BarBend and the RVA Open — one of the nation’s premiere weightlifting competitions — are pleased to announce a new partnership that will bring top-level weightlifting to more fans than ever. And on July 16-17, BarBend is streaming it live and online — for free.

This year’s RVA Open and Invitational take place July 16th and 17th at CrossFit RVA in Richmond, Virginia. The two-day event will feature some of the nation’s top lifters, and a full start list can be found here. BarBend is the official media sponsor for the event and will be providing previews, coverage, free live streaming, and recaps for weightlifting fans everywhere.

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The RVA Open was started in 2012 as a joint project between CrossFit RVA (owned by Jake Rowell) and Wilkes Weightlifting. Lifters like Holley Mangold, CJ and Omar Cummings, and Caine Wilkes have all participated in past years. In 2015, cash prizes were added, and this year puts even more at stack with larger prizes, custom medals, and an outstanding platform and spectator setup. Spots for the Open portion of this year’s event sold out within 24 hours.

We’re proud to partner with the organizers and look forward to providing a fantastic experience for fans watching live and online.

We’re especially excited to be able to provide a live stream of every heat, completely free. 

More information on how to watch coming closer to the event, but our goal is to provide an incredibly accessible experience for people watching on computers and mobile devices.

More information on the event can be found at RVAOpen.com. Mark your calendars for July 16-17, because this is one competition you won’t want to miss.

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