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Weightlifting: Warrior liftathon scheduled for early March

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The 30th annual Sertoma Sunrise Warrior Liftathon fundraiser will feature 125 lifts 3:30 p.m. March 4-5, in the Brainerd High School strength room.

Participants include 81 boys and 41 girls from the Brainerd School District in grades 8-12. There are 10 fundraising teams with 12-13 lifters per team. The teams are captained by Sertoma Sunrise Club members, who will seek pledges from the community on behalf of their team.

The Liftathon raises funds for charitable organizations and those in need in the Brainerd area and also raises funds for improvements in the school districtโ€™s weight rooms. Participants may also compete for T-shirts based upon MPPO guidelines. MPPO is a measure of a lifter's overall strength in relation to body size. The lifter's one-repetition maximum effort in each lift is added together and then divided by the person's body weight to determine MPPO. The lifts are the bench press, power clean and parallel squat. T-shirts are awarded for MPPO performance level. The boys' standard is 4.00 or greater for boys with a bodyweight under 250 pounds, and 3.50 or greater for boys with a bodyweight of 250 pounds or more. The girls' standard is 2.75 or greater for girls with a bodyweight under 180 pounds, and 2.50 or greater for girls with a bodyweight of 180 pounds or more. T-shirts are also awarded to lifters who have participated in the Liftathon for a minimum of three years.

Stephen G. Nunnink MPPO scholarships are awarded to the top male and female lifter based upon MPPO performance. Broc Peterson and Maddie Holm were the top male and female lifters in the 2019 Liftathon. Nunnink initiated the MPPO concept when he founded the Brainerd strength program in 1975. The Warrior Wall is a display area next to the high school weight room that recognizes the top 10 all-time MPPO in each grade, and the top 10 bench press, power clean and parallel squat performances for the boys and girls since the Liftathon began in 1991. Several record performances are anticipated in this year's event.

The two-day event will be judged by current Brainerd coaching and teaching staff, area law enforcement officers, community members and former Liftathon participants.

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The event is free and open to the public.

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