The Venice Beach Recreation Center has a variety of competitions scheduled to celebrate Memorial Day, from a powerlifting national championship featuring members of the armed forces to its Muscle Beach International Classic bodybuilding and figure contest, Saturday through Monday, May 23rd through 25th.

The holiday weekend activities, also featuring an amateur boxing match, live music and a C-17 flyover, will be held at 1800 Ocean Front Walk in Venice.

The U.S. Powerlifting Federation (USPF) Military National Championship, which is open to all active, reserve, National Guard and retired armed forces personnel, is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 23rd. The competition consists of the powerlift, bench press, and deadlift. The entry fee is $85 per lifter and $35 for additional divisions.

The competitions scheduled Sunday, May 24th include the USPF Muscle Beach Bench Press and Deadlift Championships, beginning at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $85 per lifter and $35 for additional divisions. The “Rumble in Venice” amateur boxing event, with bouts matching members of different military branches and students from USC and UCLA, is then scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m.

On Memorial Day Monday, May 25th, the annual Muscle Beach International Classic bodybuilding, figure, and bikini contests, will be open to all amateur athletes. The entry fee is $80.

In conjunction with this will be the “Battle of the Branches” Armed Forces Bodybuilding Championships, which is open to all active, reserve, National Guard, and retired armed forces personnel. The entry fee is $80. Prejudging for both competitions will be at 10 a.m., with the finals at 1 p.m.

Registration for all events except boxing, will begin at 7:30 a.m. and admission is free.

In addition to the competitions, the U.S Air Force band “Mobility” from Travis Air Force Base in Northern California will perform from 3 to 5 p.m. May 23rd. The sextet plays rock, jazz, and blues favorites.

Chet Yorton, Mr. America and Mr. Universe 1966 will be inducted into the Muscle Beach Venice Bodybuilding Hall of Fame as part of the May 25th festivities, which will begin at 1 p.m. and include a March Air Reserve Base C-17 flyover and swearing in of recruits.

Representatives of military branches will have recruitment booths and static displays, and vendors from the health and fitness industry will be on hand with information all three days.

For more information about holiday weekend events or the recreation center, (310) 399-2775.

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