Tax Day Pull-Up Challenge results

Tax Day
Overall winner Alan Garvin is presented with his $100 by Christian Craig. Alan completed 34 unassisted pull-ups. Photo provided

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – For those who have put in the hard work of exercising, the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center and Graham and Graham PC wanted to give individuals an opportunity to earn a cash refund for their efforts with the first ever Tax Day Pull-Up Contest. The premise was simple: do as many pull-ups as you can in one of four divisions – Men’s Unassisted, Men’s Assisted, Women’s Unassisted, Women’s Assisted. The assisted division simply meant that half of your body weight was removed using the “assisted pull-up” machine. The event was open to anyone willing to give it a shot. A cash prize of $100 would be awarded to the individual who completed the most pull-ups in each division.

April 15 started early for Springfield resident Sam Mccoy who was the first competitor to participate at 6:30 a.m. In all, 30 individuals took part; including the oldest participant, 71- year-old Bryce Honeywell, who completed 20 assisted pull-ups! The day was won by Chester resident Alan Garvin who completed 34 unassisted pull-ups. In the women’s unassisted category, Meg Letson of Bellows Falls claimed the crown and $100 with 11 unassisted pullups. In the assisted categories, Rachel Karwelat, an employee at Drew’s Organics in Chester, won the women’s division with 60 assisted pull-ups. Springfield resident Mat Jackson won the men’s assisted with 48 pull-ups.

Start doing your daily pull-ups today, as the event will return April 15, 2020. Can you earn a refund on your fitness hard work?

The event was sponsored by the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center and Graham and Graham PC located in Springfield, Vt. For more information regarding exercise and wellness programs at the EdgarMay, visit or call 802-885-2568. To learn about the tax and financial services offered by Graham and Graham PC, visit or call 802-885-5340.

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