Fifth Annual Olympic Shot Put Event to Draw Huge Crowd to Downtown Lawrence Blog 04/22/2016 Tweet The fifth annual Olympic Shot Put competition is taking place in downtown Lawrence on Friday, April 22 on 8th St. between Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets. Of the nine competitors in the event, six are from the top 10-ranked throwers in the world. Hosted by eXplore Lawrence, the fifth annual Olympic Shot Put competition is also in conjunction with the 89th Kansas Relays which is also going on this week. The contest is free and open to the public, and is expected to draw quite the crowd. “I’m going to say 2,000 and that may be underestimating,” Bob Sanner, the eXplore Lawrence coordinator for the event said. “Every year this event has grown and grown in excitement, not only with the community, but those people coming from the Kansas Relays.” Other attractions besides the shot putting include live music by the Brody Buster Band, inflatable play areas for children and a chance to win prizes. The main attraction is still the Olympic quality shot putting that will be taking place. “We’ve got three new faces, and two of those three are ranked top 20 in the world,” said Sanner. “So quality, you might even say Olympic caliber field, here in Lawrence, Kansas.” The event starts at 6 p.m. on 8th Street between Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets.