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2007 Muscle Beach Labor Day Success

The Muscle Beach Season ended on a grand note at the Muscle Beach Championship on Labor Day, September 3, 2007. The second Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Jack LaLanne, often called “The Godfather of Fitness”. Jack is world renown for his philosophy of exercise and diet and is celebrating his 93 rd birthday at the end of September. His wife Elaine, and son were on hand to see him receive his award. The crowd sang a “heart felt” happy birthday.

A special guest posing routine by title winners Bill Cunningham and Jane Hesselgesser was performed as a tribute to Jack and Elaine.

Thanks to Iron Man Magazine, who sponsors the Hall of Fame Awards.

The Muscle Beach Venice Bodybuilding Hall of Fame held the Grand Opening of the Walk of Fame at the “Weight Pen”. Each of the 23 currently inducted Hall of Fame recipients including the first Lifetime Achievement Award winner Joe Weider had their bronze plaques unveiled on the Boardwalk.

Many thanks to Russ Deluca, the Deluca family and for sponsoring the Walk of Fame. Russ in conjunction with Joe Wheatley, President of the Muscle Beach Venice Bodybuilding Hall of Fame, Mark Grant representing Councilmen Bill Rosendahl and Debbie Rolland from the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department cut the ribbon to officially open the Walk of Fame.

Congratulations to the Overall Women’s Bobybuilding Winner, Barb Garcia, Overall Men’s Bodybuilding Winner, Joe Tong and the Overall Figure Winner, Ivana Matuskova. Seventy- six excellent athletes competed to an appreciative audience. The StarTrac Best Posing Routine was awarded to Carl Mathews. Thanks to Weider International for sponsoring the Overall Bodybuilding Awards. Watch for pictures of the winners and the event in an upcoming issue of Iron Man Magazine

Special thanks to HeadBlade Host Sponsor of the event who along with 22 other vendors including Gold’s Gym, House of Pain, Mind Over Matter Clothing, Eric the Trainer, City of LA Fire Department, One More Rep, Xango, Private Trainers Association and many others provided education and giveaways to the crowd.

Thanks!!! to the extraordinary staff who helped Joe Wheatley Productions in making the Muscle Beach 2007 season a huge success.

Additional photos at and more coverage by Ian Sitren, courtesy of major sponsor, plus the Iron Man team of Lonnie Teper, Terry Bratcher and Merv Petralba.


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