NH and VT State Championships Venue — Local Restaurants

ConVal is located on Concord Street (Route 202) in Peterborough, New Hampshire. It is minutes away from to Route 101, Route 123, Route 136 and Route 137.

There are an assortment of restaurants in Peterborough. The ones listed below are all less than ten minutes away from the venue.

They are:

  • Bantam Grill, Monadnock Community Plaza
  • Brady’s American Grill, Route 202 North (closest restaurant to the venue)
  • Cooper’s Hill Public House (Irish pub & Whiskey bar)
  • Dunkin Donuts, Brady’s Plaza, Route 202 North (next door to Brady’s above, about one mile from the venue).
  • Harlow’s Pub & Restaurant, 3 School Street.
  • Mi Jalesco, Peterborough Plaza, Wilton Rd (Job Lots Plaza on Route 101)
  • Pearl Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Monadnock Community Plaza
  • Subway, Peterborough Plaza, Wilton Rd (Job Lots Plaza on Route 101).
  • Waterhouse Restaurant, 18 Depot Street
  • Yen-Yen Chinese Restaurant, Monadnock Community Plaza

NH and VT State Championships Venue — Local Inns

Inns Near the Venue

Contoocook Valley High School (ConVal) is located on Route 202 (Concord Street) in Peterborough, New Hampshire. It is close to Route 101, Route 123, Route 136 and Route 137. It is surrounded by Crotched Mountain, Mount Monadnock, Pack Monadnock, and Temple Mountain.

The closest Inn to the venue is the Jack Daniels Inn. It is also located on Route 202. This inn fills up fast, so if you’re interested in staying here, you should probably book sooner rather than later. The current average room rate is $120. The website is https://www.jackdanielsinn.com/.

The Hancock Inn is on Route 137 in Hancock. It is the second closest inn to the venue (under 10 miles). It includes a restaurant and bar. The current room rates are between $94 – $249. The website is http://www.hancockinn.com/.

The Monadnock Inn is on Mountain Road (Route 124) in Jaffrey. It is about 25 minutes away from the venue. It includes a restaurant and bar. Mount Monadnock is about a mile away from this inn. The current room rate averages $115. The website is https://monadnockinn.com/.

USA Powerlifting New Rule Update

As of January 1, 2019, USA Powerlifting has a couple of new rules that have to do with the type of clothes you may, may not, or must wear when competing at a USA Powerlifting meet:

  • Lifters now have the option of wearing boxer briefs with legs. Bike/compression shorts are still not allowed to be worn during weigh-in or on the platform.
  • A t-shirt must be worn for all lifts, including the deadlift, by both male and female competitors.

Please become familiar with these simple changes to the rules. USA Powerlifting New Hampshire will be following the new rules at our first meet of the year, the Granite State Grand Prix III, on Sunday, January 27.

Good Time had by all at 2018 USA Powerlifting Phoenix Task Force Powerlifting Festival

The 2018 USA Powerlifting Phoenix Task Force Powerlifting Festival held this past September in Dover began on a high note with Master of Ceremonies (and Phoenix Task Force member) Kelly Smith proudly and powerfully singing our country’s National Anthem. Kelly’s impressive knowledge of USA Powerlifting rules coupled with his positive energy set the tone for a dynamic meet. Everyone had a great time!
While it wasn’t our largest meet, it definitely was a fun and exciting one. We got to see 10-year-old, 57Kg Phoenix Task Force lifter Addie Sylvester go 9-for-9 in her first powerlifting meet, then watch USA World Team member M3 lifter Denise Thomas win the 63KG weight class in the Open Division, and Masters Division, resulting in her being awarded best female lifter by Wilks.
Twenty-seven year old, 83Kg competitor Alex Schwartz was a force on the platform, and won the Male Best Lifter award with a 595Kg lifting total. Both Denise and Alex received gift bags courtesy of GNC.
Phoenix Task Force lifter Esteban Rubens came in first place in the Men’s Masters Division with a winning Wilks of 363.102, followed by Christopher Engebretson who was a close second with a Wilks score of 362.718.
A very special thank you to all of the lifters, volunteers and the spectators who came out to support this event. Katherine Berger, you are a miracle worker. Thank you for all that you do for USA Powerlifting New Hampshire. Thank you also Steven Milioto-Crowe, Stephen and Jaime Staples for being our spotters and loaders. You were all so professional and did such a great job. You guys are the best.
Thank you also to Royce Claflin and Sara Zela for once again opening up your fitness center and extending your wonderful New England hospitality to everyone who walked through your doors. Your team is a big part of USA Powerlifting New Hampshire. Thank you for your positive influence on our community.
And finally, thank you to Michael Zawilinski for driving all the way from Rhode Island during the early hours of the morning to make it to New Hampshire on time to setup and run our meet.

2017 USA Powerlifting New Hampshire Year-in-Review

USAPL NH logo for 2018 NEW with registered mark

USA Powerlifting New Hampshire closed 2017 on an optimistically high note. Our membership has increased from 37 members in January 2016 to 185 members in December 2017. We also grew our state referee pool from three to seven, and are very fortunate to have two of the very best national referees in the country. A third national referee is projected for 2018.

2017 brought three USAPL meets to New Hampshire. The first was the state championship at ConVal High School in Peterborough in April, followed by the Phoenix Task Force Powerlifting Festival in Dover in September, then the Iron Empire Fall Classic also in Dover, in November.

A very special thank you to ConVal Athletic Director Mark Swasey, Phoenix Fitness owners Royce Claflin and Sara Zela, and Iron Empire owner John Rudolph for your generous hospitality in inviting USAPL New Hampshire into each of your facilities this past year. You have been instrumental in helping USAPL New Hampshire thrive and grow. As a result, the USAPL New Hampshire lifters are excelling. Each meet in 2017 had an average of 55 lifters. Many lifters set new state records or broke existing ones at our local meets.

It was great to see 12 New Hampshire lifters competing at Raw Nationals in Scranton, PA in October, with four of them placing in one of the top five spots for their divisions and weight classes. Congratulations to Denise Thomas who won first place in the Women’s 63Kg Raw Master 3 Division, Chris Colbert who won third place in the Women’s 84+ Kg Raw Master M1 Division, Eric LaPointe who won third in the Men’s 74Kg Open Division and Nicholas Guidice who won fourth place in the Men’s 105Kg Open Division. Both Eric and Nicholas did so well that they were nominated to compete at the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival in March. In other National Meet news, we had Ivan Carrier win the gold in the 2017 American Open in California and National Referee Erika Myers win fourth place at the 35th Annual Open National Championship in Florida. And finally, congratulations to Cindy Tilton who won silver in the 84+ M1 Master Raw Division at the International Powerlifting Federation World Bench Championship in April in Killeen, TX.

There’s a lot more strength and excitement to look forward to in 2018. In less than three weeks, we have the USAPL Arkitect Open in Concord on January 27, and the USA Powerlifting New Hampshire State Championship in Peterborough on Saturday, April 28. There are also a couple of other meets tentatively scheduled for Dover and Nashua. For details on any of the above, contact USAPL New Hampshire State Chair Lizz Smullen at lizzsmullen@gmail.com.