2022 Lift Me I’m Irish

Thank you to everyone involved!
Check out the final scores, see the podium pictures and follow Blackjack Images and Jess Wight Photography  for pictures from the show!



March 19th, 2022
9AM – 5PM

Spectator Info

Free Entry for spectators!
Food Trucks, booths, a grip gauntlet, ice cream, cookies, and more!

Come and go as you please. Novices are competing in the morning, everyone else starting at noon.

On street parking is free, lot parking is usually $5 or $10 on weekends.
Lots are accessible from Salisbury St and Wilmington St. Fayetteville Street will be closed for our competition.



Raleigh City Plaza
400 Fayetteville St
Raleigh, NC 27601


James Deffinbaugh and Spider Strength Gym
Contact us at SpiderStrengthGym@gmail.com

Competition Hotel

The competition hotel is the Raleigh Marriott City Center. It’s a top rated hotel directly in front of our competition area. Our price is $179 per night, down from $229 on the site (Thursday through Sunday). Friday weigh ins will be at the hotel, so you won’t have to go anywhere to weigh in and check in. 

It’s right in front of the competition. If you get a room there, you can poop in your own room rather than using the portapotties.
Some of the rooms don’t have bathtubs. If you’re cutting weight, I’d recommend a Sauna Bag. It was a game changer for me, bathtubs were inconsistent and uncomfortable, but the bag works great every time. Just bring lots of sweatpants, sweat shirts, and thick socks to absorb the sweat.
To book, click the link below, or call them and ask for the group rate “SPIDER STRENGTH STRONGMAN COMPETITION”.

Entry Fee

$90. Entry fee is refundable – just let us know (by emailing spiderstrengthgym@gmail.com) if you can’t make it by February 1st and we’ll refund the entry fee.
Strongman Corp membership also required. $77 annually. Sign up or renew here.

First 3 competitors in each division are $20 off. 

Registration Deadline

Deadline to enter and be guaranteed a shirt is February 15th.
Entry fee refundable if you drop out by February 1st.

Divisions Offered

Women’s Novice Under 160
Women’s Novice Over 160
Women’s Open Under 125
Women’s Open Under 140
Women’s Open Under 160
Women’s Open Under 180
Women’s Open Heavyweight
Women’s Masters (40 or over)
Men’s Novice Under 200
Men’s Novice Over 200
Men’s Open Under 175
Men’s Open Under 200
Men’s Open Under 231
Men’s Open Under 265
Men’s Open Heavyweight
Men’s Masters (40 or over)

Nationals Invites

Top two competitors from any open division with at least 6 competitors get an invite to the 2022 Strongman Corporation National Championship.
Top competitor from any open division with at least 2 competitors get an invite as well.
Top three competitors from the masters divisions will get an invite to the 2022 Strongman Corporation Masters National Championship.

Athlete Caps

No athlete caps! The more competitors we get, the more lanes we’ll have!


The order of events is as shown below. The Farmer’s Medley, Axle Deadlift Ladder, and Sandbag Race will all be head to head – three lanes of competitors in the same division going against each other. The Viking Press and Sandbag Battle with be all competitors in the same division will be in the same lane.

Farmer’s Medley

Video demonstration

Competitor will carry three farmer’s implements of ascending weight 40′ each.

Competitor starts with their hands on the first farmer’s implement.
On go, the competitor picks and carries it 40′. The competitor then drops it and picks up the next one and carries it back 40′. Finally, competitor picks up the final farmer’s and carries it 40′ back.

The front of the implement must cross the line on each run.
Unlimited drops allowed.

Equipment will be custom top-loaded farmer’s implements with a 16″ pick height (measured to bottom of the handle) and 1.25″ diameter handles.

60 second time limit. Your score will be total distance completed or time to finish the course. No split times.

Equipment allowed:
Chalk, sleeves, belts, and briefs

Equipment not allowed:
Gloves, straps, and anything sticky.

Weight Chart:
All weights are listed in pounds, per hand.

Axle Deadlift Ladder

Video demonstration

Competitor will deadlift three axles of ascending weight.
Competitor starts behind a line. On go, the competitors deadlifts the first axle.
After the “good” command, the competitor moves on to the second axle.
The last axle will be deadlifted for reps. There are also up commands after the first rep on the final axle. No touch and go reps, no bouncing. No sumo.

Equipment will be custom bare-steel axles and Rogue 26’er bumper plates.

Pick height is 13″ to the center of the bar.

60 second time limit. No split times. Your score will be total reps completed.

Equipment allowed:
Chalk, sleeves, belts, gloves, straps, and briefs

Equipment not allowed:
Deadlift suits or anything sticky.

Weight Chart:

Sandbag Race

There will be two sandbags lined up at the starting line, a lighter bag and a heavier bag. Competitors will pick up the lighter bag, carry it around a cone 40′ away, and bring it back across the starting line. Competitor then picks up the second sandbag, carries it around the cone and comes back. Time stops when the front of the sandbag crosses the line.

Competitor will get a time if they complete the course, or a distance if they don’t. No split times. 60 second time limit.

Equipment allowed:
Sleeves, Wraps, Belts, Gloves, Chalk, Briefs, Grip Shirts

Equipment not allowed:
Anything sticky

Weight Chart:

Viking Press

Competitors will press the Viking Press implement for as many reps as possible in 60 seconds. There will be two pairs of handles corresponding to a heavier weight and a lighter weight. One rep at the heavier weights beats any number of reps at the lighter weight. Your score will be the number of reps at whichever weight you successfully press. That is, if you get one rep at the heavier weight, there is no advantage (no points gained) to doing reps at the lighter weight in addition. If you attempt the heavier weight and don’t get it, you may try the lighter weight as well. The clock doesn’t stop though – you still have 60 seconds to get the reps including the time attempting the heavier weight.

Competitor starts behind a line. On go, the competitor steps up to the implement and presses away for as many reps as possible. Competitor may try the heavier weight first, but if they fail it will cut into their time for the lighter weight.

Competitors will face towards the implement to press.

Jerks, push presses, thrusters, and strict press are all allowed. There are no rules against double knee bend. No penalty for setting the viking press down.

Handles will be neutral grip, 24 inches apart (on center). The pick height will be set per weight class. Expect a lower pick to accommodate all athletes.

We’re using big tree trunks, provided by American Woodyards, a full service lumber yard in Raleigh, specializing in custom lumber and firewood.

Equipment allowed:
Chalk, Sleeves, Wraps, Belts, Gloves, Briefs

Equipment Not Allowed:
Elbow wraps, anything sticky.

Weight Chart:
All weights are listed in pounds, weight-in-hand. That means if it’s listed as 100lbs, it should be the equivalent to pressing a 100lb bar, thanks to the leverage of the apparatus. The “Mercy” column is the lighter option if you can not get the heavier weight. The Mercy weight is really tentative depending on how the apparatuses work out.

Sandbag Battle

Video demonstration

This is a last person standing, max sandbag over bar done in battle format.

All competitors in the weight class start in a line, in reverse order of standings.
On the judge’s “go” command, the first competitor loads the first sandbag over the bar.
The next competitor loads the bag back over the bar, and so on.
Each successive competitor has 30 seconds from the time the bag hits the ground to complete the load. If they fail to load it over in 30 seconds, the next competitor steps up and has 30 seconds from when the judge says “go”.

After everyone has been through the first bag, a volunteer will put out the next heavier bag, and the process repeats until no more than one competitor is left.

All competitors must attempt every bag – no skipping bags.
When you fail, you’re out and your score is the heaviest bag you successfully loaded.

So, as more competitors drop off, time between loads will shorten, bringing in a conditioning element as well.

Bar height: 48″ for all classes.

Equipment Allowed
Sleeves, Wraps, Belts, Gloves, Chalk, Briefs, Grip Shirts

Equipment Not Allowed: Anything sticky

Weight Chart

All sandbags weighing 150lbs and under will be the “150lb size”, filled with sand and crumb rubber. That means the smallest ones will be almost as tall as they are wide, so more like atlas stone shaped.

All sandbags weighing 300lbs and up will be the 300lb size, filled with sand and steel. That means they won’t be the super tall ones that get really awkward. The hope is that it will mean we’ll see some huge numbers!

Below are the bag weight increments and what classes start at each weight. So if you’re in the Women’s Open Heavyweight, for example, the first bag will be 140lbs, the next 160, then 180, 200, 225, etc.

Watch our Facebook Event Page and Instagram page for updates!

Competitor List

Last updated 3/17/2022

Women’s Masters (40+)
Anitra Jones
Barbara Thompson
Heather Burgin
Lindsay Thompson
Kristin McCarthy
Lisa Corrow

Women’s Novice Lightweight (160.4 and under)
Ruby Hall
Nicole Strickland
Amanda Chelchowski
Karen Brinkley
Sydney Clark

Women’s Novice Heavyweight (160.5lbs and up)
Maranda Mabus
Rebecca Wright
Jessica Patterson
Emilia Pierce
Tatjana Stokes
Stephanie Gaffney
Megan Mallard

Women’s Open <125
Svetlana Bostelman
Jessica Reece

Women’s Open <140
Sophia Cooley
Allie Echeverria
Karen Santamaria

Women’s Open <160
Kassandra Ortega
Skylar Wickhorst
Sanda Heger
Melanie Taylor
Rebecca Angles

Women’s Open <180
Katie Gray
Jasmine Jenkins
Sydney DeDominicis

Women’s Open 181+
Casey Garland
Jesi Niebuhr
Racheal Paveglio
Laurie Middleswarth

Men’s Masters (40+)
Thomas Bowman
Lynn Morehouse
Jason Parman
Josh Motta
Christopher Mount
Andrew Snell
Anthony Marabella

Men’s Novice Lightweight (200.4 and under)
Wesley Smith
Karl Wright
Phillip Kerr
Timothy Arnold
Daniel Del Rossi
Derek Hammond
David Pardue
Sean Harrison
Christopher Smith

Men’s Novice Heavyweight (200.5 and up)
Ben Bullins
Brian Aud
Christopher Huie
William Shelton
Derrick Sehen
Christian Swope
Andrew Newton
Eric Mabie
Scott Newport
Adam White
Christopher Graham
Kaisen Barnes
Theodore Groelle
Kristopher Pierce
Patrick Sullivan
Tim Hopper
Bear Dietz
Bristol May
Aaron Boulay
Jonathon King
Jeff Duncan
Kevin Ryan
Joseph McGugan
John Everhart
Cody Walton

Men’s Open <175
Matt Spear
Greg Schiltz
Ian Draughon
Darby Houghton
Nathan Jones

Men’s Open <200
Jason Strahler
Jarrod Sheets
Cory Hock
Mitchell Stanley
Sean Maunz
Taylor Rodely
Jake Reece
Conner Hermenau
Richard W Laureano Jr

Men’s Open <231
Jason Bevill
Anthony Radosevich
Eric Castro
Shane Perry
Samuel Shugars
Charles Gualtieri
Dave Meverden
Eric Wilberg
Dane Hall
Will Jones
Tom Greene
Joshua Pinkerton
Brandon Myers
Gary Mizner
Joshua Dobyns
Philip Brinkman
Isaac Smith
Andrew Jerome

Men’s Open <265
Ryan Wilk
Casey Buddenbaum
Dylan Williams
Daniel Martinez
Evan Krening

Men’s Open 266+
Eli Morgan
Kendall Williamson
Andrew Prosser
Sam Nicholls
Ryan Friddle
Greg Mayer
Ryan Smith
Dominick DeDominicis