(PRWEB) October 09, 2012
STIHL Inc., creator and producer of the premier lumberjack sports event, the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series presented by Ram Trucks, announced today the dates and locations of the 2013 U.S. season, which will culminate in the U.S. Championships in June. The Ram Truck brand will be the presenting sponsor of the Series for the third consecutive year.
Professional and collegiate qualifiers will be held at Auburn University, Haywood Community College, Finger Lakes Community College, Michigan State University and University of Montana with Outdoor Channel, ESPNU and Tuff TV cameras onsite to film the action. The Great Smoky Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will host the highly-anticipated STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Pro and Collegiate U.S. Championships June 7-9, 2013 for the second consecutive year. Schedule details are available at http://www.stihltimbersports.com.
“We’re excited to bring the 28th season of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series, the original extreme sport, to college campuses across the nation” said Brad Sorgen, Producer of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series. “Fans from all over will witness the country’s top professional and collegiate lumberjack athletes chop and saw for a slice of the U.S. Championship title.”
The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series pro competition consists of six professional lumberjack disciplines, the hot saw, single buck, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop. Held in conjunction with the Collegiate Series, the qualifying rounds pit the top eight lumberjacks in the region against each other with the top four pro athletes from each advancing to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Pro Championship at the Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud June 7-9. These four individuals will not only compete against other competitors from around the country for the championship crown, but will also join together to represent their regions in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Relay Competition. In addition to receiving the ultimate bragging rights in lumberjack sports and a Ram 1500 truck, the top U.S. competitor also advances to the World Championship in the fall.
In 2003, STIHL created the Collegiate Series to help develop future U.S. pro competitors. The Collegiate Series travels to college campuses across the country with ESPNU cameras to seek out the best amateur athletes and has grown from five participating schools to 60 in the last 10 years. At each Collegiate Series event, the participating schools select their best lumberjacks/jills to go head-to-head in four disciplines, the single buck, stock saw, standing block chop and underhand chop using professional rules and professional-sized wood. The competitor with the most cumulative points after all four disciplines advances to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship.
The Collegiate Championship, held every year in conjunction with the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Pro Championship, pits the five regional collegiate champions and one wildcard pick against each other. The collegiate champion wins an automatic spot in the Pro Series the following season and also a spot competing on the rookie relay team in the 2013 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series World Championship.
Established in 1985 by STIHL, the number-one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America*, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series, billed as the Original Extreme Sport, attracts the world’s top lumberjack athletes in a competition based on historic logging techniques. The Series is seen by millions of viewers annually in more than 62 countries on networks such as Eurosport, Outdoor Channel and ESPNU.
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STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series presented by Ram Trucks
2013 Dates and Locations
Event Locations and Dates
Southern Qualifier: Auburn University in Auburn, AL, March 15
MidWest Qualifier: Michigan State in Lansing, MI, April 6
MidAtlantic Qualifier: Haywood Community College in Troy, NC, April 14
NorthEast Qualifier: Finger Lakes College in Canandaigua, NY, April 19
Western Qualifier: University of Montana in Missoula, MT, April 26
Championships: Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge, TN, June 7-9
About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the world's largest selling brand of chain saws and produces a full line of powerful, lightweight, and versatile handheld outdoor power equipment for homeowners and professional users. STIHL products are sold through independent servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast – not mass merchants. STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of the closest STIHL retailer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445) or visit STIHL's website at http://www.stihlusa.com.
*"Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research (commercial landscapers) as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2011 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.
STIHL Inc. is the official underwriting sponsor of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. The series airs throughout the year on the Outdoor Channel and TUFF TV, and the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Collegiate Series airs on ESPNU. The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES is the pinnacle event in lumberjack sports. Since 1985 the Series has grown to become the premier showcase of the decades old sport of lumberjacking with competitions held around the world.
The term TIMBERSPORTS® is a registered trademark owned by ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG. and refers to the series of disciplines and competitions that are part of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. As such, it should not be used as a generic description of the overall sport of lumberjack sports. This trademark refers to all modifications of the term TIMBERSPORTS such as timber sports, or timbersport. The term TIMBERSPORTS should always appear in conjunction with "STIHL."
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