, and the right to use my name and information about me in any connection with any of the foregoing. The rights granted by me hereunder are granted for the entire universe and shall endure in perpetuity and no further compensation shall be payable to me at anytime in connection therewith. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to obligate Strongman Corp./NAS, INC., and/or any other approved video or entertainment organization, to photograph or otherwise reproduce my voice, appearance or name, or to make use of any rights granted herein. I also understand that the aforementioned rights may be reassigned at any time without further consent. I understand that Strongman Corp./NAS, Inc., and/or any other approved video or entertainment organization are videotaping and photographing the Event in express reliance upon foregoing, and I represent and agree that I am free to grant the rights granted to Strongman Corp./NAS INC. and/or any other approved video or entertainment organization hereunder. Therefore I affix my signature below:
  • Contestant's Name
  • Please enter your date of birth.
  • Your best contact phone
  • Example: 5ft 11in
    Open, Masters, Teen, StrongMom, or Novice?
    Tee Shirt Size. If your size is not listed, please list under "other".
  • Bio Sheet

    Bio Sheet (please complete, the audience would like to meet you!)
  • Please list imediate family members.
  • Closed... unless you really wanna pay $7,700 then we can talk...


September 30, 2017
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Paul Mouser


Wimer Field
Intersection of S Davis Ave and 14th St
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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