Last week, Morning Chalk Up set up shop in the FITAID lounge for the Morning Chalk Up Show live from Madison. We hosted a live show, hosted by Tommy Marquez three times a day, with guests like FITAID’s co-founder Aaron Hinde, Annie Thorisdottir, Chris Hinshaw, and Jason Carroll. We even snagged a live sit down with Mat Fraser at the end of the day, when Nike revealed their gold boxed gift to him for winning his fourth straight title as Fittest on Man Earth.

Field reporters Luke Duffy and Brittney Kleyn flew all the way from Australia to be on the ground with our team. The two ran all over the Alliant Energy Center, and the better parts of Madison, to get you on the ground interviews from Pat Vellner, Noah Ohlsen, Dave Castro and Sammy Moniz, amongst others. They made their way out to the Reebok Fit Barge, to CrossFit Connex, to the ROMWOD Warrior Course, and through a WOD with WIT and adaptive athlete Logan Aldrige. Our photographer, Patrick Clark, was all over the field of play to get the best possible shots of athletes in motion.

We met literally dozens of readers that came up to us asking to buy shirts (We’re sorry! We’ll bring some next year, we promise.) and to take pictures with us. As we walked around the venue, readers stopped us to say thanks for publishing their PR or spreading the word about their event, or being their trusted source for all things CrossFit, and for helping them keep their head above water with all the changes this season. (P.S. Sara Sigmundsdottir and Candy Fraser, Mat’s mom, were using Morning Chalk Up to discover the workouts!)

Thanks to our sponsors — FITAID, Nike, Kettlebell Kitchen and Black Rifle Coffee — and to CrossFit for giving us a shot to cover something this big with our team. It was an honor and a privilege to be your go-to trusted source during the CrossFit Games. And if there is something we missed, or you think we can do better, shoot us a note and let us know.

But there’s no rest for the weary friends. The CrossFit Open kicks off October 10, and you know what that means. Morning Chalk Up is getting right back to it, bringing you comprehensive coverage of the upcoming season as well as what is going on in and around your local community, to provide you all with the best CrossFit coverage we can.

It was great meeting you all in Madison. For those that we missed, we’ll see you next year when we return with even bigger and better coverage. 

In health and fitness,
Jessica Danger
Managing Editor


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