09 March, 2015


Rand Show 2015 sees a host of top strength athletes compete in the Rand Show Strongest Man 2015 competition, a qualifying round for the title of SA's Strongest Man. On Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 April the Main Arena will reverberate to the sound of a titanic battle of strength as the competitors vie for top three honours to qualify for the finals of SA's Strongest Man in September 2015.

Crowd-favourite and current Champion Ettiene Smit, an eight-time winner of this strength event will be fending off a strong field of contenders. Amongst these 2012 and 2013 Champion, Tristen O'Brien; three-time Champion, Willie White; and current under 150kg defending champion Frikkie Page who is hoping to take on the big guys at the Rand Show. Other well-known strength athletes taking part include Kelin Mills, Andre Sweeney, Theron Kleinhans, Sholto Luiters and Jared Leask.

One of the most impressive challenges is the Truck Pull, a signature World's Strongest Man event. At the end of Saturday's competition the top contestants will be strapped into a harness connecting them to an 18-ton truck which they must pull for a distance of 20 metres with the fastest time determining the winner.

Sunday sees the leaders reeling the truck in, in an event known as the Hand-over-Hand Truck Pull. Still 18-tons of machinery but this time competitors need to use a rope to pull the truck towards them for 20 metres - again the fastest time wins!

A gruelling series of events precedes the truck pull including the Car Deadlift requiring competitors to lift the back of a 360-kg car as many times as possible in 60 seconds; the 380-kg Yoke Carry; Overhead Medley; Circle Walk; Carry and Load Medley; Axle and Log Lift for maximum weight; the Atlas Stones and many more popular strength-events.

Just watching this formidable yet entertaining challenge will surely be enough to pull a muscle.


Dates: Easter Friday, 3 April, to Sunday, 12 April 2015

Show Hours: Gates open daily at 09h00. Ticket booths and gates close at 18h00.
Show closes at 19h00.

Venue:   Johannesburg Expo Centre, Rand Show Road, Nasrec. (GPS - S26°14.484' E27°58.510)


Adults pay R120 at the gates or R100 through Computicket
R50 for pensioners over 65
R50 for teens aged 13 - 16
R20 for kids aged 6 - 12
No charge for children under 6

Tickets are available at the gates or through Computicket (there is no surcharge on Computicket tickets)

Value:Entrance tickets give visitors free entry to the Rand Show's top attractions. Rides are charged separately.