Kai Miranda and Jason C. Powell share a common dream that one day all of the natural bodybuilding organizations will set aside their differences and join forces to truly represent the natural athlete. To help expedite that goal, they have organized the first multi-affiliated – unsanctioned – pro natural bodybuilding championship which takes place on Saturday, August 20, at the Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre and Convention Center in Stafford, Texas. The overall winner will take home a first prize of $10,000 – the largest cash prize awarded to one contestant in the history of natural bodybuilding!
Appropriately named after Cronus, the leader of the first generation of Titans in Greek mythology, Cronus, “Gods of the Stage” will bring together 12 of the greatest natural bodybuilding titans in the world. Contestants from some of the top natural organizations have received automatic invitations with remaining spots open to submission.
There are NO entry fees, NO tanning fees, and NO urinalysis fees for the contestants.In addition, athletes are provided with competition meals (so they don’t have to travel with all that food), clothing (us, Unbreakable Gear, Optimum Nutrition and more), taxi service, entry for one helper, booth to promote themselves at the amateur event, photo shoots…and more
The Optimum Nutrition (ON) Lone Star Pro and Amateur event is being held the same day and in the same venue as The Cronus, and the Lone Star winner could be advanced to the Cronus stage if he meets the qualifications.
All athletes will be tested upon arrival and prior to finals by urinalysis paid by Cronus. Only those athletes coming from an organization that Cronus does not recognize as a natural organization will be responsible for the cost of their own urinalysis. If their application is accepted, they have 72 hours to submit to testing at a testing facility approved by Cronus.
There are 10 total judges. One – and only one -spot is open to a representative from each of the top organizations that choose to participate. The judges’ seats will be purchased for $1,000 and placed directly into the purse for the event. The fee is for the marketing and recognition they will receive. The remaining spots are available on a first come first serve basis. Each judge will have a vote on the submissions as well as two alternate judges’ seats to be reserved for photographers. Those two spots will NOT be purchased.
Among the contestants already entered in this year’s inaugural event are well-known natural champions Darren Steen (WNBF), Eric Broser (NGA) , Wayne Jackson (WBFF) , Shaun “The Giant Killer” Clarida (WNBF), Markus Reinhardt ((Musclemania) , Tuan Tran (REALworldtour), Daniel Grissom (NGA) , Robert Johnson (WNBF), Eric Alstrup (UFE, NGA, IDFA, INBF, Musclemania), Cleveland “The Truth” Thomas IFPA) , and Thomas Anderson (NGA, INBA).
In addition to the $10,000 cash prize for the overall champion, custom awards will be presented to 1-3 place @ $1200 per trophy, 4 – 12 place medals @ $250 per medal. Special awards – Thor style hammers (metal) – will be awarded for best poser and most muscular @ $1400 per hammer, and 4 wooden Thor hammers will be awarded for smaller awards @ $200 per hammer.
“The primary reason for creating this event was to open our arms to every organization out there,” explains Jason, “regardless of affiliation. The standard unspoken response of most natural organizations for not working together is, ‘Yes, we can merge…as long as you call it by my name, use my rules, and let me make the money.’ In other words, it’s not about what’s good for the sport but only about what’s good for them.”
Accordingly, response from most athletes to the Cronus has been overwhelmingly positive. On the other hand, response from most natural organizations has been generally negative which seems to confirm Jason’s observations or at least begs the question of whether they more interested in maintaining their fiefdoms or whether there are legitimate reasons why they are not supporting the concept of the Cronus.
This writer would like to hear from the various natural organizations about why their organizations cannot work together and why they would object to an unsanctioned event open to the top athletes of all the major natural organizations. If the natural organizations do not accept athletes from other organizations in their shows or do not allow their athletes to compete in contests sanctioned by other organizations, why would they object to the Cronus? Readers can send their responses to Jim Evans at email@example.com with the title “Cronus” in the subject box. Responses will appear in a subsequent article following the contest.
The Cronus may or may not cause the natural organizations to ever merge or even start working together, but it seems like a step in the right direction. Kudos to Kai and Jason for taking off the gloves and challenging the status quo.