WOD 1: Run Complete

July 11, 2009 10:34 AM

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The first event of the 2009 CrossFit Games is complete.

As expected, Chris Spealler from CrossFit Park City came down the hill in a dust cloud, signature headphones cranking tunes. Spealler had a significant lead but was being stalked by Finnish firefighter Mikko Salo.

Down the home stretch Salo and Spealler were neck and neck, with the Finn holding a slight lead. When the two entered the Stadium in a sprint to the finish, it was Speal in front, adding yet another impressive performance to a list that goes back to the 2007 Games. His time: 37:43.2, 1.4 seconds in front of Salo.

"I think it's going to be interesting how that pans out," Spealler said when asked about the run before the event. "You just never know. There's a lot of fast guys. You've got to do your own race."

His strategy: "Keep it mellow."

The plan clearly worked for the Utah resident.

Russell Berger finished third, followed by Blair Morrison and David Millar. Shortly after, James (OPT) FitzGerald crossed in sixth, with his brother Michael in hot pursuit. Only 43 seconds separated the two.

Sarah Dunsmore won the women's event in 41:44.3. Lauren Erwin was second at 43:03.7, and Carey Kepler was third. Kristan Clever and Breanne Feudale rounded out the top 5.

Last year's female champion, Caity Matter, finished 63rd, while Jason Khalipa was 72nd.

"There's so much built up nervousness and excitement before the start that to just get out of the way, I feel like the competition starts now," OPT said.

When asked if The Hill was as steep as he thought it would be, OPT--who was covered in dirt and grass--was blunt: "It's worse."

"The back hill was a line of about probably 60 people crawling on all fours and tripping all over each other," said John Matzner of Potomac CrossFit. "It's a scramble up the hill because your legs are so trashed. You're trying to bear crawl up it and move your butt higher till your hamstrings went, then move your butt lower till your quads went, and just alternate."

Josh Everett's goal was to finish in the top 25, but he finished slightly beyond that, at 30.

"The hills were brutal," he said. "I walked the majority of the hills. I completely stopped at least five or six times."

When asked how his legs felt for the upcoming deadlift event, Everett said "horrible," noting that his quads were fried. "It's going to be a lot of straight-leg deadlifts."

The first WOD has several casualties. Joy Nguyen of CrossFit Vancouver was carried off the trail with an ankle injury, and the most emotional finish went to Valerie Mackenzie.

The Marina Del Rey resident entered the Stadium bleeding from her head and covered in dirt. About 10 feet from the finish she collapsed. The medical staff jumped to work and attempted to pick her up, but she brushed them off, staggered forward and fell to her knees again before standing up, crossing the line and collapsing.

Reports from the medical staff indicate that numerous athletes have come in contact with poison oak in the back country of Aromas.

As of press time, the athletes are gearing up and preparing for WOD 2, where they will perform one deadlift every 30 seconds as the weight increases by 10 pounds on each lift.

76 comments on this entry.

1. Alfie wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:41 AM

Go Speal go! Great job man. Congrats.

2. adrock wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:43 AM

What a pounding. World's Fittest now includes working against nature's poisonous plants. Those organizers think of new stuff non-stop.

3. Ben wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:44 AM

God, I wish I was there.

4. Naomi wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:44 AM

Yeah, Sarah! Kill it!

5. Rene Forestier wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:46 AM

Congrats so far, Speal!

I hope Joy is good 2 go for the rest of it.

Well done, OPT...leaving room for improvement! :)

6. Grant Scalf wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:47 AM

Amazing job, Speal!

7. Shane Rugby wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:48 AM

Great write-up, thanks - keep it coming. On the edge of my seat here!

8. Daniel wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:50 AM

9. Mexican Thor wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:50 AM

I can't even imagine what it's like to be there if I'm getting goose bumps just thinking about it.

I'm fantasizing that my skinny as* cross country body could have kicked some royal butt on the run ... but then I crack up knowing that the starting weight for the upcoming men's deadlifts (315#) is just under my max. Hahaha ...

These games are Spealler's to lose.

Good luck to all.

10. Dean replied to comment from Shane Rugby...

July 11, 2009 10:51 AM

Shane im with you man. I have about 6 different twitter pages that i am constantly refreshing for info. Someone say addiction?

11. Lauver wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:51 AM

This is why I love CrossFit. Couldn't make it this year. Marine Corps kinda has control over that. Ill be out there next year tho. Good luck to all the competitors out there today.

12. Matt wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:52 AM

Khalipa finished all 20 deads in ten minutes. Two girls have gotten to 355. Matt chan got his new pr at 485 on deads. More coming soon as i get a text

13. Ross Naughton wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:52 AM

Please let us know, when possible, whether Valerie Mackenzie is OK.

14. Kieran wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:54 AM

Relayed from Twitter:

#crossfitgames deadlift so far... spencer hendel, jordan holland, graham holmberg deadlifted 505lbs

15. JO wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:55 AM

Apparently Pat got 415 on the deads. I believe that's his PR.

Chan PR'd too. If some girls are hitting 350ish that sounds like a PR as well.

Very interesting that there are some PR's in this event, taking into account the run and having lifted a shit load before getting close to your 1RM...

16. Matt wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:56 AM

Josh Everett just finished all deads

17. JO wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:56 AM

Everett max'd out deads.

18. Katie G wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:56 AM

Told you to watch out for Russell Berger... coming in third - way to go!

19. Kieran replied to comment from JO...

July 11, 2009 10:56 AM

Good point. The medical people are working wonders. Is KStar working with them?

20. Kieran wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:58 AM

Relayed from Twitter:

#crossfitgames female deadlift so far: jenny olson 385lbs, lauren plumey 315, katie hogan 315

2 minutes ago from TweetDeck

21. Jeff wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:58 AM

I just got a text saying "a bunch have pulled 505. Orlando with ease. Everett just got it."

22. Beatrice wrote...

July 11, 2009 10:59 AM

You Rock Sara!!! We love you.

23. Richard wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:00 AM

Hey guys does anyone know how Everett did on the run?

24. Jeff wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:00 AM

Gonna be very interesting to see what Mikko Salo does on the deads...

25. Kieran replied to comment from Jeff...

July 11, 2009 11:01 AM

Looks like CFHQ got blindsided by the strength/endurance of the athletes on the DL.

26. Dean replied to comment from Richard...

July 11, 2009 11:02 AM

I read he finished 30th.

27. J wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:02 AM

Everett finished 30th on run

28. Heather Lohmiller wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:02 AM


29. matt wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:02 AM

Mikko and Speal on deads now

30. ALEX wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:02 AM

Jami, you are absolutely right ...
I just had a mental lapse, Mikko will win or podium insurance, will not compete against him in the qualifiers next year (it will be sorted automatically): ((: p. ...

Increase my bet to top 5:
Mikko 1
2nd J. Everett
3rd Speal
4th OPT
5th may
Jeremy Thiel ...???

31. Jeff wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:02 AM

Gonna be very interesting to see what Mikko Salo does on the deads...

32. Richard wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:03 AM

Where is the listing of all the competitors and their positions?

33. matt wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:03 AM

Chris is out at 385

34. Matt wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:04 AM

Anyone know how Jeff Tincher and Maggie Dabe-Colby did?

35. Dean wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:04 AM

Did anyone see the video where Sevan asked Tony if he thought anyone was going to finish all the DLs? I bet Tony is stoked to see he was wrong. Those guys are beasting out there.

36. Kieran wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:04 AM

Speal fails at 385
OPT fails at 455
according to potomaccrossfit

37. Beth wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:05 AM

From CFC Twitter:
Jeremy completed all bars finished at 505 and Carey completed - 265... WOD # 2 done for Ccentral

38. Matt wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:05 AM

Opt was out of deads at 435,mikko still going

39. Rich wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:05 AM

there should have been more stations on the deads!

40. Jeff wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:06 AM

It's unbelievable that people are PRing after a mammoth run and so little rest!

41. InfidelSix wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:06 AM

The question everyone wants to know: What exactly IS Speal listening to in those headphones?

42. Jenn wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:06 AM

43. sandy mounsey wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:06 AM

Thank god I did not see your name .Moma is watching with papa bird.The run is over.yay.And y did not get lost or hurt have fun love us

44. JO wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:06 AM

45. Red wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:06 AM

Go Miko Salo.....excellent run, keep up the good work!! You could win this whole thing!!!

46. Kieran wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:06 AM

Jeremy Thiel completes 505
According to CrossFitCentral

47. Riley wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:07 AM

Speal's gonna have some ground to make up, failing at 385.

I wonder where Mikko Salo is at, I'm guessing he will be on top after these first 2 WODS

48. Matt wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:08 AM

Mikko finished at 495 failed at 505

49. Kieran replied to comment from InfidelSix...

July 11, 2009 11:09 AM

"Give the others a chance..."
"Give the others a chance..."
"Give the others a chance..."
"Give the others a chance..."

It didn't work on the run...

50. Shane Rugby replied to comment from Dean...

July 11, 2009 11:09 AM

I am shouting at my computer screen, willing Mikko on! ONNEA, MIKKO!!!

For those of you who want to see Mikko in action, check out http://www.vimeo.com/5046144 - Colm from Crossfit Ireland made a very cool video of Mikko at the European Qualifiers!

51. Mexican Thor wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:09 AM

This needs to be on ESPN.

Will not miss this next year unless my wife is giving birth.

52. Kieran replied to comment from Matt...

July 11, 2009 11:09 AM

Looks like Salo and Thiel as 1 and 2?

53. Ed wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:11 AM

On the DL video, the CFHQ folks were wondering if anyone would do all 20. They might have misjudged the difficulty of their event, if lots of athletes are reaching the max. Not good for 10 athletes to all tie for first on an event. Perhaps they should have gone heavier for the limit, or had a final station with unlimited weight?

54. Dave wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:11 AM

11 way tie for first in an event? I would guess they blew it...why not just keep going?

55. Mike S wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:12 AM

Do a twitter search on #crossfitgames it'll give you a feed of everyone reporting. Thanks guys for doing the updates.

56. Mike wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:12 AM

Final station should have been max reps at 405 or some weight. That would have been a sight.

57. JENunez wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:16 AM

having to refresh this page over and over for updates gets old really quick

58. WEB wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:18 AM


Deadlifts are next!

59. Dominic wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:29 AM

60. t replied to comment from JENunez...

July 11, 2009 11:31 AM

for supposedly being such a big deal the technology sucks!!

61. Mike wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:32 AM

Anyone know where Pat Burke finished on the DL?

62. shacks replied to comment from t...

July 11, 2009 11:33 AM

dude shut the fck up jesus

63. J wrote...

July 11, 2009 11:35 AM

top 5 men after 2 events (in order): jc nessa, peter egyed, jeremy thiel, mikko salo, david millar

top 5 women after 2 events (in order): tanya wagner, charity vale, kristan clevar, annie thorisdottir, cyndi frieling

64. Vitaly replied to comment from shacks...

July 11, 2009 11:37 AM

Dude I think it's a fair enough comment. Surely CFHQ could just post the tentative placements straight after every event while they're being processed?

65. Ryon replied to comment from shacks...

July 11, 2009 11:43 AM

If something is suboptimal there is 0% chance for change if there are no complaints. So far I've seen a jpeg of half of the mens' and womens' standings posted to twitpic. Not an impressive results communication methodology.

It is not a huge technological leap to post the ordered entries as they come in to a webpage somewhere where they can be copied/pasted to email and twitter.

As Jack Handey says: "How about it, science?"

66. Diane replied to comment from Richard...

July 11, 2009 11:48 AM

http://twitpic.com/a0crc listings of the mens and womens run times

67. Leon R replied to comment from Jeff...

July 11, 2009 11:52 AM

Mikko maxed out at 495.

68. Roland replied to comment from Ryon...

July 11, 2009 12:05 PM

I agree ....
They input the times into a computer anyway - no reason to have automatic updates straight onto a website widget or RSS feed or something else.
I hate iTunes .... busy installing for the CF Radio though.

69. Kristen wrote...

July 11, 2009 12:16 PM

Way to go Carey Kepler! Your family has been "watching"!

70. Erik 6'3" 210lbs wrote...

July 11, 2009 1:00 PM

I hear the Valarie is feeling slightly better after some medical supervision and very disappointed in not being able to continue in the competition.

71. james wrote...

July 11, 2009 1:34 PM

We love you Val!

72. John Cooper wrote...

July 11, 2009 2:10 PM

JOY you ROCK!!! I love your spirit!!!!
(Joy Nguyen of CrossFit Vancouver)
I hope your well FAST!!
Best of LUCK.
a Fan

73. Melissa wrote...

July 11, 2009 9:38 PM

Val is doing a-ok

74. Melissa wrote...

July 12, 2009 6:25 AM

Val is doing a-ok

75. Alex tW wrote...

July 12, 2009 7:53 AM

76. StevieV wrote...

July 13, 2009 10:23 PM

HI Ya'll,
I just got back from the games and I can say that the athletes put on one hell of a show! However if not for the staff, organizers, volunteers, sponsors and MEDICAL STAFF - this event would not have gone quite so smoothly. Thanks everyone.
Well my wife Valerie MacKenzie was in 6th place coming around the final corner of the trail run. Her gait looked real bad, her stride was long and wide and she basically looked pale and green. I yelled to her "it's ok to slow it down you have a 30 second lead over the next girl" and as she slowed and turned around she stumbled. She never truly got her feet under her again, she just sort of stumbled ahead. At this point I freaked out a little bit (just a little - understatement) as she has had heat exhaustion (not stroke) in the past (about 5 years ago) during an adventure race. Well I ran ahead with H20 ready to splash and saw her on the ground again. I pushed through the crowd jumped the fence and ran to her as she completed a 2nd or 3rd forward roll. She had just said "my legs aren't working" to one of the spectators or medical staff (not sure who told me that). And if you have seen the video you can see that that is fairly true. Next I saw the blood on her hand and head. People said she smacked her nugget coming up the final mini hill into the stadium area.
As I got to her 3 medical team members were trying to assist her. I got to her and put my arm across her chest and said to the medical staff "she's done". Well the finish line was about 15-20 feet further away and apparently Val had a different plan. She picked herself up and stumbled over the finish line (with a final tuck and roll). She was carried away by medical staff and we got ice under her arms and on her legs to start the cool down process. Her heart rate was up for about 40 minutes but blood pressure was fine 118/70's and holding.
To my surprise there was another athlete in the medical tent. Joy Nguyen was sitting on the floor with her ankle wrapped (she thought she had sprained it in the run). Well (in a tremendous amount of pain) she scoots over to Val on the cot and starts chattin' it up with her about what an inspiration to her Val has been. One of the coolest moments of the games for me watch (Just not sure if she thought Val was Tanya Wagner at this point). Well next thing I know Joy is essentially convulsing with pain and her eyes are rolling back in her head. The Doc on duty (sorry don't remember his name) starts re-tending to her and makes the decision to re-splint her ankle. Well during the re-splint she passed out from the pain (never screamed once!) she woke up took a little ambulance ride and had some x-rays taken. We saw her the next day and zero broken bones just a real nasty nasty sprain. JOY I HOPE YOU GET BETTER SOON- We need you at the games next year!

Well Val starts feeling better and over the next few hours we get her back on her feet and get some food in her. For Val the biggest part of this is emotional at this point. She is a super stud when it comes to WOD's and pushing herself. She has a scrape on her dome and a sprained right ankle (high ankle sprain involving the Talus/tib and fibula). All of the SoCal athletes and spectators wanted to see her give it a go but alas this time was not her time. We will keep on training and keep having FUN with CrossFit. The next few weeks are all about recovery as with a heat injury the brain can get affected. She was slurring her speech and reacting very slowly for about 40 minutes post getting onto the cot (a very scary time for both me and her family who were by her side in the medical tent).

THANK YOU TO ALL THE MEDICAL STAFF!who tended to Val and other athletes throughout the grueling weekend. Also thanks to all of the competitors, volunteers, organizers and spectators who gave Val some love this past weekend!