After the Open, the fittest men, women and teams will move on to the second phase of competition—Regionals.
Over the course of three days, athletes will perform brutal events to test the range and depth of their capabilities. For the fourth year in a row, the events will be the same across all regions. Everyone around the world will be able to compare their favorite newcomers with Games vets, workout for workout, second for second, pound for pound. For fans of the sport, this is another opportunity to speculate what the future holds at the Games.
Besides the stiff competition, Regionals are a lively spectator experience. Each year, fans come in droves and cross borders to support their favorite athletes, family members and friends. The same crowds, who settled into the dirt hillside of the Ranch with a beer and a love for CrossFit, enjoy the Aromas-like competition at Regionals.
With the tremendous growth of CrossFit around the world, the competition gets tougher each year, with phenomenal athletes coming out of the woodwork and veteran competitors honing their skills one step further. The regional competitions have become as tough as the way the Games used to be in the early days in Aromas.
The athletes and fans know it’s no small feat to make it anywhere close to the regional podium. The fans come to see their athletes, “marred by dust and sweat and blood,” striving valiantly for their best. The athletes come to prove their fitness on a higher level of competition, with the dream of qualifying for the Games in the back of everyone's mind.