NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Adult and youth participants from around the country descended on Con Edison’s Grand Auditorium in Manhattan for the 16th annual USA Memory Championship, on Saturday.

Competitors memorized arbitrary pieces of information about the order of playing cards, names and faces, poems, and lists of random numbers and words, according to event officials.

The youngest competitors were a pair of 12-year-olds who decided to give it a shot after watching the event last year.

“I had two 12-year-olds that watched this and said ‘I’d like to be a mental athlete,” founder Tony Dottino told 1010 WINS reporter Gary Baumgarten.

This year’s winner was Ram Kolli of Santa Monica, California.

The event was started as way to show people that they can improve their memory.

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