The Arnold Sports Festival, already the largest multi-sport event in the world, will grow even larger in 2018 when an estimated 20,000 athletes from 80 nations compete in a record 75 sports and events from March 1-4, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Headlining the nation’s largest multi-sport festival are professional bodybuilding and strongman competitions with the most well built and strongest athletes in the world. These premier physique and strongman competitions are featured on two structurally reinforced stages at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The 30th Arnold Classic will be held at Battelle Grand on Saturday, March 3, along with the Bikini International, Arnold Classic Men’s Physique and Arnold Strongman Classic Finals. Other IFBB Pro League events on the weekend include Arnold Classic 212, Fitness, Figure, Women’s Physique, Pro Wheelchair and, new in 2018, Arnold Classic Physique. The Arnold Amateur NPC Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Physique Championships will be held at the Battelle Grand and Arnold Fitness EXPO from Thursday, March 1 through Saturday, March 3 and is expected to attract more than 700 athletes from 80 nations. Sports and events at the Ohio Expo Center in 2018 include Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO, archery, baton twirling, boxing, cheerleading & dance, equestrian, gymnastics, martial arts, pickleball, table tennis, taekwondo, XPC Powerlifting and POWER X. The Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO features competitions in basketball, volleyball and martial arts as well as a talent show and teen fitness pageant. Attendees can also try out more than 20 sports with hands-on clinics lead by area sports teams and have fun trying the Spartan obstacle course and several zip lines. The Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO is Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4. New events in 2018 include Classic Physique (professional and amateur), axe throwing, body painting, equestrian, pickleball, and UMG Gaming Tournament.
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