Pioneers of the Sport Head to Arizona for Legends Masters Competition
If you’re in the Phoenix, Arizona area and looking to see elite CrossFit athletes competing from a safe social distance then the Legends Masters Competition is for you. Three hundred and eighty-five of the best masters athletes will be competing live and in-person Dec. 10-13 in the Goodyear Ballpark located just outside of the city.
The details: Legends, in its fourth year of existence, is one of the longest-running “masters-only” competitions in the world. This year they were one of the first event organizers to jump into action as an alternative competition for masters athletes who saw their season come to an end after the Games canceled the Age Group divisions competitions.
- The competition was originally set to take place at the iconic Del Mar Fairgrounds in California on September 10-13 but had to pivot due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
- The competition offers 14 age group divisions, seven each for men and women. Those age groups are 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and 65+.
- The top ten qualifiers from the 2020 CrossFit Age Group Online Qualifiers received automatic invitations. Other spots were filled through an online qualifier held in August.
- Over $40,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the podium finishers in each division.
- The competition will not be carrying a live broadcast or stream.
- A limited number of spectator tickets are available and those in attendance must adhere to safety protocols set in place by state and local health officials.
- Complete leaderboards for all 14 divisions are powered by Competition Corner.
- The four-day competition schedule features eight events that total ten scores for the 14 divisions.
- Notable mens athlete’s who have confirmed to compete at the competition include Ryan Elrod (35-39 masters AGOQ champion), Games announcer and multiple Regionals qualifier Chase Ingraham (35-39 division), Tony Kurz (2019 Games athlete 40-44, second at MFCC), Josh Petlowany (multiple Regional athlete, second in the 40-44 AGOQ), Ray Carr (two-time Games athlete 45-49 division), Ron Ortiz (two-time Games Masters division champion), Jeff Goebel (two-time Games athlete in the 50-54 division), and David Hippensteel (three-time Games Masters champion).
- Notable women’s athletes who have confirmed to compete at the competition include April Payne (2018 Regional athlete, 35-39 division champion at the Masters Fitness Collective Championship), Jenn Ryan (multiple Games athlete, 40-44 division champion at the Masters Fitness Collective Championship), Rebecca Voigt Miller (13-times Games qualifier, ten-time Games individual qualifier), Tia Vesser (50-54 AGOQ champion), Dee Dee Hoffman (50-54 division champion at the Masters Fitness Collective Championship), Linda Elstun (six-time Games) and Laurie Meschinick (55-59 CrossFit Games champion).