Mr. America 2016 All American Sports Festival – Event Recap

Mr. America 2016 Winners

As athletes and bodybuilders, we spend our lives training our minds and bodies and anticipating the chance to compete – to measure our progress against that of our peers. It’s what we do and it drives us to be the best we can be. The anticipation of the next event can be a huge motivator, inspiring us to work harder, to push our bodies beyond their former limits, to reach new heights.

For the past several months, athletes from around the nation set their minds and trained their bodies in anticipation of The Mr. America® 2016 All American Sports Festival™. Held on July 4th weekend at Six Flags America outside of Washington, D.C., the event hosted hundreds of athletes, performers, exhibitors and spectators, all coming together to compete in various competitions, educate and learn about fitness, and reward the dedication and effort of athletes of all ages. What an awesome tribute to our athletes and a spectacular way to celebrate our nation’s independence!

As organizers of the festival, we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who competed in, appeared at, attended, sponsored or otherwise participated in the festival. From athletes, to performers, judges and volunteers, to the spectators who came to take it all in – we thank you for your support and hope that the event was all that you anticipated it to be. In other words, we hope you had an AWESOME WEEKEND – and we’re glad you all survived the typical hot and humid East Coast summer weather!

To our athletes and body builders, we extend our congratulations for the effort you put in training for and competing in the event. You are all champions in our eyes! Keep up the good work!

After all of the planning, training and anticipating, the weekend went by in a flash. Here’s a summary of what went on:

  • Hundreds of athletes came together to compete in various athletic competitions, the NGA Pro Am Bodybuilding Physique, Figure and Bikini Competitions and the 5K Race.
  • More than 50 athletes competed for the Mr. America Title in the Bodybuilding, Physique and Bikini Competitions.   A huge congratulations to Shevon Cunningham who now holds the coveted historic Mr. America title for being America’s Best Built Man. Check out photos of Shevon on the Mr. America website at MrAmerica.Life.   Also, a list of winners will be posted to the NGA website shortly.
  • More than 50 participants displayed their athleticism, skill, stamina, and physical fitness – and competed for more than $20,000 in prizes – in an Athletic Competition comprised of 11 events: Plie Squats, Pull-ups, Vertical Jump, Standing Broad Jump, Football Target Throw, Zig Zag Run into Power Sled Push, Kettle Bell Seated Rope Pull, Push-ups, Soccer Ball Kick into Goal (20 yards, 2 trials), Core Test and a 200 Meter Final Run. For a full list of results and winners go to MrAmerica.Life. A big thank you to Boyd Epley who served as Athletic Competition Grandmaster.
  • A dozen brave athletes competed for All-Around Awards by competing in the Athletic Competition, the Mr. America Physique or Bodybuilding Competition, and Personal Interviews. Dauda Bangura won the Men’s All Around competition and Dee Joseph won the Women’s All Around competition.  Congratulations to both of them for their hard work and efforts.
  • Men, women and children of all ages competed in a timed, competitive Mr. America 5K Run, with medals being awarded for the top three finishers as follows; 1st place went to Brian Hayes with a time of 16:39, 2nd Place went to Joey Pickens with a time of 16:41 and 3rd Place went to Bennett Wasch with a time of 19:28. Thank you to both our runners and sponsors who participated along with Elite Race Management for overseeing this outstanding inaugural race.
  • The afternoon featured a Health, Wellness and Fitness Expo with Celebrity Sweat. There were competitions for Kids Push Ups and attendees participated in interactive group workouts with Fitness Celebrity trainer Billy Blanks & Eric the Trainer from the TV Show Celebrity Sweat. They also participated in a Les Mills BODYCOMBAT® Group Exercise Workout with Ben Feliciano and Lissa Bankston.
  • Athletes and spectators were treated to the music and artistry of Animation Dancer Marquese Scott, Aerial Artist and Ring Performer Frank Chapman, Mad Violinist Ashanti Floyd, Bar Performance by WCO and Jessie Graff and The 76 Degrees West Band.
  • Many celebrities from the sports and fitness world were on hand to mingle with the crowd, including legendary bodybuilders Frank Zane, Roger Callard and Ken Waller, NFL Hall of Fame Running Back Franco Harris, and Nebraska Hall of Fame Strength Coach and Founder of the National Strength and Conditioning Association Boyd Epley.
  • The event concluded with a huge fireworks display.

Be sure to visit our winners page to see pictures of the event and who took home the prizes!

After taking a collective deep breath, we are evaluating the success of our athletes and our event, and are beginning to plan for 2017. Check back here in the coming months for more information. And keep on pushing to be the best you can be!

Mr. America® and Six Flags America Team Up for Spectacular Family-Friendly Health & Fitness Event on Saturday, July 2

Maryland Theme Park to Host Mr. America® 2016 All American Sports Festival™

Annapolis, MD – Six Flags America invites the public to celebrate health and fitness at The Mr. America® 2016 All American Sports Festival™ to be held at the park outside of Washington, D.C., on Saturday, July 2. With the mission of Lifting The Human Spirit®, the Mr. America 2016 All American Sports Festival will feature fun events and expos for the entire family. Whether you are a competitive bodybuilder, an athlete, a fitness enthusiast or someone just looking for a fun-filled weekend event, the festival has something for you!

The all-day event will showcase multiple athletic competitions, a Health, Wellness and Fitness Expo, VIP celebrity guests and judges, and world-renowned entertainers. Tickets to the festival on Saturday, July 2nd are $52.99 and include admission to the Six Flags America theme park and access to all of the park’s rides and amenities as well as access to the following events and activities:

  • Huge Health, Wellness and Fitness Expo throughout the park
  • Various athletic competitions for men, women and children
  • Celebrity Sweat TV’s Interactive Wellness Fair featuring group workouts with fitness celebrities Billy Blanks (11 a.m. & 1 p.m.) & Les Mills (2 p.m.)
  • Reserved seats for the Mr. America Contest (5 p.m. – 8 p. m.) featuring celebrity entertainers, VIP athletes and performers including:
    • Full Force, Grammy-certified R&B/Hip Hop Artists (“House Party”)
    • Grandmaster Melle Mel, Hip Hop Musician (“The Message” and “White Lines”)
    • Marquese Scott, Animation Dancer
    • Frank Chapman, Aerial Artist and Ringer Performer
    • Ashanti Floyd, The Mad Violinist
    • Frank Zane, Roger Callard and Ken Waller, Legendary Bodybuilders
    • Franco Harris, NFL Hall of Fame Running Back
    • Boyd Epley, Nebraska Hall of Fame Strength Coach and Founder of the  National Strength and Conditioning Association
    • Battle of the Bars, the World Calisthenics Organization’s Freestyle Bodyweight Competition
    • Tiny Meeker, the World’s Strongest Bench Presser going for the World’s record by bench pressing more than 1,100 lbs.
  • Fireworks display
  • And more!

For the full schedule of events and activities or to purchase tickets, visit

About the Mr. America® 2016 All American Sports Festival™

With its mission of Lifting The Human Spirit® and offering over $50,000 in cash and prizes, the Mr. America 2016 All★American Sports Festival will boast the coveted Mr. America Title along with Pro and Amateur bodybuilding competitions, multiple athletic competitions and a health, wellness and fitness Expo which all combine to make this event one of epic proportions. This is a drug tested event.

Today’s modern Mr. America title is awarded to the overall winner of our prestigious bodybuilding contest and continues to represent “America’s Best Built Man” inside and out – a well-rounded individual with symmetry, muscle, mindset, and moxie. He carries the coveted title for one year and serves as a representative of the Mr. America ideal and a role model for young and old alike to empower athletes everywhere to achieve their dreams. He is the perfect picture of Strength, Classic Aesthetic, Health, Wellness and Motivation to represent the best in American Fitness.

This year, the Mr. America 2016 All American Sports Festival is offering several competitions for men and women and including Classic Era Bodybuilding, Physique, Athletic Competition, All-Around Competition (Bodybuilding/Physique, Athletic, and Interview,) 5k Run, and Kids Push Ups contest. This expanded venue opens up opportunities for individuals of all ages and skill levels to compete in the best of American Fitness.

About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.3 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 55 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions.  For more information, visit

Guest Blog: Marrying Running and Strength by Ryan Hall

Ryan Hall

Ryan Hall

I am going to be honest here.  At one point in my life I hated to run.  That all changed one day when I was 13 and I was transformed into a kid who hated running to a kid who was fully devouted to developing my running abilities, training through the snow, rain, and any other obstacles I faced.  I trained like that for 20 years until my body could take it no longer.  I was so run-down at the end of my 20 year career that I couldn’t go jog an easy 30 minutes without having to do a substantial amount of running.  So last January I retired from professional running, but I found I was still craving physical challenge.  So I got into weight training.  Now, another confesssion: when I was running I hated doing weights and I only did the bare minimum I could get away with and never upper body weights as I was afraid to bulk up.  However, I found that I loved the daily challenge of weight training.  I could go hard everyday, which I couldn’t do in running, so I naturally loved it.
I couldn’t have been much weaker when I began weight training.  I think my bench was around 130 lbs and my squat was even worse than that.  It was a little embarrasing to be walking around the gym so skinny and weak.  However, as most find when they first begin weight training, I found that my improvement was rapid and dramatic.  I felt like I was literally watching my body change before me.  It was also fun to be able to take a different approach to nutrition, so rather than stepping on the scale and being bummed out if I gained a pound, I would be bummed if I didn’t gain a pound.  Now, 7 months later I have gotten my bench up to 215, my squat to 195, and my deadlift to 245lbs.  I know these are not impressive numbers but I am excited by the improvement I’ve seen.
In the last few months I’ve also rekindled my love for running as I prepared for a recent relay race around Mount Blanc.  It took a while for my body to adjust to running with extra muscle (I went from just under 140 lbs to 165 lbs), but now it feels good to run again.  With all the weight training it has added a ton of power to my legs.  Now, my favorite workouts to do in running are sprints, both on hills and flat.  I used to hate sprinting, largely due to the fact that my legs were so muscularly weak.  It feels amazing to walk around feeling so much stronger than I once was.
I continue to have lofty goals as I marry running with weight lifting.  I want to get as big, strong, and fit as possible.  I think it would be a good benchmark for me to be able to deadlift, squat, and bench 300lbs (I’m guessing I would be the only 2:04 marathoner to accomplish that feat) but I think it will take me some time to get there.  When it comes to running I’ve found running to be a great way for me to lean out after going through a pretty big bulking phase, so the two actually work together really well.  I’d much rather be outside running through beautiful single-track trails then walking on a stair climber.
In terms of competitions, it can be hard to find events that have both the endurance and strength world colliding.  I’ve been captivated by the Mr. America event because it’s (like me) found how beautiful it is to marry endurance and strength.  I am so inspired by all the competitors at Mr. America and will be following the results closely as I search for further motivation for me to reach my endurance and strength goals which is the key to reach my goals.

We are excited to announce that Tiny Meeker will be setting the Guinness Book of World Records at the Mr. America 2016 Event!

Tiny Meeker will be setting the Guinness Book of World Records at the Mr. America 2016 Event! Two days ago he benched 1212 pounds training to beat the record of 1,100 so we have no doubt he will break the record at our event! He will also be breaking the World Record that he currently holds at the same time. Way to go Tiny Meeker! We can’t wait to watch such an amazing feat of strength!

Mr. America Athletic Competition

Mr. America® 2016 All American Sports Festival™ to Feature Athletic Competition for Men, Women and Teens with over $21,000 in Cash Prizes

Competition will be comprised of 11 events that will test athleticism, skill, stamina and physical fitness.

The Mr. America® 2016 All American Sports Festival™, scheduled for July 1 and 2, 2016 at Six Flags America, outside of Washington, D.C., will feature an Athletic Competition for male and female athletes, ages 13 years and older. The Athletic Competition will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 noon on Saturday, July 2 at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, MD and will include monetary prizes for top competitors. Check-in and registration for the event will be held from 7-8:30 a.m. at the field. Registration fee is $50 per person. For more information or to register for the competition, visit

The Athletic Competition, which is separate from Mr. America’s PRO/AM Bodybuilding/Physique Competition, will be supported by a team of world famous, elite athletic trainers including Boyd Epley, founder of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) who is serving as our Athletic Competition Grandmaster.

This competition will include the following 11 events: Plie Squats, Pull-ups, Vertical Jump, Standing Broad Jump, Football Target Throw, Zig Zag Run into Power Sled Push, Kettle Bell Seated Rope Pull, Push-ups, Soccer Ball Kick into Goal, Core Test and a Final Run (approx. 200 meters or ½ lap.)

Over $21,000 in Monetary prizes will be awarded to the competitors, based on overall combined scores, in each the following categories/age groups: Men’s – Overall, Ages 18-29, Ages 30-39, Over 40; Women’s – Ages 18-29, Ages 30-39, Over 40; and Youth – Male Ages 13-17 and Female Ages 13-17. Prizes range from $250 – $3,000.

To learn more about the events and prizes, or to register for the Athletic Competition, visit

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