Wodapalooza Introduces New LatAm Cup for 2024 Season

June 22, 2023 by
Photo Credit: TYR Wodapalooza
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TYR Wodapalooza announced a new and unique division is joining the annual Fitness Festival this January. The LatAm Cup will gather 20 of the best athletes from competitions across at least seven Latin American countries to throw down live at TYR WZA Miami 2024 and crown a male and female champion.

Joaquin Pérez Borrego, WZA Competition Director: “The idea was born from the need to evolve what was done the previous year, in order to improve.”

Remind me: In 2023, WZA introduced a renewed two-day competition format for teams and individuals. It was also the first year that TYR took over as title sponsor for the 11th iteration of the Miami, FL competition. This year, more changes have been introduced, including the addition of Masters Teams of 3, one singular Qualifier Leaderboard, and updates to the Scaled and Individual divisions. As one of the first major CrossFit competitions to include adaptive divisions, evolving is a part of the WZA DNA.

The LatAm Cup will operate as an independent division, in which athletes will compete in the same workouts as the Rx individual division, with the same standards, and will have their own leaderboard and podium ceremony. The LatAm Cup will take place Thursday, January 11th, 2024, and Friday, January 12, 2024 at Bayfront Park Miami.

  • “We did not want to give a direct pass to the Elite category, or any other category, simply by making an alliance with competitions in Latin America,” explained the Competition Director.
  • When looking at the athletes qualifying to Miami, however, there seemed to be something missing, “It seemed to us, that we were not giving a place to (Latin American) athletes who were trying to reach Miami through the Online Challenge & Qualifier.”

Pérez Borrego: “We wanted to be more inclusive and open our doors for more athletes to compete and be part of TYR WZA community. We [created this partnership] with events in different countries so more athletes can step into the competition floor and live the experience of being in Miami.”

The confirmed competitions that will give a spot for 2024 include:

  • Woodstock Fitness Festival –  Santiago, Chile
  • Fitland Fitness Festival – Botoga, Colombia
  • Black Challenge MX – Mexico City, Mexico
  • TCB – Sorocaba, Brazil
  • The Greatness Fit Fest – Guatemala
  • FitGames – Caracas, Venezuela
  • Argentina Throwdown – Buenos Aires, Argentina

One male and one female will qualify to the LatAm Cup from Woodstock Fitness Festival and the Argentina Throwdown, while the five remaining events will qualify two men and two women. More events may be added in the months to come.

Photo Credit: Wodapalooza

The bottom line: Pérez Borrego told the Morning Chalk Up that his team is looking to partner with events from different continents in the future, in a similar fashion, in a continued effort to grow the sport.

For athletes not competing in the LatAm Cup, Wodapalooza’s Online Challenge and Qualifier will take place from Sept 14th–25th for individuals, and Oct 12th–23rd for Teams. Registration opens Tuesday, July 18th.

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