Richmond Balance, a three-story fitness facility in Shockoe Bottom, is bringing back Pull For Pride, a popular deadlifting event that benefits local LGBTQ non-profits. The fundraiser is scheduled for June 15, in conjunction with ten sister cities nationwide, at Triple Crossing Brewery in partnership with the Women’s Strength Coalition. The event will support Diversity Richmond, which serves as Central Virginia’s LGBTQ+ community center, and Side by Side, Central Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth organization providing support groups, counseling, and services. Together, along with other community partners, these organizations coordinate hotel stays, clothing, food, and other resources for those most in need in the LGBTQ+ community.
Pull for Pride is open to all people (trans, cis, intersex, non-binary, women, men) and experience levels with no minimum requirements for weight to be lifted. Leading up to the event, Richmond Balance will host free Deadlift Clinics for those interested in learning how to incorporate the movement into their training. The next events are on April 13 and May 11.
Pull for Pride Richmond will feature 60+ lifters, raffle prizes, music, and an afterparty at Triple Crossing. The Richmond community is invited to cheer on the participants as each lifter tests their muscular strength and mental fortitude, proving the strength of an entire community. For each pound the athlete plans to lift, they pledge to raise $1 for the participating nonprofits. Last year, the Pull for Pride fundraiser in Richmond generated over $8,000.
To register, donate or for information on how you can be a sponsor of the event, visit www.PullForPride.com/Richmond.