Lifting for a cause

Published 11:00 am Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fitness center to hold weight competition

Anytime Fitness will have its first annual charity powerlifting meet on July 30 at 9 a.m.

Registration is now open until July 29.

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The cost to enter is $20 or $35 for a shirt added.

For spectators cost will be $5. All monies raised will go towards the Wounded Warriors Foundation.

“We were thinking about doing an event to give back and eventually this idea came about,” said Anytime Fitness owner, Mark Ward.

“We wanted to give back to the veterans who sacrificed for our country. A lot of my family served in the military so the cause is dear to me. We want to say thank you to the service men and women of this country and do what we can to give back to them.”

Participants in the event will compete in the categories of bench, squat and deadlift competition weight class.

An overall winner will be awarded as well as winners for each weight class.

Ward said the goal is to raise a $1,000.

“This is our first year doing this, so we don’t really know what to expect,” Ward said. “We hope it’s a good turnout.”

The Wounded Warriors Foundation’s mission is to honor and empower wounded service members with the purpose of raising awareness and enlisting the public aid for the needs of injured service members; helping injured service members aid and assist each other; and providing unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

Those interested in participating can register at Anytime Fitness.

Anytime Fitness is located at 1650 Douglas Avenue in Brewton next to the Dollar General.