Athletes that earned an invite to the 2020 Games in the team competition did not get much time to grieve the cancelation of their division before a suitable replacement option quickly rose to the occasion.
Less than 24 hours after CrossFit HQ announced that a restructuring of spots at the Games meant dissolving the team competition for the year, Rich Froning announced via Instagram, a new team competition that will serve to showcase the hard work of the elite teams that no longer get to compete in Aromas.
Froning initially teased the idea during a livestream workout that the Mayhem crew hosted on YouTube this past Friday, May 8 — one day prior to the CrossFit Games announcement — revealing some ideas that his team had in the works if the team competition was canceled.
- This follows in the footsteps of Age Groups, where the teenage divisions have already confirmed details and begun moving forward with a competition in lieu of the Games on Labor Day weekend.
- One of our favorite ideas in the brainstorming phase was to host the competition over the course of eight or nine days, and slowly trim the competition every couple days, which included some rest days throughout.
The official announcement from Froning a few days later cemented Mayhem Madness as a reality, giving the nine teams that qualified for the Games through Sanctionals something to look forward to this summer, travel permitting. Official dates haven’t been set but the announcement revealed that the month of August is the target.
- ROMWOD Meatsquad, Chike MisFits, Team Butcher’s Lab, P10, CrossFit Mayhem Freedom, The Progrm, CrossFit Mayhem Independence, Taranis Lifetree, and Starr Strength Black will all receive automatic invitations to the competition.
- Three more teams will be added to round out the field to 12 teams total, and the teams will be selected via an online qualifier.
The big question remains around whether or not athlete travel will be restricted, particularly with international teams coming from overseas like The Prgrm, Butcher’s Lab, and Starr Strength Black, but there are a few things at play in Mayhem’s favor.
- The Mayhem Classic went off without a hitch earlier this season, including livestream coverage, and enough space to reasonably host the competition for however many teams manage to make the trip. That makes planning a smaller scale competition such as this much more plausible.
- The state of Tennessee has been one of the first states to begin loosening social distancing, and shelter-in-place restrictions, with retail stores and restaurants reopening and mounting pressure from political groups for all restrictions to be lifted.
More details about the competition will be revealed in the coming weeks, but the Mayhem Madness competition is just the latest example of how the community has managed to pick up the ball and run with it in the face of unparalleled circumstances.
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