Local gym chain hosting physically distanced USA Weightlifting qualifying event

Oct 27 2020, 5:36 pm

Weightlifters hoping to qualify for the American Open, Nationals, and Youth Nationals can visit local fitness franchise Sasquatch Strength which is hosting Washington’s first weightlifting meet since lockdown.

The event will follow health guidelines from both the state of Washington and USA Weightlifting, including mandatory masks and temperature checks for all lifters and coaches.

“This has been a tough year for everyone, and we wanted to find a way to bring some sense of normalcy back to our weightlifting community in a safe and effective manner,” said Troy Morse, Director of Programming at Sasquatch Strength, in a press release. “For many people, these meets are a way of life that they have been completely missing out on since March. Our team has worked really hard to provide them with a way to compete in-person without compromising their safety during the pandemic.”

According to Sasquatch Strength, lifters will be weighed in a tent outside, one at a time, and then assigned a designated spot away from one another. The event will be divided into five sessions, with approximately 12 lifters per two-hour session.

Only lifters and coaches will be allowed to attend onsite. Spectators can tune in virtually on Facebook live on October 31 starting at 7:30 am.

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