Miami Fitness Festival Will Qualify Athletes to 2019 CrossFit Games
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- CrossFit, Inc. today announced that Wodapalooza, a global fitness festival and inclusive competition, is joining the roster as the 7th event to be sanctioned by CrossFit. In 2019, Wodapalooza's top male and female individual competitors, as well as the top four-person team, will qualify to the Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin. The much-anticipated announcement recognizes Wodapalooza's history as a popular, diverse, and community-driven festival. Wodapalooza is the latest community-based competition to join the growing ranks of newly-sanctioned CrossFit competitive events around the globe.
The Wodapalooza Fitness Festival takes place every January in Miami, Florida, and has become a popular destination for the CrossFit community. "Wodapalooza brings its distinctive character and culture to the CrossFit Games season," said CrossFit founder and Chairman Greg Glassman. "They figured out that Miami in winter – sun, bathing suits, balconies, and bright lights at night – is a world-class destination for showcasing the fittest and healthiest people on earth. It's a party."
Wodapalooza attracts tens of thousands of attendees from all over the world each year to participate in and watch their fellow athletes compete across 40 different competitive divisions, including the world's most elite. "This partnership represents a new chapter in our history, and we look forward to working with CrossFit to continue bringing our partners, spectators, and competing athletes an unforgettable event and competition in January," said Matt O'Keefe, President of Loud and Live Sports (a division of Loud and Live, Inc., owner of Wodapalooza).
The Wodapalooza CrossFit competition is open to all athletes and kicks off this week with their online challenge and qualifier. As with all CrossFit-sanctioned events in the 2019 Games season, should the top male or female athlete at Wodapalooza qualify for the CrossFit Games by other means, then the number two podium finisher will receive a Games invitation. Athletes can qualify for the 2019 CrossFit Games via four paths: (1) winning their country's national championship as determined by the worldwide CrossFit Open; (2) taking first-place at a CrossFit-sanctioned event; (3) placing within the top twenty finishers in the 2019 CrossFit Open; (4) or participating as one of four at-large athletes selected by CrossFit, Inc.
Wodapalooza is not only a fitness competition, but also a celebration of the CrossFit community's unique commitment to health and fitness. This year, thousands of participants and attendees from around the world will have the opportunity both to compete in a newly-sanctioned event and to experience, learn, and take part in a broad range of festival activities, including live music, workshops, seminars, and other educational and participatory events.
CrossFit, Inc. is the developer and provider of the CrossFit® Fitness Program and is the recognized worldwide leader in functional fitness. Founded by Greg Glassman and built on the foundations of constantly varied, high-intensity functional movements, education, and collaborative competition, CrossFit-brand workouts develop strength and fitness while cultivating community and camaraderie in each of the more than 15,000 affiliated gyms in CrossFit's global network. CrossFit, Inc. is the leading accredited certificate issuer for physical training professionals worldwide and offers specialty certificate programs in addition to its core curriculum. CrossFit, Inc. publishes the CrossFit Journal, promotes health and fitness through the CrossFit Foundation, and created and operates the CrossFit Games, an annual competition where elite athletes compete to be named the Fittest on Earth™.
The leading lifestyle fitness festival, Wodapalooza is a diverse athletic competition with the primary purpose of uniting the entire CrossFit community for a week-long celebration of Fitness, Community, and Life! Wodapalooza features a world-class event and competition, including multiple unique stages, bright lights, live music, thought-leadership, seminars, workshops, all deeply rooted in the origin of what CrossFit is about: community.
A division of Loud and Live Inc., Loud and Live Sports performs at the intersection of athlete representation, marketing services, live events, and content development. In addition to owning and producing the Wodapalooza Fitness Festival, Loud and Live Sports represents a diverse group of elite CrossFit athletes. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, our success is driven by our passion to create engaging and technology-embedded experiences for global audiences.