Here’s the First Announced Event of the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games

Director of the CrossFit Games Dave Castro has taken to Instagram to announce the very first event of the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games.

Using what appears to be his favorite announcing method of scrawling on a notepad — the same way he announced all the CrossFit Open and Regionals events this year — Castro, with plenty of pauses for dramatic effect, unveiled his masterpiece line by line:

2017 Reebok CrossFit Games

First announced event

All divisions




We’ll admit it: after CrossFit announced the release of the CrossFit Bike earlier this year, we half-expected “Run Swim” to be followed by “Bike.” But it looks like this event is going to be nothing but all-natural locomotion, and it’s actually a little similar to what’s called an “aquathon,” the difference being that aquathons just have two legs: swimming followed by running.

There are, of course, a lot of unanswered questions, here. Not just the obvious question of how far the athletes will be running and swimming, but will there be just one round of running, swimming, and running? Is there a chance all divisions, every competitor, will be running and swimming at the same time? Where will it take place?

Actually, we might have an idea for that last one. The 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games are taking place in Madison, Wisconsin, which is actually a narrow strip of land between two lakes: Lake Monona and the larger Lake Mendota. Monona is usually where the swimming legs of local triathlons and Iron Mans take place, but hey, anything could happen come race day.

It’s also worth pointing out that this may not be the first event you see on Day 1 of the Reebok CrossFit Games, it’s just the first announced event. It’s what Castro decided to release to give us the first taste of this year’s Games, and hey, would you look at that: no barbells.

The 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games kick off on Thursday, August 3rd.

Featured image via @thedavecastro on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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