New York City, New York (PressExposure) March 01, 2013 -- Can't remember where you parked your car or that phone number you were supposed to call? Try remembering a shuffled deck of 52 playing cards or putting over 100 random names and faces- it can be done. The "mental athletes" competing in the 16th Annual USA Memory Championship have been training for the past year and will put their memories to the test on Saturday, March 16 at Con Edison's Grand Auditorium at 4 Irving Place in NYC (14th Street) from 8:30am to 4:00pm EST.
Competitors will attempt to memorize the following in 5 to 15 minute time periods - depending on the event: a 500 number sequence, over 100 names and faces, a 50-line unpublished poem including punctuation, and two decks of shuffled playing cards.
According to Tony Dottino, chairman and founder of the USA Memory Championship, and an expert in memory techniques, business innovation, and creativity in the workplace, "The number of mental feats accomplished by our competitors never ceases to amaze us."
Reigning two-year champion, Nelson Dellis, will be returning to defend his title. Dellis will be competing against 50 others, including a neurologist from Maine, a bar owner from San Francisco, and a seventh grader from New Jersey.
As part of the Championship, life'sDHA--an algal source of DHA omega-3, a nutrient that helps to support brain health--will sponsor a keynote presentation by David Perlmutter, M.D., board-certified neurologist and fellow of the American College of Nutrition.
"Everyday memory loss such as misplacing keys, forgetting a name and losing concentration in meetings may not be a natural part of aging," said Dr. Perlmutter. "The good news is, we can improve memory and build a better brain through daily exercise, a low-carb diet rich in DHA omega-3, brain workouts and other simple lifestyle changes."
The winner will represent the USA at the World Memory Championship this fall (location yet to be determined). Spectators are welcome and there is no charge for admittance.
For more information, visit http://www.usamemorychampionship.com.