SportsEvents Magazine

JAN 2017

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Page 34 of 67 January 2017 35 WHERE DEDICATION TO YOUR SUCCESSFUL EVENT IS OUR BADGE OF HONOR. OPEN UP TO DEDICATION Just minutes north of Seattle, you'll find a great selection of sports venues for your event. In addition to complete event organization assistance, you'll find over 5,000 hotel rooms, endless outdoor adventures and unlimited opportunities for fun. Contact Tammy Dunn, CSEE at 888-338-0976, ext. 102 What started out as a small sport for a niche group of athletes has grown into a major event with global popularity and millions of fans: The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Professional & Collegiate Champion- ships. The lumberjack sporting event assem- bled the world's top lumberjack athletes to compete in wood-chopping, cutting and sawing competitions. Deemed the "Original Extreme Sport," the champion- ships included six lumberjack disciplines: the hot saw, single buck, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop. Professional athletes competed in four qualifiers, with the top 20 advancing to the U.S. Championship. College athletes competed in five qualifiers, with the winner of each advancing to the Colle- giate Championship. Some of the best lumberjacks in the country participated in last year's event, including three-time champion Matt Cogar, legendary veterans Mel Lentz and Arden Cogar, Jr., and young stars Jason Lentz and Nathan Waterfield. For the third straight year, the champi- onships aired on ABC and the Professional Series re-aired on ESPN and ESPN2. "It's such a special event because it's so unique," Joel Koester said. "Everyone is so used to watching core sports like football, hockey and soccer. To have the event televised on a national stage where the country can watch these amazing lumberjacks compete is great for the sport." For the first time in the Professional Series' 31-year history, a Chicago-area city — Tinley Park — hosted the compe- tition. The city's large footprint, growing Midwestern fan base and prodigious venue — the Tinley Park Convention Center — made it the ideal destination for the sport's biggest U.S. event of the year. n STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional & Collegiate U.S. Championships Joel Koester, Sports Market Manager, Chicago Southland CVB Tinley Park, IL SPECIAL FEATURE: Awards & Recognition Issue STIHL TIMBERSPORTS

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