The CrossFit Games are the ultimate proving grounds for the fittest athletes on the face of the planet. Every summer since 2007, CrossFit fans from all over have converged to watch this intense, exciting, multi-day competition designed to push the most elite CrossFit athletes to their limit.
In a sans COVID world, this is the week everyone would be gearing up for the 2020 Reebox CrossFit Games, originally scheduled to kickoff THIS Wednesday, July 29 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. However, like so many other events right now, the Games have been postponed and revamped to accommodate new rules and restrictions that are currently in place to help curve the spread of COVID.
In an effort to limit the number of bodies at the Games, CrossFit headquarters made the decision to not only suspend on-site spectating at the event (as expected), but also canceled the team competition for this year. They still intend to host a live, elite individual competition, however it will look quite a bit different from recent years.
Instead of having over 250 total individual athletes compete at the Games, as was originally planed, the field will be reduced to a maximum of 60 athletes—30 men and 30 women. Unfortunately, athletes who had qualified but were then cut when the size of the field was reduced, will be required to re-qualify to compete the 2021 CrossFit Games. Details on how the field of athletes has been reduced can be found in this article, Invites to Reset for 2020 Games, found on the CrossFit website.
Another major change for the 2020 Reebox CrossFit Games, is the event will be relocated to the Ranch in Aromans, California—the original home of the CrossFit Games. Although a much smaller venue than the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, the Ranch offers a sense of nostalgia, which many view as a silver lining. The Ranch is a reminder of the sport’s roots, something many CrossFit fans find encouraging and uplifting, especially now, amidst a difficult time in our world.
The 2020 Games has already been postponed twice, due to travel restrictions limiting athletes ability to get to California for the competition. As of now, the event is on the calendar for September 14-20. However, as stated by CrossFit many times, they are actively monitoring events globally and will continue to adapt plans for the Games in an effort to host and exciting event for the community.
Fingers crossed everything comes together and we can all tune into the first event of the 2020 Reebox CrossFit Games on September 14! Because who doesn’t like to plop down on the couch with a drink and watch the fittest athletes on the earth accomplish things no-one believed was ever possible?