This games is one of the largest games you can attend on the east coast. The crowd was over 22000 in 2000. The pro competition was on the Saturday, with the Amateur A and B athletes competing on the Sunday.
The Amateur A division is actually the South East US Championships and in order to compete, you must have qualified by placing first or sometimes second in a number of other "qualifying" games (these include Annapolis, Maryland; Stone Mountain, Georgia; and Williamsburg, Virginia). The B division was invitation only.
The first place finish throws were in the following ballparks:
Open Stone - 49'
28# Distance - 70'
56# Distance - 36'
16# Sheaf - 31'
22# Hammer - 94'
56# Height - 13' (Bad day, apparently)
Pros of the event
- Website is great. Easy to follow directions.
- 2 massage tables
- Reasonable parking
- Athlete's tent and food and drinks right on the field.
- Tshirts given out
- 1st-3rd place medals given out for each event
- 1st and 2nd Athlete of the Day awards
- Good field placement of facilities.
Cons of the event
- Amateurs pay to play ($12 US)
Overall impression: Great games and good organization. Rumour mill grinding that they're looking to host a North American Championship in 2005 or 2006 with about 12-14 US competitors and 2-4 Canadians. Time to practice hard, I guess.