Rescue Randy Manikin Making Appearance At 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games

Just when we thought we’d seen it all, Dave Castro threw yet another curveball at us for the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games. This year, Castro’s hints and announcements have been anything short of exciting, and his latest event reveal may be the best one yet. Castro’s latest announcement answers the question about this year’s obstacle course and will serve as the first workout for individual athletes on Friday.

Why could this announcement be argued to be the best yet? Well, the work out is something brand new to the Reebok CrossFit Games and features a Rescue Randy Manikin, which is a piece of equipment that few athletes have probably prepared for. The workout is titled “The Battleground” and we’ve included its details below.

2018 Reebok CrossFit Games Event: The Battleground

  • Rescue Randy drag
  • 2 Rope Climbs
  • Obstacle-course run
  • 2 Rope Climbs
  • Rescue Randy drag

Men wear 20-lb. vest
Women wear 14-lb. vest

In respects to Mr. “Rescue Randy”, there’s still no word on how much he’ll weigh for the men and women athletes. If you look around online, then you’ll notice that a normal Large Rescue Randy Manikin comes in around 165 lbs, but his weight varies between 45-250 lbs, so we’re interested to see what weight the athletes will use.

On July 25th, Castro shared the first hint regarding this year’s Obstacle Course and wrote that it would be different from previous years and tagged the Marine Corps. And now we finally know why it’s different, as “Rescue Randy” has officially punched his ticket to attend the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games — Congrats, Randy!

Want to see exactly what the event looks like? Check out the event testing video below!

2018 Reebok CrossFit Games Events & Hints

As always, for those who’ve fallen a bit behind on the current Reebok CrossFit Games event announcement and hint reveals, we’ve embedded all of the the relevant articles with their dates of posting to catch you up below!

Feature image from @thedavecastro Instagram page. 


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