Arnold Sports Festival adds World Chase Tag Pan American Championship to 2023 event

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The 2023 Arnold Sports Festival is adding a new event.

The Arnold Sports Festival and World Chase Tag announced the WCT6 Pan American Championship for the Americas will be held March 3-5 inside the Arnold Expo. The competition will be filmed by ESPN and will be rebroadcast in April.

World Chase Tag is a global competitive tag organization that will include athletes from the world of Parkour and Ninja Warrior along with Hollywood stunt men and women. The WCT6 Pan American will give participants an opportunity to try for a place in the World Chase Tag World Championships later this year.

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“For more than 35 years, the Arnold Sports Festival has been on a mission to give platforms to any sport that will inspire our attendees to find their love of fitness. By not limiting ourselves to the biggest, most popular sports, we give a spotlight to fantastic athletes of all kinds, and show our fans that there are many paths to fitness,” Arnold Schwarzenegger, founder of the Arnold Sports Festival, said in a statement. “I'm thrilled that this year we will host World Chase Tag for the first time. It is a unique challenge of strength and fitness and I am sure it is going to blow our fans away."

World Chase Tag films a competition for ESPN 8 The Ocho at Goodyear Hall, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Akron, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]
World Chase Tag films a competition for ESPN 8 The Ocho at Goodyear Hall, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Akron, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]

According to the release, World Chase Tag is "the ultimate test of 1-on-1 pursuit," forcing athletes to "juke, leap and lunge" through an arena of steel and wood.

“We are very excited to bring Chase Tag to Arnold Sports Festival,” Christian Devaux, founder and CEO of World Chase Tag, said. “Elite parkour athletes will compete and play to the edge of their physical, mental, and emotional capabilities. It’s going to be an electrifying weekend of high-energy competition for Arnold Sports Festival attendees and all passionate Chase Tag fans.”

The Arnold Sports Festival will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Ohio Expo Center March 2-5.

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