US Masters American Championships 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah



An Eleiko event hosted by Praxis Weightlifting






Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S W Temple, SLC UT, 84101


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Radisson SLC Downtown; $129/night (deadline for discount Oct 1, 2018)

215 W. South Temple, SLC, UT 84101; (800) 333-3333 ask for “2018 American Masters Championships preferred rate”

Radisson Online Reservation

Sauna, hot tub, directly adjacent to venue, in-room refrigerator, adjacent to Trax light rail which runs direct to airport $2.50 and offers free access to downtown, $10 daily parking fee.

  • Hyatt House; $134/night (deadline for discount Oct 1, 2018)

140 S. 300 W. SLC, UT 84101; (801) 359-4020 “Masters Weightlifting 2018 rate”

Hyatt House Online Reservation

Complimentary internet, in-room refrigerator and microwave (can upgrade to kitchenette), complimentary breakfast, $10 daily parking fee, 1.5 blocks to venue, 2 blocks to Trax $2.50 light rail to airport, NO SAUNA

  • Marriott Courtyard; $134/night (deadline for discount Oct 1, 2018)

345 W. 100 S. SLC, UT 84101; (385) 290-6500 “Masters Weightlifting 2018 rate”

Marriott Online Reservation

Sauna, hot tub, complimentary internet, in-room refrigerator and microwave, $10 daily parking fee, 1.5 blocks to venue, .2 blocks to Trax light rail


EARLY ENTRY DEADLINE: 15 September 2018 (No qualifying total required for this event)

Individual Early Entry $104 includes $25 mandatory drug testing fee and online registration fee.

LATE ENTRY DEADLINE: 15 October 2018

Individual entries after 15 September and through 15 October 2018 $130- includes $25 mandatory drug testing fee and online registration fee.

You will have an option to add on a competition shirt for $25.  T-shirt color and style changes can be made at the GAMEDAY vendor booth for a price upgrade (yes, including glitter)

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USAW Membership (Master athlete) is required for all athletes.  Please make sure your membership is valid through the end of the competition (5 November 2018). USAW number and expiration date are required in order to register.  Athletes are required to be registered with USAW as MASTERS athletes.


The technical meeting will be held Wednesday 31 October at 7:00 PM at the Radisson Hotel.  Verification of entries (changing weight classes) will take place at 6:30 PM.


Competition will take place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 1-4 November 2018.  A tentative lifting schedule will be determined one week after the entry deadline of 15 September 2018.  The final lifting schedule will be set at the final verification of entries, Wednesday 31 October.  The expectation is that the oldest lifters will compete on Thursday, and the youngest men will lift last on Sunday.  The remaining entries will be divided to balance the number and size of sessions throughout the weekend.


Masters age divisions will apply 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90+

IWF weight class categories recognized as of November 1, 2018 will apply.  It is anticipated that new weight classes will be announced by the IWF in the summer of 2018. Until new weight classes are announced, you will be prompted to register in the familiar weight classes.  Once the new weight classes are announced, registered athletes will automatically be bumped UP to the nearest weight class of the one they registered under.  Athletes will be alerted by email and be allowed to submit an email declaration of a different weight class than the automatic increase, if desired.  As always, weight class changes may be made at the Verification of Entries meeting prior to the event (see Weight Category Change below).  Updates will be posted here and on the USAW and IWF websites.

UPDATE AUG 10:  IWF bodyweight categories have been applied.  If you registered prior to August, you have been automatically bumped UP to the nearest weight class.  If you would like to change your weight class, please email and we will happily make that change for you.  


Please note that according to USAW Masters rules, an athlete may increase or decrease his/her body weight category at the Verification of Entries meeting (before the Technical Meeting). After the technical meeting an athlete may increase, but may not decrease his/her body weight category. The athlete must notify the Competition Secretary and report to the weigh-in of the original weight category to confirm the change to a heavier category. If there are any questions about this ruling please contact your National Master’s Chairman, Howard Cohen.


Records set at the Masters American Championships are “meet records”, meaning they can only be set at this annual event.  With new IWF weight class categories, it is expected that all highest totals at this event will be recorded as Masters American Championships meet records. (Note: Meet records are specific an event and are not National Records)


Pursuant to the rules of USA Masters Weightlifting, championships are a drug-tested event. The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) will be under contract to handle all testing-related procedures. The number of tests administered will depend on the number of entries received for the championships. Of each entry received, $25 is allocated to the contracted costs with USADA.


Medals will be presented to first, second, and third place for totals only.

-Best Lifter for each age group, male and female

-Grand Master award for male and female

-Team awards for first, second and third place, male and female


All official weigh-ins will take place at the weigh-in office at the competition venue.  There will be a check scale at the competition hotel – Radisson, adjacent to the venue.


Debbie Millet, Meet Director; (801) 440-7699