Fort Rucker DFMWR competition tests area powerlifters' abilities
Marcie Nemtzow prepares to perform a squat during a powerlifting competition at the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Facility earlier this year. DFMWR staff hosts the next competition July 24.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Fort Rucker hosts its third powerlifting competition July 24 at Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Facility.

Area powerlifters can compete in three events - squat, deadlift and bench press, said Caroline Driscoll, phsyical fitness program coordinator.

There are nine male weight classes and five for females. Trophies are awarded to the overall male and female winners, overall master male and female - 40-49-year-old competitors - and overall grandmaster male and female - competitors age 50 years or older.

The event is for more than just competition, it's also something spectators can enjoy, Driscoll said.

"There aren't many events like this in the area," she said. "It's a fun event, even for those who don't choose to participate."

Lamar Woods, Army Fleet Support lead administrator, judges the competition for the third time. He said winning trophies is usually the last thing on most competitors' minds.

"There's plenty of competition, but most of it is people competing with themselves," he said. "It's unlike any other competitive sport because your competition is also cheering you on and pushing you to be your best."

Pre-registration runs now until July 17 and costs $12. The cost is $15 after July 17 until July 24, which includes a T-shirt. There is an $8 option for those who do not want T-shirts.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Weigh-in begins at 9 a.m., and the competition starts at 10 a.m.

The competition is open to people age 16 and older, but 16- and 17-year-olds must have parental consent to compete. Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff provides refreshments.

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