As spectators were arriving at the Steven Primis Auditorium for the Chugiak High School Bodybuilding competition, the backstage was buzzing with student athletes applying spray tan in a can to each other.
Eleven young men and three women competed in this year’s event at Chugiak High School on Wed. April 12. Former competitors and past winners were the judges of the event.
The men’s division was separated into three weight classes, lightweight, mid and heavy weight. The three women competed in just one.
Winners for the evening went to, in the lightweight division, Leif Thurmond; Mid-weight, Troy Zellers and heavyweight Ben Wiggins. For the women, Sarah Copper took top honors and the right to be called Ms. Chugiak.
In the final competition for the evening, Thurman, Zellers and Wiggins squared off for the men’s championship. After the three competed the mandatory poses for the judges, the music blared and the students were free to show their best stuff. For several minutes, each athlete was trying to impress the audience and the judges with their best poses. The spectators were loud and cheering for their favorite. In the end, Ben Wiggins repeated last year’s victory and the right to be called Mr. Chugiak.