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WORLD’S STRONGEST MAN COMPETITION Anna Maria Island & Bradenton, Florida

Tachi Palace World’s Strongest Man competition June 13th – June 16th 2019 brings with it the Game of Thrones star Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, also known for his role as Sir Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on the HBO show.

After an eventful competition in the Philippines last year, which followed two consecutive years of the contest taking place in Botswana, the 2019 World’s Strongest Man competition is back in United States. The contest took place in the United States in 2014 when the World’s Strongest Man was held in Los Angeles. This will be the very first time for the event to be held in Florida!

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The World’s Strongest Man competition has been held annually since 1977 and this
year’s event is not only taking place in Florida, but right here on the beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island as well as on Old Main Street in Bradenton, Florida.
The four day competition from Thursday, June 13th until Sunday, June 16th will include three days of qualifiers and a one-day finale. This year will bring a change from years past with five events in each qualification round and all of the groups will be doing the same five events. The five events include: truck pull, super yoke and farmer’s walk medley, overhead press, deadlift and last man standing. From pulling trucks to lifting and pressing logs, the challenges are designed to push the competitors to their limits, testing their physical strength, their agility and mental toughness.

The public is invited to watch all competitions, free of charge.

So what does this mean for guests of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals? —
— No tickets and all events will be free to attend.
— Our guests will watch the planet’s greatest strongmen compete for what may be the most coveted title in strength sports.
— You will see 25 of the sport’s most-dominant strength athletes compete for the title. — The event set-ups will be fan friendly.
— All events on the beach are within walking distance from your condo. Alternatively, you can take the Free Island Trolley to both Coquina Beach and Manatee Public Beach. Those events being held in Bradenton are approximately a 10-20 minute drive from Anna Maria Condo Rentals.

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Here’s what you can expect to see —— Athletes pulling monster trucks weighing more than 30,000 pounds, deadlifting more than 650 pounds and tossing 150-pound kettle bells.
— The field of athletes will include the reigning champion and star of “Game of Thrones” Hafthor Julius Bjornsson. Bjornsson — who is 6 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs around 400 pounds — portrayed Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane, an imposing enforcer for House Lannister, for five seasons, including the eighth and final season that concluded earlier this month. Last year, the Icelandic strongman won World’s Strongest Man, Europe’s Strongest Man and the Arnold Strongman Classic. Other competitors are, four-time World’s Strongest Man champion Brian Shaw of the United States and the 2018 runner-up, Mateusz Kieliszkowski from Poland.
— Twenty-five athletes in total will compete over the three days of qualifiers and one-day final.

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Seventeen-year-old Michael Cruz competes in the Tire Flip. Competitors had to flip a 600 lb. tire for 30 yards. Cruz finished with a time of 52.24 seconds.

Qualifying is set for:
▪ 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 13 on Old Main Street, south of Manatee Avenue near the historic courthouse in downtown Bradenton.
▪ 9 a.m. on Friday, June 14 on Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island.
▪ 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 15 at Manatee Public Beach, Anna Maria Island.
The finale is planned for 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 16 at Manatee Public Beach, Anna Maria Island.

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In the finale at Manatee Public Beach, the events include loading race (medley), deadlift hold, overhead press (medley), squat lift and Atlas stones.

This world event has an estimated international viewership of more than 220 million.
Coverage of the 2019 event will be broadcast worldwide to more than 70 countries and territories.
All free, no tickets, just come out and enjoy! Don’t forget your sunscreen.

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STAYING FIT ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

AMI Health & Fitness – 5364 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island FL 941-778-5446
Open 24 Hours is a full service fitness center offering group fitness, free weights, circuit training, cardio equipment and personal training. Modern machines, new decor makes visiting a truly enjoyable experience. Daily, weekly, monthly and annual memberships are available. AMI Health & Fitness offers you a clean, friendly fitness center with a comfortable Island atmosphere. It also has a big open room which is good for yoga, stretching, or ab workouts.

Yoga Classes – Island Yoga Space 9805 Gulf Drive , Anna Maria, Anna Maria Island FL 941-224-0292

Located at the north end of beautiful Anna Maria Island Florida offering daily classes and creative workshops in a unique, serene setting. Their upstairs studio is directly across from the white sands and turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, a tranquil location for practicing yoga.

They offer a variety of yoga disciplines. Their daily classes include Vinyasa Flow, Restorative yoga, Gentle Yin yoga, SUP Yoga and Meditation. Whether you are an area local or vacationing in the paradise of Anna Maria Island, you won’t regret choosing Island Yoga Space.

The Centre of Anna Maria Island – 407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria, Anna Maria Island Florida
941- 778-1908

The Fitness Center at The Center of Anna Maria Island is open when The Center is open and is made up of:
Cardio Center
Weight Center
Stretch and Mobility Room
Specialty Fitness Room
Fitness Classes
Fitness Classes: Classes are being added all the time so call or check on-line
Running – The island is 7 miles long. We see runners on the hard pack of the beach all the time or along Gulf Drive every day, sometimes on the sidewalks, often along the side of the road (for lack of sidewalks). So, I suggest, step out the door, run Gulf Drive or head for the beach and run there… or both, yes! How about run south to Longboat Key, which is about 5 miles/one way or North to Bean Point which is approximately 6 miles/one way. There are lots of quiet side streets to run from Bradenton Beach to the City of Anna Maria.

Last suggestion – Walk the beach, or swim in our heated pool. Both are right outside your door and easy ways to stay fit while you enjoy your vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

All locations are just a short free trolley ride from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. – Ann Maria Island, Florida 34217

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CYCLING ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

Cycling is encouraged over driving, with friendly paths and bike rentals available. You don’t have to travel with a bicycle to enjoy cycling on Anna Maria Island. Enjoy the Island wildlife as you are greeted by squirrels or native Blue Heron. If you are lucky, you may spot dolphins frolicking in the waves.

Many shops provide bike rentals for guests to just get around or to explore the island. Enjoy the day/week/month with a bike ride. Put your car keys away and enjoy your bicycle ride to the beach.

Any of these companies will be happy to help with your Bike Rental.

Fun and More Rentals offer outstanding service, and fast delivery. They will deliver bicycles anywhere on the island, along with helmets, bike passenger seats and bike trailers. In addition to standard cruisers, they also offer kid’s bikes, adult tricycles, tandems and bikes equipped with a co-pilot trainer. Rentals are available per day or per week. Delivery and helmets are free. Fun and More Rentals 941-462-2719

JUST 4 FUN pride themselves on being the Premier rental agency on the Beaches of Anna Maria Island. Their great customer service is second to none. FREE delivery is also available. JUST 4 FUN 941-896-7884

Beach Bums are eager to assist and dedicated to providing a large, meticulously maintained line of rental bikes. They offer free delivery and pick up to your Anna Maria Island Beach rental. Beach Bums 941-778-3316

Bike Paths- In addition to riding on roadways and through neighbourhoods the cities of Anna Maria Island have several designated paths. Paved bike friendly paths make it easy to ride from one end of this 7 mile long Island to the other.  Bicycles are not permitted on the beaches as the powdery sand make cruising a little difficult.

The city of Bradenton Beach has five miles of bike paths and bike lanes along Gulf Drive, connecting to more than 50 miles of similar lanes across the island, as well as more on Longboat Key.

From the condo heading south on Gulf Drive passing Cortez Beach you will then access the Coquina Beach Path which leads to beautiful Coquina Beach. Continuing south into Longboat Key will take you to St. Armand’s Circle and beyond. On the Longboat side, there is a 10 mph speed limit and cyclists are required to have a bell to ring for pedestrians.

Riding East over the Cortez or Manatee bridges provides a pleasant trail to take in the sights, sounds and smells of the Intracoastal Waterway. Travelling East on Cortez Bridge you will pass the quaint Village of Cortez and if you’re feeling adventuresome continue on into the City of Bradenton. If you travel East over the Manatee bridge there is a bike path through Robinson Preserve which offers great nature viewing opportunities along with safe flat trails.

Be sure to check out the Anna Maria Island bike path map available on-line www.cityofannamaria.com

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Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. – Anna Maria Island – Florida – 34217