SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- CrossFit, Inc. today announced four additional CrossFit sanctioned events: the CrossFit French Throwdown, the CrossFit Fittest in Cape Town, the Brazil CrossFit Championship, and the 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 qualify their top male, female, and team finishers to the 2019 CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin.
The 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 season. After an online qualifier, the final competition will be a three-day event in Cape Town in February 2019.
The Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge was established in 2012 to fill a 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.
The Brazil CrossFit Championship is the first CrossFit sanctioned competition in South America (a second South American sanctioned event will be announced in the coming weeks). The Brazil CrossFit Championship will take place in São Paulo in May 2019. Brazil is home to the largest number of CrossFit affiliates in the world outside of the United States, over 1,100.
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, 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.
As previously announced, CrossFit-sanctioned competitions provide top men, women, and team finishers with a direct pathway 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 will 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 twenty 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 rule book prior to the 2019 Open.