There have been a lot of changes announced for the 2019 CrossFit Games. As of right now, we know a fair amount of what to expect for the 2019 CrossFit Games season, but there’s also key information missing such as the final rulebook release and a final official schedule.
And while the official schedule hasn’t been released with exact dates for every event yet, a good amount of information has. This article will piece together what we know as of right now to provide an idea of what to expect for the 2019 CrossFit Games season schedule for both athletes, fans, and spectators.
If you’re late to the party and want to read the current details on the 2019 CrossFit Games changes, scroll down to the bottom of this piece and we’ll bring you up to speed, and link relevant articles worth your attention.
2019 CrossFit Open
Similar to previous years, the 2019 CrossFit Open will begin around the same time as 2018’s Open (late February-March), and this year the first workout is being released on Thursday, February 21st, at 5 p.m. (PST). Athletes will then have until the following Wednesday, February 27th, at 5 p.m. (PST) to have their score validated.
Online registration for the 2019 CrossFit Open begins on January 10th.
Check out all the 2019 CrossFit Open workout announcement dates and score validation cutoffs below!
|Workout Announcement||Workout Submission Cutoff|
|Week 1: February 21st at 5 p.m. PST||Week 1: February 25th at 5 p.m. PST|
|Week 2: February 28th at 5 p.m. PST||Week 2: March 4, at 5:00 p.m. PST|
|Week 3: March 7th at 5 p.m. PST||Week 3: March 11, at 5:00 p.m. PST|
|Week 4: March 14th at 5 p.m. PST||Week 4: March 18, at 5:00 p.m. PST|
|Week 5: March 21st at 5 p.m. PST||Week 5: March 25, at 5:00 p.m. PST|
2019 CrossFit Games Sanctioned Event Schedule
For the 2019 CrossFit Games season, there will be 15 events taking place that are being called Sanctionals. These are sanctioned CrossFit competitions that are taking place in multiple countries across the globe. In the 2019 CrossFit Games Rulebook, CrossFit, Inc. states that the Santional events are not connected to the CrossFit Games, although, the male, female, and teams that win the elite division will receive an invite to the Games.
In the Rulebook CrossFit, Inc. writes, “Sanctionals are not part of the CrossFit Games season, but winners from the Sanctionals (from the elite or Rx’d division equivalents) will earn an invitation to compete at the Games. Each Sanctionals competition will send one man, one woman and one team* to the Games.”
It’s also worth noting that athletes who receive a CrossFit Games invitation from a Sanctional event win do not necessarily need to compete in the Open to make it to the Games. Additionally, athletes that place high enough in the Open to receive a bid to the Games, and athletes who are deemed National Champion for their country, will receive no additional benefit (in respects to the Games seeding directly) with a win at a Sanctional event.
In the Rulebook CrossFit, Inc. writes,“Should the winner of a Sanctionals competition qualify for or receive an invitation to the Games by another means, the second-place athlete/ team from that Sanctionals competition will receive the invitation to compete at the Games. This backfill process will continue if the second-place athlete/team has already qualified, received an invitation, and so on.”
2019 CrossFit Games — Sanctioned Events
Below, we’ve provided a schedule of the sanctioned events that have will be taking place over the course of the 2019 CrossFit Games season.
1. Dubai Championships — December 2018
2. Wodapalooza – January 2019
3. Australian CrossFit Championship — January 2019
4. CrossFit Fittest In Capetown — February 2019
5. CrossFit Strength In Depth — February 2019
6. CrossFit French Throwdown — April 2019
7. Asian CrossFit Championship — April 2019
8. Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge — April 2019
9. The CrossFit Italian Showdown — April 2019
10. Brazil CrossFit Championship — May 2019
11. The CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown — May 2019
12. Downunder CrossFit Championship — May 2019
13. Reykjavik CrossFit Championship — May 2019
14. CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown — May 2019
15. Granite Games — June 2019
*2020 CrossFit Games Qualifiers
Pandaland CrossFit Championship — December 2019
The SouthFit CrossFit Challenge — November 2020
2019 CrossFit Games
From the current change reports, the CrossFit Games will still take place in August in Madison, Wisconsin. Remember, back in June of 2018 CrossFit HQ signed a contract to stay in Madison, Wisconsin until 2021.
As of right now, the dates for the 2019 CrossFit Games appear to be July 31st — August 4th. And while this hasn’t been publicly announced by CrossFit, Inc., these dates reflect the CrossFit Games event shared on the Allegiant Energy Center’s website.
Feature image from @crossfitgames Instagram page, photo by @alicia_a_baldwin.