The Keg Toss is a dynamic and crowd-pleasing strongman event that showcases explosive strength and precision. Originating from traditional Highland Games, this challenging competition involves athletes hurling weighted kegs, often filled with sand or other materials, over a horizontal bar for height.
In the Keg Toss, competitors face a series of kegs of ascending weights, ranging from approximately 30 to 50 pounds (14 to 23 kg) or even heavier, depending on the competition. At Saltire we use 14kg (male) and 9.5kg (female) with the wall height being 4.5m.
The objective is to throw each keg over a horizontal bar set at increasing heights, with participants aiming to clear the bar with both height and accuracy.
Athletes employ a variety of techniques, including a combination of leg power, core strength, and explosive arm movement, to propel the kegs into the air. The event demands not only raw strength but also coordination and timing, making it a thrilling spectacle for both participants and spectators.
The Keg Toss pays homage to the historical strength challenges of Highland Games, where competitors would showcase their power by tossing various objects. This modern adaptation adds an exciting and entertaining element to strongman competitions, captivating audiences with the impressive displays of athleticism.