Registration is under way for the 2008 Muscle Beach Venice Bench Press and Dead Lift Championships, scheduled Saturday, June 14th, at the Venice Beach Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice.

Men and women will compete separately in four divisions with multiple age categories ñ open, master (ages 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and older) and junior (ages 13-15, 16-18 and 19-23).

The competition includes more than 20 weight classifications, starting at 97 pounds for women and 114 pounds for men, and increasing to 198 pounds-plus and 308 pounds-plus, respectively.

The top three lifters in each weight class and the best overall lifter in each division will receive awards, as will the first- and second-place teams.

The registration fee is $60 per lifter and the deadline for entries to be postmarked is Saturday, May 31st. After that date the fee is $80 (cash only on event day).

For those who are eligible to compete in more than one division, there is an additional $30 fee per division. Groups of lifters who want to compete as a team can do so for an additional $50 for the group.

The event is sanctioned by the United States Powerlifting Federation and all participants must have a valid federation card. Memberships can be purchased on event day for $30 per lifter ($15 for those still in high school). Spectators are welcome and admission is free.

For information or to

register for the competition, (310) 399-2775, or www.muscle