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Stein lifting training at Vail Vitality Center prepares competitors for Oktoberfest

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Stein-lift contests at Vail Oktoberfest test competitors' arm strength and stamina as they hold full beer steins out from their bodies at shoulder level. The Vail Vitality Center has created a program to help participants prepare, both physically and mentally.
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If you go …

What: Stein Lifting Training Course.

When: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 19, Aug. 26 and Sept. 2.

Where: Vail Vitality Center.

Cost: $50, which includes training, swag bag and beer in the stein for the contest.

More information: Visit www.vailvitalitycenter.com or call 970-476-7960 to register.

VAIL — Dust off your dirndls and locate your lederhosen: Oktoberfest in Vail is fast approaching. With two weekends full of music, activities and beer starting on Friday, Sept. 9, it’s not too early to make plans. For those who are serious about their suds, training begins now. One of the main events at Vail Oktoberfest is the Vail Vitality Center Stein Lifting Competition, and the Vail Vitality Center has created a program to help participants prepare, both physically and mentally. For three sessions leading up to the festivities, aspiring stein-holders can lift their game, one liter at a time.

The premise of the competition is easy enough: The person with enough stamina and willpower to hold a full stein of beer (without sipping) out from his or her body at shoulder level for the longest time is the winner. This is a more formidable feat than imagined, as fatigue — and thirst — sets in.

The Vitality Center assists athletes of all disciplines in reaching their greatest potential, including hoisting weisse. The Stein Lifting Training Course includes three sessions: Fridays, Aug. 19, Aug. 26 and Sept. 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Each class, led by Vitality Center trainers, consists of 30 to 45 minutes of strength conditioning and core work designed to assist with the competition. Following each workout, participants move to a local restaurant for a practice stein-lifting competition.

“We’re about balance at the Vail Vitality Center: body balance for mountain activities, plus a social life balance by enjoying the company of friends,” said Katie Kukar, marketing manager at Vail Vitality Center Club & Spa.

All fun and games

“Event participants get an introduction to our trainers for any future physical needs and can meet new friends by doing something different and funny. It’s all fun and games. Meet people, beat people (in stein lifting), plus you get some cool swag.”

Participants can sign up for the full training course or individual practice competitions. Full-course participants receive a Vail Oktoberfest swag bag, and the winners (male and female) of each competition receive prizes. Winners of the final competition receive the largest prize and will have the opportunity to participate in the Vail Vitality Center Stein Lifting Competition at the Lionshead or Vail Village Vail Oktoberfest. The cost for the three courses is $50, which includes training, swag bag and beer in the stein for the contest. Visit http://www.vail vitalitycenter.com or call 970-476-7960 to register.

Vail Oktoberfest takes place Friday, Sept. 9, though Sunday, Sept. 11, in Lionshead Village and Friday, Sept. 16, through Sunday, Sept. 18, in Vail Village. For more information about Vail Oktoberfest, visit http://www.vailoktoberfest.com.