Miami Awaits: The TYR Wodapalooza Season is Here
The recently released 2024 Wodapalooza Rule Book states that “the (competition) was created with the goal in mind of contributing toward one thing: Celebration.”
Anyone who has ever taken part in the event can attest to that ideal, one that has continued to show through year after year in South Florida every January.
The big picture: The 2024 event is to be held January 11-14 at Bayfront Park in Miami, FL and will host competition among over 15 divisions for solo athletes – a mix of individual, age group and adaptive as well as a number of team divisions.
New this year is the addition of the Masters Team Division and the LatAm Cup, which will be a competition within the event itself, consisting of the top male and female finishers from eight different Latin American competitions held throughout multiple countries.
Details to note: There are multiple ways to qualify for Wodapalooza, depending on the division. Invitations have been sent out to multiple CrossFit Games athletes, as well as previous Wodapalooza competitors. But most everyone else will be tackling the qualifiers, which begin tomorrow.
Individuals: Week one for the Individual Online Challenge and Qualifier begins Thursday, September 14 and lasts until September 18. Week two’s dates are September 21-25. As stated in the rule book, athletes must complete all workouts, over the course of both weeks.
- Each week, multiple workouts will be released.
- Week one workouts will be released Thursday, September 14th.
- Week two workouts will be released on September 21st.
- Week one scores are due on September 18th, 2023, at 8:00 PM ET, and week two scores are due on September 25th, 2023, at 8:00 PM ET.
Teams: The online challenge and qualifier for teams of three will be held October 12-23.
- All workouts will be released over the first two days, October 12th & 13th.
- All scores will be due on October 23rd, 2023, at 8:00 PM ET
As mentioned in the rule book, “If performing on a team of 3, athletes do not have to be from the same gym, nor do the athletes have to perform the workouts together. All online challenge workouts are structured that allow teams to perform them remotely, independently of each other.”
Equipment: In an Instagram post released earlier this week, athletes were able to take a look at the equipment required for each of the workouts. The following components will be needed for the Individual and teams qualifying workouts:
- Plates | HSPU Wall | Barbell | Plyo Box | Rower
- Dumbbells | Med Ball | Jump Rope | Rig | Flat Bench (teams only)
For adaptive divisions, the following equipment is needed:
- Plates | HSPU Wall | Barbell | Rower | Plyo Box
- Dumbbells | Slam Ball | Flat Bench | Med Ball
- GHD | Ab Mat | Rig | Rings | Rack | Jump Rope
2024 Prize Purse: At $567,000, the 2024 prize purse is the biggest one yet, and will pay out further down the leaderboard than in years past. While 2nd, 3rd and 5th place Individual Elite athletes will take home slightly less than last year, $67,000 more will be dispersed throughout multiple divisions and age groups.
The bottom line: Wodapalooza represents inclusivity, and celebration in the midst of fierce competition. The changes they have made this year and the increase in their prizes only reinforces that mindset. Their mission statement is clear:
- “To serve the community by providing a platform to challenge individuals to perform and grow. Through inclusivity, positivity, and creativity, we create impactful experiences that produce joy, and unity (by way of diversity,) and elicit feelings of accomplishment and celebration.”
If any athletes have not had the chance to sign up for the online qualifiers, registration is still open for all divisions.