Yam run, truck pull make for athletic Saturday

An Xtreme Strength presentation during the 2009 Yam Festival

By DEUCE NIVEN

    An attempt at a world record truck pull following the rescheduled North Carolina Yam Festival 5K Walk/Run should make Tabor City an athlete’s dream town this Saturday.
    Cancelled by the threat from Hurricane Sandy, the 5K Walk/Run opens with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Ritz Plaza stage downtown. Running begins at 8:30 a.m., with an awards ceremony at 10 a.m.
    For details contact Jeff Faulk at Body Shapers in Tabor City, 910-653-3040.

Record pull
    Kirk Nobles and John Brookfield, both members of the Orrum based Xtreme Strength Team and ministry, hope to set a new record by pulling 40,000 pounds of truck and trailer a mile in less than an hour.
    If successful, the men would break the record they set on Oct. 13, when they pulled a 33,000 tractor-trailer truck a mile in an hour and 9 minutes.
    This try begins at 11 a.m. Saturday on Hickman Road near the South Carolina border, heading in to town and turning on East 5th Street, ending at the Mt. Tabor School. Bleachers will be set up across the street in the Visitor Center parking lot, where a strongman demonstration from the Xtreme Strength Team will follow.
    Brookfield and Nobles, a chaplain at South Columbus High School, will meet and greet people at the Visitor Center. A strongman demonstration and outreach ministry will follow.

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