Early RUM Committed Lifters Released
(updated 8/12 to add additional lifters)
In his latest newsletter, Raw Unity Meet meet director Eric Talmant releases the names of the lifters from which he already has received written commitments for the 2010 event.
They include the number two and number four ranked raw female powerlifters in the world, Taylar Stallings and Sioux-Z Hartwig-Gary, and the number three, four, five, and ten ranked males, Scott Weech, Jr, Beau Moore, Mike Tuchscherer, and Ben Brand. Other top 50 men include Tony Reid, Jamie McDougal, Ron Hackaspker, Sabre Schnitzer, Jeremy Hamilton, Shae Jones, Michael Neal, and Brian Schwab.
Other earlier commitments have come in from Scott Cartwright, Darren Matsumoto, Chip Edalgo, Brandon Cass, Johnny Vasquez, Larry Dyles, Eric Talmant, Art Menton, WC Waldron, Leonetta Richardson, Derron Bohne, John Landau, Jose Garcia, Jr., April Mathis, Leslie Kutner, Daniel Tinajero, Brian Tincher, Terry Acosta, Aaron Lawrence, Pat Susco, Thomas Phillips, Bill McDonough, Mike Pratt, Ginger Jeanne Vieira, Jenn Rotsinger, Mike Bishop, and Tom Roselli.
Bench competitors include Mike Hummel, Joe Hill, Claude Bouyer, Mike De Laval, Adam Zehr, and Neal Dreisig.
Ellen Stein and Doug Phan have committed to the deadlift event.
Talmant will cap the men's lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight divisions and women's division to 15 lifters each. The bench-only and deadlift-only competitions will be limited to 20 lifters each.
Talmant plans to offer prize money to the top three finishers in each men's division; the best lightweight and middleweight woman; and the best lightweight and heavyweight bench presser (men and women combined). He hopes to also award money to the top deadlifter. More information about prize money will be released as it develops.
The 2010 Raw Unity Meet will take place January 30-31 in Tampa, Florida.