The Heavy Games

Results - 2016

History is filled with true warriors, from the Aztecs to the Celts, the Knights to the Soldiers; find out how you measure up as you compete in their shoes. If you think you have the strength and the endurance to brave all the tests our historical ancestors have mastered before you, then step to the line lads and lasses and show everyone the warrior in you.

Different from the Renaissance Run, these games can be competed in separately or in conjunction with the Renaissance Run. If you plan to particpant in both the Renaissance Run and the Heavy Games please schedule accordingly.

Three Competitive Weight Classes Available: 

  • Male Warriors weighing 200lbs and less
  • Male Warriors over 200lbs
  • Female Shield Maidens.

Participants will receive: 

  • Custom bib
  • Custom Renaissance Run t-shirt (Not included in Add-ons)
  • Post-event pint of beer
  • Free photos
  • Admission to the Texas Renaissance Festival grounds
  • One free "Any Sunday" ticket to the Texas Renaissance Festival 2017 season


Keg Toss: This is a fun event to watch. Each athlete must toss a ~30 pound Karbach keg, varying in size and weight, over a wall or bar. Each athlete is given 3-5 tries to get the object as high as possible. Don’t make it and feel the scorn of your fellow warriors.

Stone Throw: Feel like a true Olympian with this Celtic version of the shot put! Instead of a steel shot, we're going all stone baby! Cradle this stone and hurl it as far as possible. Stones weight 96 pounds and 49 pounds for male warriors, and 37 pounds for shield maidens. But be careful, you can be ruled foul if you cross the Trig. Don't know what a Trig is? Enter to find out. Oh yeah, and for all the glory and applause from the common folk. 

Sled Push: Participants will push a Prowler Sled for 40 feet and then pull it back via rope competing for fastest time. Women will have 50-80lbs, Men under 200lbs will have 100-125lbs, and Over 200lbs will be 150-175 lbs. 

Caber Toss: The caber toss is a traditional Scottish athletic event in which competitors, referred to as “tossers” throw a large tapered pole called a "caber." The primary objective is to toss the caber so that it turns end-over-end, falling away from the tosser. There will be three different sized cabers and each tosser will have to successfully toss the smallest caber before moving up to the next size caber. Caber sizes for men will be 15 feet at 85 pounds, 16 feet at 100 pounds, 17 feet at 125 pounds. Caber sizes for shield maidens will be 10 feet at 45 pounds, 12 feet at 55 pounds, and 14 feet at 70 pounds.

Farmer’s Walk: Test your true mobility by carrying ancient rail ties as far as you can. Walk with approximately 150-200 pounds/75-85 pounds in each hand for distance. Scores are based on 50 foot increments completed…1 point for 50 feet, 2 points for 100 feet, 3 points for 150 feet, and so on.

*Events are subject to change leading up to the Games.

Fee Schedule

  • Combined with Renaissance Mud Run Entry // $25
  • October 7th - November 27th (special TRF pricing) // $25
  • November 28th - January 20th // $30
  • January 21st - March 10th // $35
  • March 11th - May 12th // $40
  • May 13th - May 20th //$45