Marathon A Battle Of Sexes

Ocala Star-Banner – August 14, 1992

OCALA – The Summer of ’92 takes on a final challenge with a modern day marathon and an International Wrestling Federation World Heavyweight Championship.  North Central Florida’s “Hand-A-Thon” is back, an event won only by women in 1986, 1987 and 1988.

“It appears that women have an advantage over men in this Hand-A-Thon contest,” said KTK Vice President/General Manager, Gary Granger.  “Why would there be an advantage?  Are women better at concentrating?  At physical dexterity?  This is not physical strength, it’s mental strength.”

KTK Radio (98.5) kicks off coverage of North Central Florida’s largest radio promotion today, at 6 p.m.  The Hand-A-Thon Challenge is for 49 local contestants to each put one hand on a new vehicle 24 hours-a-day, except during brief hourly breaks.  Days later, the last person standing with a hand on the car wins a 1992 Toyota Paseo worth over $15,000, or $10,000 in cash.  Previous years have included contestants from Alachua, Marion and Citrus Counties.

In honor of the Hand-A-Thon, The International Wrestling Federation (IWF) presents its “Power in Paradise Tour ‘92” on Saturday at 1 p.m. at DeLuca Toyota, located at 1719 S.W. College Road, 1 ½ miles east of the Paddock Mall in Ocala.  The main event is the IWF World Heavyweight Championship between champion Black Jack Mulligan vs. The Mongolian Stomper with Manager Nasty Ronnie.  Other matches include the IWF Tag-Team Championship with champions the Longriders, Kip Winchester and Brett Colt, vs. Brute Forcz and Slammer and Jammer.  The final showdown is the Captain’s Match with Slammer vs. Kip Winchester.  The free wrestling matches will be followed by an autograph session.

Other Hand-A-Thon entertainment includes live bands and barbershop quartets, along with demonstrations in martial arts, aerobics, line dancing, and speed skating.  The Hand-A-Thon is free and open to the public.

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