5K Cross-Country Run has the Potential to Devastate, Predicts Aerobic Capacity Expert Chris Hinshaw

July 24, 2023 by
Photo Credit: D Haidar | @supermister2

Last week, the CrossFit Games team announced one of this year’s Games events—to be held on Saturday—will feature a 5K cross-country run.

And while running is present at the Games every year, generally in a handful of events, a cross-country run hasn’t been the norm. Further, pure long-distance running events, where running is the only component of the workout, are also less common at the Games. 

Worth noting: The last time a purely long-distance run was programmed was in 2020 at the ranch in Aromas, CA during the pandemic when only five men and five women competed in-person. 

  • Meanwhile, 2019 featured a 6 km run, although athletes had to wear a weighted ruck, which, of course, changed the running game entirely. The only other time in the last 10 years we have seen a purely long-distance running event at the Games was in 2016,  a 7-km trail run, again in Aromas, CA. All of the other significant middle to long running events have featured other modalities, as well.

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