Originally the stone was know as the "Manhood" stone because a boy had to throw the stone a designated distance in order to become a man. Traditionally a stone is picked out of a local river for each competition. There are two stone throw competitions, The Braemar style and the open style. The challenge of the Braemar style is that the stone weighs 26 lbs. and must be thrown from a standing position. The open style of putting the stone is similar to the Olympic Shot Put, except that a smooth rounded stone weighing over 16 lb. is used. The athlete is allowed a 7'6" run up before releasing the stone.