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article imageSwitzerland hosts first national fire hydrant toss event

By Anne Sewell     Oct 28, 2013 in Sports
The Scots toss the caber, and apparently Alpine farmers have a traditional stone toss event, and now some firemen in the canton of Aargau have come up with their own version. The first-ever national "toss the fire hydrant event."
There's nothing quite like watching a bunch of muscular firefighters chucking a fire hydrant over a distance and apparently it was a popular event in the canton of Aargau.
On Saturday afternoon, Adrian Schuler, who is a member of the Wohlen fire department threw a 22-kilogram fire hydrant 7.03 meters, capturing the title of champion of Switzerland’s newest sport.
The winning toss of Adrian Schuler in the first fire hydrant tossing event in Aargau  Switzerland.
The winning toss of Adrian Schuler in the first fire hydrant tossing event in Aargau, Switzerland.
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This is the first championship of its kind in Switzerland and apparently the competition was devised as a way to celebrate the department’s 50th anniversary, as part of an open house event.
Referring to the traditional stone toss event at Alpine farmers festivals, fire department commander Marcel Christian told Blick.ch (in German):
“We came up with the idea of throwing hydrants instead of stones.”
The Swiss fire hydrant manufacturer, Von Roll, rather liked the idea and sponsored the event by providing hydrants for the competition.
Apparently they were expecting around 15-20 participants, but the event drew 50 potential competitors, including women. Some even had to be put off until next year's event.
Blick.ch has a video of the event.
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