• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 22s

Athletes get carried away at World Eskimo-Indian Olympics

By Heather Hintze 8:15 PM July 17, 2014
FAIRBANKS –

Not many athletes can lift 600 pounds. Even fewer can actually walk with that much weight.

“It’s very exerting on the body, joints and back and spine,” explained Sam Strange. “This is to simulate carrying meat back to the village from long distances and what it took to get that meat back to the village.”

Strange was just one of four men competing in the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics’ four-man carry.

The event is just like it sounds: Four men — weighing about 150 pounds each — drape themselves over the competitor, who must then walk as far as he can around the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.

“It’s tough, it’s tiring, but as soon as you collapse because you’re exerting all kinds of muscles, but as soon as everyone’s off and you catch your breath you’re as light as a feather,” Strange laughed.

Matthew Sido Evans was the favorite in the event and he didn’t disappoint.

The 6-foot, 6-inch athlete loaded up the weight and took off.

“About halfway through I couldn’t breathe anymore but I just kept going. I saw how close I was and I just kept going,” he said.

Homer Lord set the previous record for the four-man carry in 1997 with 187 feet.

Evans smashed it, walking 241 feet, 8 inches before he finally collapsed under the weight.

He’s now the world-record holder, a title he’s been chasing for years.

“I was 2 feet shy of the record last year. I’m feeling pretty good about crushing it now,” he smiled.

Although not every competitor can go home with a trophy, they all go home winners knowing they accomplished something few men would ever even attempt.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Motorcyclist killed in crash on Minnesota Drive

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 25, 21:09

    Last updated at 10:09 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 Anchorage police say a motorcyclist is dead after a crash on Minnesota Drive near W. 40th Avenue. Police closed all southbound lanes of Minnesota Drive at the scene of the crash, which was reported just after 8 p.m. Just after 10 p.m., police reopened a single […]

  • Sports

    More than 50 mushers already signed up for Iditarod 2017

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 25, 20:10

    The Iditarod Trail Committee says more than 50 mushers from Alaska and around the world have already signed up for the 2017 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Saturday was the first official entry day. Of the 52 entries, 12 of them are rookies to the Last Great Race, and 10 teams are from other nations, including […]

  • News

    U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Kotzebue for summer

    by Margaret DeMaioribus / KNOM on Jun 25, 16:46

    The U.S. Coast Guard is setting up for activities in Kotzebue this summer and summers to come. The Coast Guard signed a five-year lease with the Alaska Army National Guard facility in Kotzebue. It’s the first long-term lease for the Coast Guard above the Arctic Circle and will serve as a station for Arctic operations. U.S. […]

  • News

    Police extend presence at Alaska PrideFest following altercation downtown

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 25, 16:40

    Alaskans have been celebrating the 2016 Alaska PrideFest in Anchorage for a week now, but the festivities were briefly interrupted Saturday by an altercation between festivalgoers and a group of protestors. The protestors, alleging to be with Westboro Baptist Church, were congregated near the intersection of Ninth Avenue and F Street with a megaphone and […]

  • News

    APD: 2 brothers disappear from their Anchorage home

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 25, 15:58

    The Anchorage Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a pair of missing brothers. In a statement Saturday, police said 12-year-old James Kochergin and his 13-year-old brother Samuel Kochergin were last seen at their home near the intersection of Lore Road and Lake Otis Parkway. According to APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro, the […]

  • Lifestyle

    Inside U.S. scientists’ groundbreaking test to grow potatoes on Mars

    by CBS News on Jun 25, 12:35

    NASA and private companies are all vying to send astronauts to Mars, but when they get there, they’ll all face the same problem — growing food. So U.S. scientists have headed to the deserts of South America to see if they can cook up a solution. Potatoes have played a starring role in one recent Hollywood […]

  • Crime

    Police search for 2 inmates missing from halfway houses

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 25, 12:26

    The Anchorage Police Department says two inmates walked away from two different halfway houses on Friday. Byron Chinuhuk, 26, allegedly left the Glenwood Center on D Street around 4:30 p.m. He has prior convictions of assault, according to online court records. Chinuhuk was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, light blue jeans and a gray […]

  • News

    Body of 2-year-old boy found after search near Bathing Beauty Pond

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 25, 11:05

    The search for a 2-year-old boy missing at the Bathing Beauty Pond ended when search teams found him unresponsive in the water, according to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch. Troopers say the toddler was reported missing at 1:33 p.m. Friday after he “apparently wandered down a heavily wooded path” near the pond off the Richardson […]