In Hampden on Saturday, athletes put their strength to the test at the tenth annual Maine Games powerlifting competition.

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HAMPDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- In Hampden on Saturday, athletes put their strength to the test at the tenth annual Maine Games powerlifting competition. Close to 70 participants of all different ages and abilities came out to try and hit their best marks in the squat, dead lift and bench press events.

Those who have been coming to this event for years have seen grow in popularity, especially among younger Mainers. Veterans say the sport may look intimidating, but don't be afraid to try it.

"It doesn't matter how big you are," says Garrett Allen, a powerlifter from Hampden. "It's divided by your age and your weight class, so you are not competing against the biggest guys out there, your competing against people your size, your age. And it's a lot of fun."

The Maine games is a completely drug free competition, participants are randomly tested after they lift. Organizers say they work to keep the meet as safe and as fun as possible.

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