CrossFit Inc. today announced four additional CrossFit-sanctioned events: the CrossFit French Throwdown, CrossFit Fittest in Cape Town, Brazil CrossFit Championship and Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge. Each event will take place within the first half of 2019.
Along with the recently announced Dubai CrossFit Championship and the Granite Games, these four newly sanctioned CrossFit events will earn their top male, female and team finishers with qualifying spots at the 2019 CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin.
CrossFit Fittest in Cape Town is an annual competition originally designed to find the fittest athletes in South Africa. Today, the event attracts athletes from across the African continent and has become a testing ground for athletes and teams prior to the Games. After an online qualifier, the final competition will be a three-day event in Cape Town in February 2019. Instagram • Twitter • Facebook
The Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge was established in 2012 to fill a perceived void in the competition calendar between the CrossFit Open and CrossFit Regionals. The event has grown to include over 800 athletes from more than 75 affiliates competing in divisions designed for all skill levels. The Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge will be held over two days in April of 2019. Instagram • Twitter • Facebook
For seven years, the CrossFit French Throwdown has operated as a community-based event aimed at uniting and celebrating the growth of CrossFit affiliates throughout France, which is currently home to nearly 500 CrossFit affiliates. The Throwdown's online qualifiers will be in April, and the final three-day event will take place in Paris in June 2019. Instagram • YouTube • Facebook
Brazil CrossFit Championship - (new) is the first CrossFit-sanctioned competition in South America (a second sanctioned event in South America will be announced in the coming weeks). Brazil is home to over 1,100 CrossFit affiliates, the largest number in any country in the world outside of the United States. The competition will take place in São Paulo in May 2019. Instagram
As previously announced, CrossFit-sanctioned competitions provide top men, women and team finishers with a direct path to the CrossFit Games. Going forward, teams are no longer required to share an affiliate or geographical location to qualify for the CrossFit Games team competition. CrossFit-sanctioned events are the only pathway for teams to compete in the CrossFit Games.
With the announcement of these four newly sanctioned events, CrossFit Inc. has announced a total of six sanctioned events on five continents, all operated by members of the CrossFit community. Each event will continue to be independently run and feature its own distinctive culture, schedule and workout programming. This development of the CrossFit Games season reflects the enormous growth of CrossFit affiliates around the world.
The CrossFit Games will return once more to Madison, Wisconsin, in the late summer of 2019. Participants in the individual Games competition will consist of: (1) national champions as determined by the CrossFit Open; (2) first-place, sanctioned-event winners; (3) the top 20 overall finishers in the CrossFit Open; (4) and four at-large athletes selected by CrossFit Inc.
CrossFit will continue to announce additional sanctioned events in the coming weeks. All changes to the CrossFit Games season will be codified and published in the official CrossFit Games Rulebook prior to the 2019 Open.
Cover photo: Courtesy of Pete Williamson and the CrossFit French Throwdown