Wodapalooza (WZA) announced an impressive prize purse increase for the 2020 Sanctional, doubling the champion’s cheque to $50,000 and with it upping the capacity for athlete earnings this season.
How much cash are we talking about: $50,000 for the winner, matching the lucrative winnings on offer at the Rouge Invitational and Dubai Fitness Championship – where the total prize purse across all divisions exceeds half a million dollars. Wodapalooza has also added $2,020 each event win. For Rogue, it’s $5,000 and Dubai pays out $3000, $2000 and $1000 respectively.
The big picture: The second-year into this new system and there’s more money up for grabs for athletes willing to compete. Before the introduction of sanctioned events; athletes were almost limited to payouts at the CrossFit Games, which has also increased significantly from $500 at the inaugural CrossFit Games to $300,000 in 2019.
The fact that the prize purse has increased this drastically is a really good step in the right direction. For the 2019-2020 season, there are only a handful of prize purses released so far so we still need to get a better picture of where the average competition is paying out.
One big thing: Payouts on the circuit can actually be quite lucrative if you pick the rights ones.
- Three of the top 10 male and female earners didn’t even make the Top 10 at the 2019 CrossFit Games.
- Sam Briggs was the highest female earner outside of the Games top 10 (4th) with $107,083 total.
- Patrick Vellner was the highest male earner outside of the Games top 10 (4th) with $77,000 total.
- For complete payouts from last year, use our payouts tracker.
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