Thunder rolls into Lismore, again

HEAVE:A scene from the 2011 strongman competiton.
HEAVE:A scene from the 2011 strongman competiton.

TEN teams of Lismore athletes will be competing this Saturday, July 28 for the title of the strongest team in town.

Each team of four athletes will pull a 30 tonne truck for two minutes in Keen Street. The team that moves the truck the furthest will be crowned champion.

Every team will start with one competitor pulling the truck alone. The rest of the athletes will join the effort every 10 seconds until all four are pulling.

Before the teams start the competition, strong man Derek Boyer (aka Thunder from Gladiators) will attempt to move the truck on his own for two minutes.

The truck may possibly be the biggest vehicle seen for a long time in Lismore CBD, as it is 27 meters long and will mean altering normal traffic in the centre of town for a couple of hours.

Severino DaRoit from the Lismore Festival of Fitness, explained that the event will be a free activity, but fundraisers will be collecting money for the Rescue Helicopter service "and silent donations of notes of every denomination are encouraged," he said.

"We will have teams from gyms and sports clubs, and even the ladies from the Northern Rivers Roller Derby will be competing," Mr DaRoit said.

The event begins at 11am.

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