by Al Myers
“Joe the Turk” Old Time Strongman Meet
Tim Piper has rescheduled his Old Time Strongman meet that was cancelled due to the unfortunate flooding that took out their gym last month. I’m glad to see that Tim has been able to get the gym back to order, and hasn’t forgot about the USAWA meet he was planning on having! I highly encourage everyone to try to make it to this meet of his and show great USAWA support!
The following was written by Tim in the “first” meet announcement. I want to reprint it again here as it gives a little understanding why the name “Joe the Turk” was given to this competition.
“Joe the Turk” was the first “strongman” in Macomb Illinois. He came to town as a part of the Salvation Army, ran the crooked mayor and his henchmen out of town, and some accounts claim he actually took over the ousted mayors duties for a short period of time. “Joe the Turk” holds a unique and special place in the history of the Macomb Salvation Army, and what better way to honor his memory but to host an OTSM in his memory. The awards for this event will be unique collectors items bearing his likeness. The meet with be held at the very same Salvation Army building that the Joe once called home. Weather permitting the meet will take place outside. My daughter and I had a great time last year at the OTSM championships and thought it would be fun to host an OTSM in Macomb. We will likely get a decent crowd of lifters from our gym but hope that more will make the trek to Macomb for some heavy lifting.
Date: July 27th, 2013
Location: 505 N. Randolph Street Macomb, IL 61455
Divisions: Juniors, Women, Masters, and Open
Rules: USAWA rules and scoring apply to all lifts. Drug testing rules apply.
Lifts: Apollon’s Lift
Dumbbell to Shoulder
Weigh-in: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. of meet day
Lifting: 11:00 a.m.
Entry Fee: $20, all profits benefit the Salvation Army lifting program
Awards: For all weight and age classes
ENTRY FORM (PDF): Joe the Turk OTSM 2013