Santa Claus performer from Oregon competes for ‘World’s Strongest Man’ title

SALEM, Ore. (WHDH) — A Santa Claus from Oregon is in some serious shape for the holidays, pumping iron ahead of a fitness contest.

Albie Mushaney is competing to be the “World’s Strongest Man” masters title next month in North Carolina. Mushaney said he got into weight-lifting to improve his health.

“I was terribly out of shape, obese. Getting beat up by diabetes and I realized if I want to see my kids graduate from high school, I was going to have to lose weight and get in shape,” said Mushaney.

Mushaney is also using his goal to be the world’s strongest Santa as a way to help others. He has launched “Operation Big Bad Santa” to raise money to buy Christmas presents for the children of wounded veterans.

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