Tia-Clair Toomey, Patrick Vellner Win Wodapalooza and Earn Invites to 2019 CrossFit Games

In the second competition under the new qualification system for the CrossFit Games, familiar faces once again punched their tickets back to Madison. Two-time defending CrossFit Games Champion Tia-Clair Toomey and multi-time podium finisher Patrick Vellner walked away Wodapalooza champions. The stacked ROMWOD/WIT team — featuring a full four individual CrossFit Games veterans — held fast to come away with the overall victory for the Elite teams.

Before it became an officially-sanctioned competition, Miami’s Wodapalooza was already one of the fitness world’s premiere destinations for functional fitness competition, big cash prizes, informational seminars, and product promotion. With CrossFit Games invites on the line for the first time ever, Wodapalooza 2019 carried even more gravitas than normal.

Wodapalooza has long been famous for offering competitions for a variety of fitness levels and abilities, including Youth, Masters, Scaled, and Adaptive divisions.

But this year, more eyes than ever were on the Elite divisions. This was the second of CrossFit’s new Sanctional qualifiers, the first being last month’s Dubai CrossFit Championships. Though CrossFit has clarified that athletes have a variety of paths to qualification — including National Champion invites and at-large bids — winning a Sanctional competition is the most direct means of securing a spot at this summer’s CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin. And some of the sport’s biggest names came to Miami with that singular goal in mind.

After three days of competition in the Elite divisions, the 2019 Wodapalooza podium finishers and their points totals are listed below. Individuals and teams securing spots at the 2019 CrossFit Games are highlighted in bold.

Elite Women:

1. Tia-Clair Toomey (676)
2. Kari Pearce (586)
3. Sara Sigmundsdottir (564)

Elite Men:

1. Patrick Vellner (642)
2. Travis Mayer (518)
3. Noah Ohlsen (496)

Elite Teams:

1. ROMWOD/WIT (624)
2. Team Lesserevil (599)
3. Team Misfit (570)

Team ROMWOD/WIT is comprised entirely of CrossFit Games veterans in the Individual division: Jamie Greene, Jessica Griffith, Cody Mooney, and Alec Smith.

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend’s Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting. David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of Greatist.com.

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