Power lifters help raise $202,000 for HOPEKIDS

Alayssa Klein (left) and Dawn Hickman pose with the check for money raised as of March 29 at Relentles 2014 in Rosemount.

Alayssa Klein (left) and Dawn Hickman pose with the check for money raised as of March 29 at Relentless 2014 in Rosemount. (Photos provided by Steve Hickman)

 

Elk River power lifters Dawn Hickman, Alayssa Klein and John Wood participated in an event that raised $202,000 for HOPEKIDS.

Dawn Hickman won the best lifter award at Relentless 2014 held in Rosmount on March 28-29. The 105-pound, 46-year-old lifter set national records in her division for squat (347 pounds), bench (231) and total (893). Her dead-lift was 314 pounds, also a personal record.

Dawn Hickman with fellow lifter Marshall "Freak Show" Johnson at Relentless 2014.

Dawn Hickman with fellow lifter Marshall “Freak Show” Johnson at Relentless 2014.

Steve Hickman, Dawn’s husband and training partner, said donations will still be accepted for three months at Daddy-O’s, where she works, or online at tinyurl.com/hickman14.

Dawn Hickman competing in dead lift.

Dawn Hickman competing in dead lift.

Klein achieved personal records in squad (380), bench (254), dead lift (342) and total (976), reported Steve Hickman. Wood competed only in bench.

Dawn Hickman, wearing a T-shift emblazoned with “Prepare, Perform, Prevail,” competed in “105-pound upa/upa ad/open class equipped,” which pits her against any woman at any weight competing equipped.

“There were several lifters that on any given day could have won,” said Steve Hickman. “It was just Dawn’s day. All her hard work, training and diet paid off.”

He added that the atmosphere was “absolutely electric” as the lifters enjoyed contributing to this cause and forming relationships.

Playing with the kids of HOPEKIDS.     Playing with the kids of HOPEKIDS.

Playing with the kids of HOPEKIDS.

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