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February 04, 2011 11:15 ET

Body Builders Hit Courtyard Columbus for the Arnold Sports Festival

Wow Factor Strong for Strongman Competition, Festival Events

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - February 4, 2011) - Participants and spectators alike will be wowed by the fascinating events and contests included in The Arnold Sports Festival in downtown Columbus, Ohio and hotels near convention center festivities are prepared to welcome guests with the same enthusiasm and excitement.

Featuring more than 18,000 professional and amateur athletes competing in 45 sporting events, this year's festivities will also include competition in 11 Olympic Sports during its four-day run set for March 3-6, 2011. The Annual Arnold Strongman Classic, a two-day competition to determine the world's strongest man, is a featured event and will include the rivalry between Derek Poundstone of Waterbury, Conn., a two-time event champion and Zydrunas Savickas of Lithuania, who has claimed the Strongman title for six of the past nine years. Eight other Strongman athletes will insure fierce competition as they make their way through a series of five contests to claim the honor, lifting weights of more than 600 pounds. 

The Courtyard Columbus West hotel is among arena district hotels in Columbus, Ohio that offer those traveling into the city for the many contests, exhibitions, seminars and even a fitness training summit, elegant style and sophisticated comfort to make The Arnold Sports Festival an adventure to remember. Great accommodations that include spacious guest rooms and premium amenities, including complimentary high-speed Internet access, will make it easy for festival participants to stay abreast of the competitions and the hotel's Courtyard Café offers guests a fresh start to each day with a full selection of hot breakfast items. Travelers will also enjoy complimentary on-site parking, a refreshing indoor pool, whirlpool and on-site fitness center to help them relax after participating in the full schedule of festival competitions and activities.

Luxury bedding packages are standard in all rooms at the Columbus Courtyard West, along with cable/satellite service, premium movie channels and pay-per-view options. Guests are invited to enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of the Lobby Lounge for an afternoon break or evening reprieve with friends and family.

Known for its impeccable accommodations and featuring a Grand Ballroom that seats up to 600 persons, the Columbus Courtyard West is an excellent choice for business or corporate meetings and wedding receptions in Columbus. Professional event managers, Certified Marriott wedding planners and full-service catering staff are available to make sure every detail is perfect for well-executed and successful business and social events.

Competition enthusiasts wishing to check availability and book accommodations for their trip to The Arnold Sports Festival may do so at http://www.marriott.com/cmhwt or by calling 1-800-971-4759. A full schedule of festival events and activities, as well as ticketing information and details regarding the Strongman Classic may be obtained at http://www.arnoldsportsfestival.com/home/sports-and-events/strongman-classic.html.

About the Courtyard Columbus West Hotel
The Courtyard Columbus West hotel provides guests with a fresh and invigorating atmosphere that is ideal whether traveling for business or leisure. The hotel's convenient location to downtown makes it an excellent choice among hotels near the Columbus Convention Center, Ohio State University, SportsOhio, Nationwide Arena, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay and the popular Short North art district.