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Marana axe throwing venue prepares to host world championship

Event to be televised live on ESPN
Posted at 2:43 PM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-08 14:12:20-05

MARANA, Ariz. — It uses one of the world’s oldest tools, but it’s one of the world’s newest sports -- axe throwing.

This weekend, Splitting Timber in Marana will host The World Axe Throwing League’s championship event, which will be televised live on ESPN.

“It’s the Super Bowl of Axe Throwing,” said Splitting Timber owner AJ Hughes. “For ESPN to come here, we had to rent another suite so we have a large arena to hold the event.”

The sport of axe throwing started in the Canadian woods. However, you don’t need to be outside to participate, you don’t need to be an adult, and you don’t even need to be strong.

“It takes discipline and practice,” said Jules Mondeau, a Tucsonsn who’s ranked third in the world. “Once you get the formation and timing down, it becomes easier. Anyone can do it.”

A competitor receives six points for hitting the red bullseye. It’s eight points for the successful risk of hitting the blue kill shot.

The finals will be 1:00 pm live on ESPN.