Permit Drops Serious Hint about Offsite Madison Event at 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games
CrossFit HQ has dropped a major piece of information about the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games, albeit in an unexpected way. A permit application has teased an off–site event with a route going through the city of Madison.
What we know: The permit application provided details about the time of the event, as well as the route that the athletes will take. The setup will take place on the evening of Thursday, August 4, and the event will be on Friday, August 5, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. local time.
- The setup will require shutting down the 100 block of State Street, W Mifflin, and N Carroll to bring in workout equipment, barricades, portable restrooms, a TV truck, and tents. The workout equipment will be on N Carroll and on State Street.
- The application there will be a competition zone WITH workout equipment.
- The permit application also confirmed that there will be temporary halts in traffic flow during the August 5 event so that athletes can safely cross multiple intersections.
The route: According to the map on the permit application, the event will start roughly at the Alliant Energy Center, which is the home of the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games. The athletes will then make their way along John Nolen Drive on the Capital City Trail, which crosses over Monona Bay.
- Once the athletes make their way into the city proper, they will head toward the Wisconsin State Capital on E Main St. The permit application shows a competition zone on the west side of the capital, which sits on N Carroll.
- The permit application does not specifically mention how the athletes will make this journey. Past events in Madison have featured events with running and biking.
What’s missing: There is one key piece of information missing in this permit application. There is no mention of a beach in the area of the Alliant Energy Center. Past permit applications have clearly included Olbrich Park Beach and the Olin Park Boat Launch among other locations. This omission indicates that there will not be a swimming component for this off-site event.
Historical context: The CrossFit Games have regularly featured off-site events, especially during the trips to Madison in 2017-2019 and 2021. There was the Run Swim Run in 2017, Madison Triplus in 2018, Swim Paddle in 2019, and the swim/kayak event in 2021.
Why this matters: Off-site events test the athletes in different ways than those on the field or in the arena. Their coaches aren’t around; it’s just them testing themselves out in the elements while trying to avoid any mistakes. This proud tradition of off-site events will continue during the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games. There may just not be a water component involved on August 5 as the athletes take on an entirely new route.
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