LINCOLN, Neb. — Unquestionably one of the fittest Seventh-day Adventist evangelists, Doug Batchelor will travel this week to Union College in Lincoln, Neb. to compete in of one the denomination’s most grueling physical showdowns, Acrofest. The event will draw over 600 participants from high schools and colleges from across the country for a multi-day gymnastics training and exhibition event.
Batchelor is taking time out of his busy speaking schedule to defend his long-held Best Adventist Back Handspring title at the event. He will perform a series of stretches, back handsprings and a short health lecture at the Acrofest grand finale on Saturday night, November 14 at Lincoln’s Lied Center.
Adventist gymnastics fans have for decades been impressed with Batchelor’s dexterity and unparalleled athletic ability. Despite aggressive challenges from Adventists celebrities ranging from Dwight Nelson, to Mark Finley to assorted members of the Kings Heralds, absolutely nobody has been able to touch his professional caliber of back handspring.
Union College Acrofest spokesperson Khorn Feeld said that the question on everyone’s minds is whether Batchelor still has what it takes to keep his title at the age of 58.
“I guess we’ll have to wait and see. He’s got some serious competition this year, especially from a few of our female gymnasts,” said Feeld.
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