With the simple caption of “Meanwhile in Madison…” Dave Castro has revealed the first images of the obstacle course that we can expect to see at the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games. Note that this is a slideshow, so you need to click on the arrow on the right to see both pictures.
Veteran fans of the sport will remember that the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games featured a military-style obstacle course. Part of that year’s Games took place at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, and the Fittest Man and Woman from that year, Rich Froning and Annie Thorisdottir, both came in third place when they ran the course. This year, they’re returning to tackle CrossFit’s own version.
You can watch the male athletes running the 2012 course in the YouTube video below — it took them less than a minute.
And here you can see the women tackling the event.
As you can see, a couple of the obstacles (ropes and pull-ups) were skipped over. This may be because military obstacle courses are typically run in gear and boots, which makes those exercises significantly more difficult, but it could also be because there was plenty of rope climbing and pull-ups in the rest of the Games’ events.
(Love obstacle racing? Think about what it would be like with your partner hanging from your back, and you’ve got the crazy sport of Wife-Carrying!)
This is the first year that CrossFit is designing their own course from scratch, which is an exciting development.
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In 2012 we had the individual athletes compete on the Marine Corps obstacle course on Camp Pendleton. @spencer_hendel won the male division and @richfroning took third. @anniethorisdottir took third in female division. @cspealler was 11th and @nealmaddox 10th This year, see these athletes, and more, compete on our custom designed obstacle course we are building in Madison for the 2017 @crossfitgames #crossfitgames
Judging from the pictures Castro posted, there will most likely be a rope climb portion — it looks like that’s the structure to the right of the first picture — so this time there’s a chance the athletes will be doing some climbing. It seems to be a more military-style and less Spartan-race style, which involves a more diverse range of obstacles that can include rock climbing, weight carrying, and a lot of mud.
The brand new obstacle course is yet another sign that the Reebok CrossFit Games is focusing on further expanding athletes’ understanding of “fitness,” Of course, the Games have always featured running and swimming, but the biking, obstacle course, and significant shift toward dumbbell and other non-barbell movements seems to signify that fitness is getting an even broader definition. We’re all for it.
Featured image via @thedavecastro on Instagram.