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Arnold Classic Goes Global

Well true to form, Arnold has done it again. The man that made bodybuilding a household word… is taking the well known Arnold Sports Festival (also known as the Arnold Classic) worldwide. The event that has fans and participants traveling from all over the US will now have the opportunity to capture the same notoriety in Europe.


COLUMBUS, Ohio – After hosting the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio for the past 23 years, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is ready to take his popular health and fitness extravaganza on the road.

The first-ever Arnold Classic Europe will be held Oct. 8-9 in Madrid, Spain and will feature IFBB Pro League men’s bodybuilding and fitness, a complete lineup of amateur bodybuilding events, amateur sports and a health & fitness expo.

Arnold Classic Europe is a joint venture between Gov. Schwarzenegger, Arnold Sports Festival co-promoter Jim Lorimer, and Rafael Santonja, the president of the International Federation of Body Building.

“We have had many requests over the years to take the Arnold Classic to many cities throughout the world, and we are excited to begin the globalization of our event with the first Arnold Classic Europe,” said Lorimer, co-promoter of the Arnold Sports Festival. “Rafael Santonja has been one of our biggest supporters and we look forward to working together for many years.”

In addition to pro men’s bodybuilding and pro fitness, the Arnold Classic Europe will have contests for amateur bodybuilding, fitness, bodyfitness (figure) and bikini competitions. Others will include strongman, armwrestling, weightlifting, gymnastics, Paralympics and track & field. Events will be held at the Palacio Municipal de Congresos del Campo de las Naciones in Madrid.

Organizers hope the Arnold Classic Europe will build on the success of the Arnold Sports Festival, which began as the Arnold Classic professional men’s bodybuilding competition in 1989 and has grown to include more than 18,000 athletes competing in more than 45 sports and events each year.

For more information on the Arnold Classic Europe, visit

The Arnold Sports Festival

The Arnold Sports Festival is the largest multi-sport festival in the nation featuring 18,000 athletes competing in more than 45 sports and events, including 12 Olympic sports, and the 700-booth Arnold Fitness EXPO. The Arnold Sports Festival was founded in 1989 by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer of Worthington, Ohio. The Arnold Sports Festival attracted a record 175,000 attendees to Columbus over four days in 2011. The 2012 Arnold Sports Festival will be held March 1-4, 2012. For more, visit

Brent LaLonde
Arnold Sports Festival
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