Strong pull for charity

Sunday, August 21, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:56 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Guys with arms like legs and strapped in harnesses took turns Saturday afternoon pulling a pickup truck linked to a 25-foot flatbed trailer at the second annual Mid-Missouri Strongman Competition, which raised more than $500 for breast cancer research.

On Walnut Street, blocked off between Eighth and Ninth streets, men from across the Midwest committed feats of strength probably better left to heavy equipment. In the pickup pull they pushed off against a grooved woodblock, arms swinging as they tried to gain momentum. Short, choppy steps work best, said Shaun Kelley of Columbia, who finished third in the overall competition in the 265-pound weight class.

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