Yesterday, Dave Castro posted on Instagram from EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida, and the CrossFit community exploded: “It’s the new home of The CrossFit Games! We’re all going to Jacksonville!”
While it would have been a fittingly Castro-style announcement for the Games’ new home, we cautioned against jumping to conclusions and hypothesized it may have simply been the first stop on a longer city scouting tour.
Now, it seems Castro’s recent post — this time from Chattanooga, Tennessee — suggests just that. The CrossFit Games Director and his team are still actively exploring options for the 2017 Games and beyond.
We already knew Jacksonville was courting the Games pretty heavily — residents were using the hashtag #CROSSFITtoJAX in promotional efforts and to get CrossFit’s attention — but there have been rumors of numerous other bids coming in from around the country. Chattanooga — located close to the border of Tennessee and Georgia, a couple hours’ drive from both Nashville and Atlanta — may be a city fewer are familiar with. But the city does boast plenty of outdoor space, hundreds of miles of outdoor and mountain trails, a few large athletic venues thanks to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and easy access to the Tennessee River.
Chattanooga is also home to some of North America’s most notable cave systems, so that opens up the option of making spelunking a new Games event. (Just kidding, sort of.)
No word on where Castro and crew are headed next — or how/when he’ll officially announce the new location.
Featured image: Dave Castro on Instagram (@thedavecastro)