Masters CrossFit Regional Competitions: Unquenched desires

A petition is underway to impel CrossFit HQ to include Masters level Athletes in CrossFit Regionals Competitions.  At the moment of this writing there were over 2500 signatures.  I can understand HQ’s reluctance.  Big events are expensive and time consuming.  And there is a possibility (just a possibility) that Masters Athletes are not as exciting to watch as younger athletes.  Fewer endorsements.  Fewer admirers . . . hard to say.  In any case, here is what the petition looks like:
“To:
CrossFit Games, CrossFit Games HQ
With only 20 athletes in the various masters’ categories selected for the CrossFit Games, offering regional competitions would aid the vetting process, increase excitement and foster participation by athletes in the masters’ divisions. Also, regional competition will help increase networking and community building among regional affiliates. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your name]”

You can sign this by clicking here.

Regional Crossfit Games Competitions

There are alternatives.  There are a number of other outfits organizing masters Crossfit competitions.  An interesting points were recently put forth by Ray Garcia of Shoreline CrossFit:

  • First, people want to be acknowledged.
  • Second, they seem to want to be acknowledged within the CrossFit community.
  • Third, there are a lot of “masters” but we need to be segmented by age because clearly the biological evidence is we degrade with age.
  • Fourth, Crossfit proclaims meritocracy … survival of the “fittest” literally. So, how about a privately organized competition by region playing off the already existing larger masters competitions. For example, TJ’s runs a masters event on the west coast games style and so do Shoreline and CFNE. There are other large scale masters events. So, how about if those events feed “Winners” to a few centralized events, and to an eventual “National competition” and age bracket winners.

 

Having sent a young athlete to a CrossFit Regionals Competition and having served as a volunteer behind the scenes I can attest to the excitement and fun of Regional CrossFit games.  I hope CrossFit HQ will include Masters in Regionals CrossFit competitions.  Its probably a matter of time.  Oh.  And Money.  Let’s not forget that either.

 

 

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