Kaiden Hogan Holds 6:04 Mile Pace to Win Event One in Dominating Fashion
As the Age Group and Adaptive divisions took center stage to kick-off the 2021 CrossFit Games, there was one teenage athlete that stood out from the crowd. 15-year-old Kaiden Hogan, who crossed the finish line without a soul in striking distance, winning the 3.75 mile run event for the 14-15 division.
One big thing: Right from the beginning, Hogan separated himself from the pack. You might expect him to have a background in running or maybe an endurance sport, but that’s not the case here. He jokingly said he’s just a good runner, but there’s no real reason for it.
- “It was easy!” exclaimed Hogan when asked how the run felt shortly after cartwheeling across the finish line.
- Hogan finished the 3.75 mile run in just 22:46.95, more than two and a half minutes faster than the second place finisher, Caden Poulin, who crossed the finish line in 25:15:74.
- That’s an average pace of 6:04 per mile.
- At 15-years-old, this is Hogan’s first CrossFit Games appearance.
- When asked about the rest of the weekend, Hogan said, “I’m going to give each workout 100% and see what happens. My expectations are only to do the best I can do.”
Shoes sweeten the deal: The win for Hogan was made a little more exciting by the fact that he crossed the finish line with a pair of Reeboks on his feet.
- Before the Games kicked off, Reebok announced a Bonus Program, offering $1,000 per event win to age group and adaptive athletes who wore their shoes during the event.
- Since Hogan was in Reeboks, he pocketed $1,000.
- “I love the Reebok deal,” said Hogan. “…especially now!” he added.