A deadlift competition and fundraiser is coming this Saturday at the CrossFit RUK, 104 Poplar Street in Dodge City.

The competition will start at 9 a.m.

The competition is being held to raise funds to go to the Luis and Jayne Diaz family.

The Diaz's one year old daughter Reyna, was diagnosed with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) in August which is a a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system.

To assist with medical expenses, CrossFit coaches Cliff and Shelby Gamblin decided to put on the competition.

"The Diaz’s are previous members plus good friends of ours," the Gamblin's said. "Luis is a city firefighter and Jayne is an assistant principal for USD 443.

"We have an event on Facebook "Deadlifts For Reyna" all updates and posts are being made there."

There will be about 60 lifters in eight different divisions.

"We have several police officers and firefighters from the community participating plus several people from surrounding communities coming over for it," the Gamblin's said. "We will have a raffle on a custom fire pit, a collection of yeti cups, a K-State wreath, a Christmas fern wreath, hot stone massage.

"Then we are having a live auction on a yeti cooler, Chiefs vs Raiders tickets, and a custom made metal flag.

"Both will last from 9 to 11 a.m.

"Several of our gym members are making up baked good so we will have a bake sale and be serving hot chocolate and coffee as well."

All proceeds raise will go to Reyna Diaz.

The schedule will see doors open at 9 a.m., with the youth division starting at 9:15 a.m., novice at 9:30 a.m., competitive at 10 a.m., elite at 10:45 a.m.

The announcing of the raffle/auction winners will be at 11:15 a.m., with awards starting at 11:45 a.m.

"This is our first time doing this so we are hoping to stay on schedule," said the Gamblin's.

The public is invited to attend the competition and take part in raising more money for the Diaz family.

For more information, contact Cliff Gamblin at 620-255-8432 or Shelby Gamblin at 620-255-8493 or email coach.gamblin@crossfitruk.com.

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