With those words, the competitors in the fifth annual Bricklayer 500 were off and laying brick at a pace never seen on job sites. The competition, sponsored by Spec Mix, was held in January at the World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas. Twenty teams — each consisting of a mason and a tender — competed for the titles of world's toughest tender and world's best (or at least fastest) bricklayer.

The challenge for the tenders was to see who could set up his mason's workspace in the least amount of time  Among other tasks this meant carrying and stacking 1,000 bricks, which most tenders were able to do in less than 10 minutes.

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