Announcing the 2010 CrossFit Games!

September 8, 2009 3:00 PM

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Games09AerialDLSouth.jpgThe 2010 CrossFit Games will take place at The Ranch in Aromas, CA on July 16 - 18, 2010.

Stay tuned for more details. This year, you will have to qualify for the Regionals by being a top performer at one of many smaller Sectional competitions. That is, unless you competed in the 2009 Games, in which case you are automatically qualified for the Regionals.

There are not quite as many regions, and most regions will not be sending quite as many competitors. Only 100 athletes will make it to the Individual competition in Aromas '10, fifty men and fifty women.

The events and scoring system for the 2010 Games will be kept a mystery until right before the competition. Only one thing is known: they will be different from any of the past CrossFit Games.

How do you prepare for a competition of an unknown nature? Easy! Specialize in not specializing. Overcome your weaknesses. Fortify your strengths. Get comfortable being uncomfortable. And, develop tremendous power across broad time and modal domains.

41 comments on this entry.

1. Adam Kayce wrote...

September 8, 2009 3:12 PM

Holy moly - if we thought the build up for this year's Games was awesome, the anticipation and momentum of the 2010 Games is going to be insanely off the charts!

Can't wait! It's on my calendar already.

2. kc wrote...

September 8, 2009 3:17 PM

That REALLY makes me want to go train, right now!

3. Bill D wrote...

September 8, 2009 3:36 PM

Im not sure I see the logic unless it is to make affiliate games larger and stronger. Thought with exponential expansion we might see a third day and 100 competitors. I guess no last chance this year w top5 and past champions take 6/50. Brutal.

4. PXT Cody wrote...

September 8, 2009 5:07 PM

Now I can start obsessing a year in advance....great

5. dan colson wrote...

September 8, 2009 5:14 PM

any info on team #'s at 2010?

6. Dach wrote...

September 8, 2009 5:24 PM

3,2,1, anticipate for 10 months, GO!

7. gaucoin wrote...

September 8, 2009 5:49 PM

8. Bill D wrote...

September 8, 2009 6:22 PM

Im not sure I see the logic unless it is to make affiliate games larger and stronger. Thought with exponential expansion we might see a third day and 100 competitors. I guess no last chance this year w top5 and past champions take 6/50. Brutal.

9. Kat wrote...

September 8, 2009 6:55 PM

So if I'm reading this right...
An athlete must compete at SECTIONALS and place in top 'x' to qualify to REGIONALS. They then must compete at REGIONALS and place in the top 'x' to qualify to GAMES.

If so, that will be an amazing journey! People will have to prove themselves twice rather than 'get lucky' one weekend.

Looks like athletes should start finding sponsors now so they can afford the additional travel expenses though.

I know that the Games are still in their infancy, but how many years of changing the procedure to qualify before something is found that we can keep the same?

Glad to see this information released so early so people can start planning. I'd like to see the dates, sections and regions announced ASAP as well to give everyone plenty of time to budget their money and time.

10. JENunez wrote...

September 8, 2009 9:22 PM

one request.... possible PPV or better and faster updates???

11. Ben wrote...

September 8, 2009 10:34 PM

That is awesome. Just like the Olympics, you should have to pass sectionals and regions to make the finals. Hell knock down to 25 of each, the best of the best only.

12. Herm wrote...

September 8, 2009 11:03 PM

Cool! I hope there's a little bit of time for me to heal the shoulders before the sectionals.

September 9, 2009 1:14 AM

Please - more info on Affiliate Cup in general and Selectional and Regional Competitions for Europeans?

14. Laura B wrote...

September 9, 2009 1:45 AM

So now you have to qualify, to try to qualify. This will make it even harder for military and LEOs. This will require a lot of time off and travel.

15. badnews wrote...

September 9, 2009 4:59 AM

Laura B,

Not necessarily! Steve Smith made it on the last chance qualifier while filming in Iraq I believe...This is an internet based community, they could easily have an "open" online sectional which qualifies you to go to a local regional. Never underestimate the creativity of HQ!

16. Amanda wrote...

September 9, 2009 5:50 AM

I always have faith in the HQ staff to take everything into consideration. As Crossfit continues to grow it will become more and more expensive for the athletes to compete but that also means competitors will also have chances to get sponsors as Crossfit grows. We just have to wait a bit longer for this to start happening.

Another thing I hope HQ has thought about is the mental capacity of this as well. I hope they are spacing out the Sectional, Regional, and Games far enough apart that the athletes are having time to get over the mental drain from each. For any of you that have not competed in something like this, you become mentally drained for weeks afterwards before you can get back into the swing of competing again. Next year, the Games are going to be even more mentally tough than this year. Crazy! I'm so excited already.

17. Webster Smith wrote...

September 9, 2009 7:06 AM

Awesome, Castro!

I hope that few people complain about the setup that HQ envisioned for this year. There are two types of folks, those that saw this and sighed and then those who saw this, smiled and got on their horse. I hope that my horse survives until the games, because i'm going to ride it into the ground. I love supporting Lindsey and all, but God-Willing, i'll be able to do it from the Competitor's garage.

Ladies and Gents, Let's work!

Webster Smith

18. Arlo wrote...

September 9, 2009 8:09 AM

Just filled out my time off request! I can't wait!

19. Big D-Town wrote...

September 9, 2009 9:55 AM

Legit post on you and Lindsey's site! I hope that y'all can compete together.

"The CrossFit Athlete's Prayer" on

20. ICEMAN Wa PoW wrote...

September 9, 2009 5:54 PM

I will be there :) CrossFit FTP Spokane Valley

21. mcsharry wrote...

September 9, 2009 7:06 PM

22. Brian wrote...

September 9, 2009 7:34 PM

when will we know the dates for sectionals/regionals?

23. CraigH wrote...

September 10, 2009 9:55 AM

Pumped! The growth is amazing to witness.

At 46 years old, I'm going to be training harder than ever to make it to the Regional event. I'll likely not make it and frankly, (at age 47) I shouldn't make it.

But, I consider it my job to help raise the bar of gpp, to help weed out weaker athletes, and force other athletes to elevate their performance to beat me and move on.

Thanks, HQ.

24. Kelsi wrote...

September 10, 2009 2:30 PM

Woot woot!!!!! How frickin' exciting!!!! :)
Crunch time staaaarts.. NOW! Hehe

25. tp wrote...

September 10, 2009 6:03 PM

can i put one Request in...! ?

That all WOD's for the regionals come from Crossfit HQ...!

if you are wanting the best of the best to compete at the games, its the only way that can happen.

We want a high standard of athletes at the games, HQ must set the standard, otherwise with so few spots available for the 2010 games, Affiliate's writing the WOD's for there areas regional may sway it slightly to aid the athlete they want to win...

(im not saying anyone cheats or is going to cheat. but it is easy to pick things you know your athletes are good at or do WOD's you like or your athletes do on a regular basis.)

We want Crossfit to become a World Game! Lets give it some credibility and a Standard!

26. Steve Liberati wrote...

September 10, 2009 8:07 PM

Yeah I would like to see the same workouts given across board for all the sectional and regional competitions. Only makes sense.

27. Butte wrote...

September 11, 2009 9:33 PM

I don't think it's possible to have all the regional feature a standard set of WODs. It's likely to be more based on availability of equipment/environment.

I'm sure an affiliate owner/trainer is into CrossFit to promote GPP first and foremost, not so much to promote their athletes. I'm heavily skeptical of the theory that host affiliates are going to cater to their own.

28. Ricardo wrote...

September 12, 2009 10:19 PM

I would like to know how the affiliate portion of the games will be handled.

29. Marc wrote...

September 14, 2009 9:48 AM

Does anyone know where and when the Qualifier will be for 2010, for someone living in S.C. ?

30. Pukenmike replied to comment from Butte...

September 15, 2009 12:19 PM

I agree. I like how each region had different wods. It most definitely made it fun to see the host use what they had for their surroundings, such as hill runs and so on. I beleive that the sectional/regional host should be able to pick their own wods, but I also believe they should be approved by CFHQ.

31. redsnook wrote...

September 15, 2009 4:45 PM

Any chance of drug testing the qualifiers from each section and region immediately after an event????

32. palerower wrote...

September 16, 2009 3:23 AM

Here's a question in regards to the "qualified for life" exception for past champions. Will those champions count toward the overall total of 50 competitors for each the men and the women? If so, that means that, as the years go on, there will be fewer and fewer people potential slots for people who are NOT past champions. (Theoretically, in 10 years, assuming that there are no repeat champions, there would only be 40 slots for non-previous champions if all previous champions competed.)

Additionally, there should be considerations for a region that is particularly strong any one year. It is possible, theoretically, for the top 5 (or ten, or fifteen) from a given region to be "better" than the top competitor from another region. Perhaps a small number of "at-large" bids could be possible, so that even if you didn't win your regional (or be in the top X, whatever the case is) to go on to the Games, you still might have a chance to go with an at-large bid. Just a thought.

33. adam wrote...

September 16, 2009 12:58 PM

Train hard, fight to win, no excuses.

34. Mark Miller wrote...

September 19, 2009 1:41 PM

Any thoughts on a masters division for the over 40 crowd?

35. Sara wrote...

September 24, 2009 3:39 PM

I have two questions regarding the 2010 games. But first, let me say that I am so grateful to HQ for providing a venue where various regions can become acquainted with athletes and affiliates from far away.

Are there going to be more Regions in Canada this year? I know that a number of very strong athletes did not even go to their regional try outs due to the sheer distance they had to travel to get there. I hope actual geographical mileage is considered while choosing the region/section boundaries.

Second question, is where to find out information/apply to volunteer at next years games?

36. Soul wrote...

September 30, 2009 10:59 PM

Is there an age limit for participants? Or guidelines with this info somewhere on the site? Thx.

37. Scott Radis wrote...

November 2, 2009 2:03 PM

when is the 40+ age division for the 2010 games going to be announced?!??!?!?!?!

38. Maz Glover replied to comment from CraigH...

November 9, 2009 7:19 AM

So glad to see you're not complaining about your age and still working it. Just started crossfit this year at the age of 43 and loving it. To have a 40+ division would be great as Scott states.

39. Bryan wrote...

November 23, 2009 9:53 PM

Crossfit is on the right track with qualifiers for qualifiers... however seems that the games is being set aside for only the elite of the elite. Good enough, only studs and studettes get the right to compete... if that is the Crossfit mission. However, consider how the Ironman triathlon works. You have to qualify to make it there (thousands and thousands try each year) and almost 2000 athletes in age groups get a chance to shine. And the PRO divisions go for the glory and the title. 2000 may be a bit much, but more cheeks in the seats, more exposure, more people striving for excellence. less elitism. 100 competitors is too small of an elite group. Yeah it would be a bit more of a nightmare to involve more competitors but if Kona could do it, why not Crossfit? Just something to consider.

40. Joshua Grimm wrote...

November 28, 2009 2:43 PM

When can I sign up???? I do not want to miss this year.

41. Terry wrote...

December 9, 2009 11:04 PM

40 is to young for Masters...needs to be 50+