FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Morgantown teens could be bringing home some national championship titles at the Strongman Teen competition this weekend.

“We’re talking about the teens that actually do it,” said Paul Mauser, coordinator for the event, on WAJR’s Morgantown AM. “The ones that show up, they put their ego on the line. They stand up in front of the judge, they stand up in front of the crowd and they say ‘I am here, I am going to lift this, world records on the line.’ You will see world records broken this Saturday.”

The event will take place on Saturday, July 21 at Palatine Park in Fairmont.

The teens, ages 13 to 19, will compete in a series of challenges:

  • Block press overhead challenge
  • Dead lift
  • Farmer’s lock challenge
  • Block carry
  • Hercules hold

“Part of the beauty of the whole thing is that you have these awkward objects, you have these challenges that you have to navigate,” Mauser said. “You have to figure out ‘how am I going to deal with this’ not only does it weigh 300 pounds or whatever it might way, that’s bad enough. Now, it’s also something that doesn’t necessarily want to be lifted. A barbell wants to be lifted. A barbell was designed to be lifted. A giant steel block? Not so much.”

According to Mauser, competitors in the event are high-level athletes from around the country, aiming to break records and win titles

“For some of them this is their last hurrah,” he said. “This is the last time they’re going to get to compete in this sort of capacity because they’re going on to college, they’re signing on for football or whatever it may be, and this is the big one.”

Athletes will come from as far as California, Texas, Virginia, and Ohio to compete.

“We have local kids from West Virginia. Come out and support these local West Virginia athletes,” Mauser said.

Competitive events will begin at noon. Admission is free, but vendors will be available for spectators to purchase food and drinks. The national anthem will be performed at 11:55 a.m.

Mauser encourages people to come to the event to show support for the W.Va. athletes competing.

“We gotta support our locals,” he said. “If you want to see incredible people do incredible things, represent West Virginia, bring home that national championship, you got to come out and support them, okay? Bring the kids, it’s going to be a family friendly affair. Bring a pop-up tent, bring a canopy. We encourage it, there’s plenty of room our there at Palatine Park. I want to pack that park. I want half of Marion County, half of Mon County, half of Harrison, everybody come on out and check this out.”

Story by Hannah Williams

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