History of the Conan Walk
Although this event is known by many names, it is best known as the Conan’s Wheel. This is because of the similarities to the Wheel of Pain from the film Conan the Barbarian. In the film, Conan (played by the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger) and other slaves had to pick up a heavy arm of a rotating mill and carry it as form of their labour while awaiting sale. The movie came out in 1982 but this event was not called the Conan’s wheel for many years to follow.
This event was first introduced to the sport of strongman in the 1989 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) in San Sebastian, Spain. The event then was named the “Cart Circle” in the contest and was as homage to the heritage of the area.