The fittest men, women and teams advance to regionals.
The best of the best from each region in the Open will be invited to compete in the regional competitions in May.
The number of athletes invited from each region varies:
- 20 men, 20 women and 15 teams will advance from regions in the U.S. and Canada.
- 30 men, 30 women and 20 teams will advance from Europe and Australia.
- 10 men, 10 women and 10 teams will advance from Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
The 17 regions feed into eight regional competitions, which means that athletes compete with others from one or two other regions.
The 2016 Regionals will be held over three weekends in May. Each regional will take place over three days, with events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Weekend 1: May 13-15
NorCal + SoCal
Del Mar, Calif.
Del Mar Arena
LatAm + South Central + South West
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Australia + Asia
WIN Sports & Entertainment Centre
Weekend 2: May 20 - 22
North West + Canada West
Mid Atlantic + South East
Georgia World Congress Center
Weekend 3: May 27 - 29
Central East + North Central
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Europe + Africa
North East + Canada East
Albany, New York
Times Union Center
The top five men, five women and five teams from each regional will advance to the CrossFit Games.
The entirety of the regionals will be streamed online to Games.CrossFit.com where fans can watch for free. Tickets will go on sale on the last day of the 2016 Open. Turn in your 16.5 score, and get a ticket on Monday, March 28.
Regional athletes represent the top 1%. In fact, they're the top fraction of a percent. In 2015, the top 0.303% of men and 0.215% of women in the Open were invited to the regionals.
The athletes who make it to the second stage of the Games season are incredible. They have phenomenal benchmark stats, and scores on the Open workouts.
Learn more about last year's cohort of regional qualifiers in Mike Macpherson's Evolution of the Regional Athlete.
See all past regional events.