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Tires, weights and bench presses, oh my!

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Editor’s note: Event rescheduled to June 1 at 9 a.m. due to inclement weather.

An event that started out attracting teenage weightlifters from three local schools has grown in the past few years. Since attending the first event of its kind, site coordinator Malcolm Lewis is anxious about hosting the fourth annual Strongman Competition this Saturday.

“Last year we had it at the high school and it was a memorable event,” Malcolm Lewis said.

On May 18 (rescheduled to June 1 at 9 a.m. due to inclement weather) with weigh-ins at 9 a.m., several high school weightlifters from in and around the Northern Neck will gather to see who is the strongest at Washington & Lee High School. Not only will the top individuals be awarded, but the school that scores the highest.

In the first year only Washington & Lee and Colonial Beach competed in the event. This weekend students from Essex, King George, Caroline, King William and Rappahannock High Schools have been invited.

“Many more schools and people will be involved,” Lewis said. What attracts so many spectators, Lewis added is the events that push the students to endure some tough exercises.

Jeremy Jack, who helped to orchestrate the first competition in Colonial Beach, said he’s proud to see the kids enjoying themselves through competition an cheering each other on.

“Sportsmanship is a quintessential part of the event. It’s a great opportunity to show off the kids work in the offseason and the fact that it’s growing is really, really exciting,” Jack said.

The event will be divided into four weight classes—lightweight, crusierweight, middleweight and heavyweight—to determine who is this year’s strongest. There will be a total of six events including the bench press, crucifix hold, harnessed truck pull and a three event medley: tire flip, farmers carry and hand over hand sled pull.

There is no charge to view the event and the public is welcome to attend.