There's No Place Like Maintenance Mania for This Kansas Man

Justin Heenan, 2013 Maintenance Mania ChampionDigested From “Wichita Maintenance Worker Wins National Contest”

Wichita Eagle (06/27/13) Riedl, Matt

Each year, apartment maintenance workers from all over the country compete in Maintenance Mania to determine who among them is the fastest at installing faucets, smoke detectors, and other home fixtures. At this year's event sponsored by the National Apartment Association, Wichita's Justin Heenan claimed the title. Heenan, who works for Key Management, won after six years of coming up short. Contestants first have to win one of the 10 regional competitions. After those are decided, 10 wild card picks are made to bring the championship draw to 20 competitors.

The 2013 Maintenance Mania Championship was held June 21 in San Diego. Heenan said he spent nearly eight months preparing for the event, practicing on near-scale models of the challenges constructed in his garage and basement. In addition to cutting his times, Heenan said he also lost weight for the competition, losing 53 pounds to "get lighter on my feet."

The Apartment Association of Greater Wichita was able to send both Heenan and Aaron Adams, maintenance supervisor at Buttonwood Tree Apartments, to the contest. After edging the second-place finisher by 0.789 seconds, Heenan won two iPads, a washer and dryer, a custom-embroidered jacket, and a trophy. The prize package was worth more than $11,000. His total time for the eight events was 1 minute, 23.838 seconds.

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