Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. After CrossFit HQ announced the cancelation of the age group divisions at the 2020 CrossFit Games, a group of teen athletes began hatching a plan to hold a “Teen Games” this summer, and they just might pull it off. And, the second season of the Titan Games starts on May 25, legends Matt Chan and Margeaux Alverez headline a crew of CrossFitters that includes two-time qualifier Dani Speegle. Today:
The Pit Fitness Ranch Teen Games?
The Titan Games kicks off its second season on May 25 and features a crew of CrossFit athletes.
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The Pit Fitness Ranch Teen Games: A Possibility?
After the cancelation of the age group competition at the 2020 CrossFit Games, athletes and fans expressed disappointment and frustration. As of now, the Games are planning to hold an individual athletes-only event at the CrossFit Ranch in Aromas, California. While age group athletes have generally conceded that the Ranch could not have hosted every individual, teen, and masters athlete, as well as teams, many aren’t quite ready to let go of their dreams of competing against their fittest peers this summer. So, they are attempting to do what teens throughout time have been known for: they are rebelling.
In a May 1 Instagram post, 2019 Games teen athlete Azariah Price announced plans to hold a “Games-like” competition for qualifying teen athletes this summer.
The first step? A Zoom brainstorming session.
More than 30 age-group enthusiasts participated in the session on Sunday night, including individual Games athlete, Chandler Smith. The discussion was led, however, by 16-year-old Price and other teens.
What’s the plan?
Brock Yost, who owns The Pit Fitness Ranch, part of Triple Rivers CrossFit on the Michigan-Indiana border, is teaming up with Price to hold the Teen Games.
The Ranch boasts a 12,000 square foot indoor facility with a vast surrounding property (perfect for hill sprints?).
Invitations will be sent out to the top ten boys and girls in each age group for a total of 40 athletes. Athletes will need to commit to competing by June 1 and the event is tentatively being planned for late August.
If an athlete cannot participate due to travel restrictions, their spot will be backfilled to the next highest-ranking athlete.
Yost plans to program for the event using past Games workouts.
Yost: “There’d be nothing more cool to take a simulator of Games events and prove how teens have evolved.”
Price announced on Monday night that event one of the Teen Games will be “Morris,” a workout created to celebrate the life of Jacob Morris, who passed away last year.
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CrossFitters Set to Compete in Season 2 of The Titan Games
For those CrossFit fans bored of rewatching past Games, Regionals and Sanctional competitions on YouTube during the COVID-19 pandemic, here comes “The Rock” to the rescue! Dwayne Johnson and NBC will premier season two of The Titan Games on May 25. The fitness competition series will feature some well-known CrossFitters competing against other athletes from different fitness disciplines for the $100,000 prize and the title of “Titan”.
Who to watch for: Three names stick out in the field of 36 contestants, CrossFit Games veterans Margaux Alvarez and Dani Speegle, and 2012 podium finisher, Matt Chan.
The 42-year old Chan is considered one of the legends of the sport having competed at the CrossFit Games six times as an individual with four top-ten finishes including a runner-up finish at the 2012 Games.
Alvarez is a seven-time Games athlete including six as an individual, placing as high as ninth at the 2015 Games.
Speegle was one of the busiest athletes during the 2019 season, competing in six Sanctionals, leading to her first Games appearance where she finished 26th. This year she punched her second-straight ticket to the Games after placing 18th in the Open.
Seven other athletes competing on The Titan Games have ties to CrossFit including Kelly Stone who has competed at the games twice as a member of CrossFit Omnia. This season she finished 60th in the Open, the best finish in her career.
Kelly Valdez and Natalie Talbert each have competed at Regionalson teams.
Robbie Rodriguez, Courtney Roselle, Joshua Porter and Kareem Brinson round out the athletes who have CrossFit ties or have competed in CrossFit events.
As the weeks roll by and building leases come up for renewal, some affiliate owners are choosing to enter a gray zone.
The gray zone: They’re keeping their CrossFit affiliation, but are in limbo as to whether or not they’ll ever re-open a brick and mortar facility.
Mary Retzlaff, the owner of CrossFit Murfreesboro in Murfreesboro, TN is one of them. Her gym has been around for 12 years, although Retzlaff has only owned it for the last two. Her gym’s lease was up on May 1, so she moved out of her building and isn’t sure what the future has in store for her gym.
So far, she has chosen to remain affiliated, and has slowly been moving her equipment into her home garage, creating an old-school garage box, for the time being, she explained. Once it’s all set up, Retzlaff intends to let a limited number of members join her and her husband at their garage for workouts.
Deciding not to sign a new lease: “During this time, with the gym being shut down, it gave us time to think about where we saw our gym in the next two years and really evaluate the business,” said Retzlaff, who is also a full-time nurse who works in an ICU.
She knew she didn’t want to stay in her former building, so she had the option of finding a new space, which would have caused her to accumulate debt in order to make improvements on the building, she explained. On top of this, her membership revenue is down $3,180 a month since she closed her doors. So, her best option for the moment was to remain undecided.
“I wouldn’t say this is calling it quits. We left it open with the chance to re-open once we can see what the economy and fitness industry is doing in the next coming months. But for now we need to take a step back and evaluate what we want in the future and how we want our life to look,” she said.
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Congratulations to Sergio H., who was the first to correctly answer which Games Individual Podium was ordered by country as the following: Women – Iceland, Australia, Iceland / Men – USA, USA, Canada. The correct answer was the 2016 CrossFit Games – Women’s: Davidsdottir, Toomey, Sigmundsdottir, Men’s: Fraser, B. Smith, Vellner. Additional congratulations go to Leonie S., who was the first to correctly answer last Friday’s question – who won the first live broadcast Open Announcement. The correct answer was Scott Panchik, he beat Dan Bailey in 13.1.
Today’s question: Name One of the Top-Two athletes (female or male) who won the most Teenager Age Group Online Qualifier Events in their careers.