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The Arnold Sports Festival keeps getting bigger every year – whether you’re a body building enthusiast or just like keeping in shape, there’s plenty to discover at the festival this year. It will be held Feb. 28-March 3 at venues all around downtown. This year 18,000 athletes will compete in 45 different sports and events, making the Arnold the largest multi-sport festival in the nation!

You probably know the Arnold Sports Festival features some of the best weightlifting and body building competition in the country – but did you know you can also watch folks competing for titles in ballroom dancing, jujitsu, gymnastics, archery and even Scottish Highland games – like caber tossing and hammer throwing? The Highland Games will take place at Columbus Commons, and will even feature bagpipers! You can check out jump rope competitions – where the current world record-holder for speed jumping (984 jumps in 3 minutes) will be the woman to beat.

New this year, beside the Scottish Highland games, is the Arnold Survival Race, held March 3 at Lou Berliner Park. This family-friendly 5K obstacle run, with climbing walls to overcome and mud pits to dash across.

The Arnold Fitness Expo, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, runs from March 1-3, and features more than 700 exhibitors offering fitness apparel, equipment, training tools and more. The Arnold is a great opportunity to check out some of the high-protein menu offerings around the city – but you might want to wait until after the fun to order up a Thurmanator from the Thurman Café in German Village – I have a feeling the lines might be a little longer than normal – but they have added a carry-out window space!

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