Scottish Heavyweight Athletics form the identifying activities at the Highland Games. These contests have their roots in the 10th century when Scottish King Malcolm Ceanmore first hosted competitions of strength and speed among his warriors and clansmen. The winners were given honorable positions as messengers and bodyguards.
- Caber Toss
- Sheaf Toss
- Stone Put
- Scottish Hammer Throw
- Weight Throw for Distance
- Weight Toss for Height
Invite ONLY competition for the Chicago Open - Pro AM on Saturday. The "Friday Night Fling" is where uninvited (experienced only) athletes can throw.
- Chuck Kasson
- Eddie Brown
- Andy Vincent
- Spencer Tyler
- Sean Urquhart
- Damien Fisher
- Braidy Miller
- Jeff Kaste
- Luke Crowley
- Daniel Tennison
- 1st Alternate: Zach Riley
- 2nd Alternate: Tom Srokas
- 3rd Alternate: Ross Bumcheck
Height: 6'6 Weight: 258Ibs
Hometown: Dover, NH, USA
Years competing: 8
Occupation: Academic Advisor
Favorite Events: Heavy Weight for Distance, Light Hammer
Fun Fact: Firmly believes that frozen yogurt is the celery of desserts. Be ice cream or be nothing!
Height: 6'4 Weight: 250Ibs
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
About: Eddie has been competing in the highland games since 2012. He attended Arizona State University and have been involved in strength sports since the age of 14. He works for Bank of America as a developer. He enjoys gardening and has over 100 fruit trees on his property.
About: My name is Chuck Kasson, I am 29 years old 6'4 and 275-280 pounds during the season. I have been throwing in the highland games since 2011 and had my first Pro season last year 2014 finishing ranked 15th overall in the US. I moved up to the top 10 in 2015, and finished 3rd in the US in 2016. I currently hold the world record in the 56# weight throw at 50'5". I am from Lincoln, NE and work as an Orthopedic Physical Therapist.
Height: 6'3 Weight: 275Ibs
Hometown: Lebanon, TN
Years competing: 8th year throwing, 2nd year pro, 2 masters world championships
Occupation: Academic Advisor
About: Braidy holds 7 masters age group world records. He enjoys boating and fishing with his wife Christine and boys Braidon and Kolin.
Height: 6'1 Weight: 250 lbs.
Family: Lin (wife) and two sons, Dylan (3 yrs.) and Owen (1 yrs.)
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Years competing: 7 years. 2017 is my first year as a Pro
Occupation: High School Health/PE Teacher
Favorite Events: Stones and Weights for distance
Accomplishments: 2014 East Cost Champion, 2015 North Team Member, 2014 and 2016 Top 4 placing at World Amateur Championships, 2017 North Team Captain
Family: Father of 2 boys - Magnus (3 years) and Ulrik (8 months)
Years competing: 1st year as a Professional Heavy Events Athlete
Occupation: Owner/President of Valhalla Barbell Club
Age: 25 Weight: 285 lbs.
About: Entering 2nd season as a professional Highland Games athlete, 4th overall. Competed collegiality in Basketball and Track & Field. Works as the Head Strength & Conditioning and Throws coach for Western Washington University. Has a daughter, Lilly, with wife Emma.