How Much Money Is On the Line At the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games?

We’re about three weeks out from the start of the 2018 Reebok CrossFit games, and the hype behind top athletes continues. Roughly a week ago, we wrote an article covering the decision to continue keeping the Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin through the year 2021.

Then if you recall back to January, the rulebook for 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games season was released and featured this year’s prize money for top place finishers. From 2017 to 2018, the total prizes increased by $200,000 USD, which brings the total purse for this year up to $2.6 million.

In 2016, CrossFit announced they had $2.2 million USD (First Place Wins: $275,000) in total prize money, and at the time committed to continually upping the total prize amount by $200,000 USD for each year following. Doing some quick math, this would bring the prize money at the Reebok CrossFit Games to $3 million USD by 2020.

We wanted to share this year’s prizes for top place finishers and teams.

Editor’s Note: The information below comes from the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games season rulebook. 

Top Overall Finish – Individual Athletes:

  • First Place: $300,000
  • Second Place: $100,000
  • Third Place: $75,000
  • Fourth Place: $50,000
  • Fifth Through Eighth Place: $35,000, $30,000, $27,000 and $25,000, respectively
  • Ninth Through 20th Place: $23,000, $21,000, $18,000, $16,000, $14,000, $13,000, $12,000, $11,000, $10,000, $9,000, $8,000 and $7,000, respectively

Top Finish by Event (Individuals)

  • First Place: $3,000
  • Second Place: $2,000
  • Third Place: $1,000

Top Overall Finish – Masters Athletes 35-39 Division

  • First Place: $25,000
  • Second Place: $10,000
  • Third Place: $5,000

Top Overall Finish – Masters Athletes (40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+ age)

  • First Place: $10,000
  • Second Place: $5,000
  • Third Place: $3,000

Top Overall Finish (Teams/Prizes Per Team)

  • First Place: $100,000
  • Second Place: $60,000
  • Third Place: $30,000
  • Fourth Place: $20,000
  • Fifth Place: $15,000

Outside of the increased prize money for this year’s Reebok CrossFit Games, one athlete is coming extremely close to becoming the highest all-time earning athlete the sport has seen. And that’s none other that Mat Fraser, who’s roughly $240,000 USD off of topping his predecessor’s (Rich Froning) $1 million+ winnings.

Could Fraser surpass Froning’s all-time earnings? We’ll be tuning in soon enough to find out!

Feature image from @mathewfras Instagram page taken by Rogue Fitness. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

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