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Date(s) - 05/20/2017 - 05/21/2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Balloon Fiesta Park
Celtic Heavy Athletics are a group of different athletic events that, in part, make up a Highland Games Festival. The athletic events are focused on testing the competitors’ strength and skill using a variety of objects. While they are not directly a martial exercise, the events began as a way to encourage competition between the clans and were used as a substitute for battlefield training by the Scottish during times of occupation when the establishment and maintenance of a large fighting force was forbidden. The specific events offered can vary depending on which Games you are attending. To qualify as a Celtic Heavy Athletics competition at least five of the six events described below must be offered at the Games. The thrower, who must be kilted to participate, must compete in the majority of the events offered at a particular Games venue.
Free sports massage will be provided to the heavy athletes Saturday and Sunday in the early afternoon by students from New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics.
Registration details here: http://www.celtfestabq.com/Celtic_Games