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Down Under, Brazil Sanctionals Strike Partnership


The Down Under CrossFit Championship announced that they’ll be partnering with the Brazil CrossFit Championship to extend direct invites to the podium finishers in the individual and team divisions. This is the latest in a batch of new partnerships between Sanctionals for the 2020 season.

  • All five events owned by Loud and Live Sports – Wodapalooza, the West Coast Classic, the Madrid CrossFit Championship, the Granite Games, and the Mayan CrossFit Classic are all offering direct invites to individual and team Sanctional winners from the prior 12 months from the event date. 
  • The Brazil CrossFit Championship, along with the Loud and Live events, has been at the forefront of developing partnerships, establishing one of the first partnerships of the new format with Wodapalooza last season. 
  • Last week the DUCC announced they will be extending invites to the individual winners of the Kalis Games, a licensed event in the Philippines.

This is the first partnership that the Down Under CrossFit Championship has reached with another Sanctional, after being a trailblazer in their own right in 2019. Last season the DUCC was the only sanctioned event of the season to use the Open as a qualifier for their event, a move that’s now been adopted by more than a dozen events this season.

In speaking with organizers of the DUCC, this trend of best practices is likely to continue with some potential future partnerships in the works to offer spots to licensed, and non-licensed events in line with other deals we previously reported on earlier this month. The partnership with Brazil is particularly important given how the competition played out in Sao Paulo last year.

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  • BEER AND BURPEES — The 9th annual Beers and Burpees event was held Saturday at CrossFit Charlotte in Charlotte, NC. The event raised $165,000 for Dream On 3, an organization that gives kids living with a disability or life-altering condition an opportunity to live out their ultimate sports dreams.
  • HERO WOD FOR ROWAN — ⁣Just a few days ago four-year-old Rowan Price passed away after a hard battle with leukemia. CrossFit Unwritten in Salem, VA has created a hero WOD in her honor. They, along with other local boxes, will complete Rowan on Saturday, September 28. 

CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

Enter to win a Rogue barbell from Lauren Fisher and Grown Strong • Congratulations to Zeke Grove on baby #2 on the way • Paige Sousa snatches 220 pounds • Happy fifth anniversary to Brittney Kleyn and Luke Duffy • Teen Games athlete Emma Cary does 5 X 20 backsquats at 185 poundsSerena Goode gets a 100 pound dumbbell from ground to overhead at the Cascade Classic • Thirteen-year-old Olivia Kerstetter back squats 255 pounds. 

…and there is always time for headbanging at CrossFit Novato.

Team USA in — Kate Nye is the 71kg World Champion at IWF World Championship, taking first with her 112kg/247 pound snatch, first with her 136kg/300 pound clean and jerk, and first for her 248kg/547 pound total.

— Mattie Rogers took silver in the 71kg group with her 106kg/234 pound snatch, 134kg/295 pound clean and jerk, and a 240kg/529 pound total.

James Newbury Gets Invite to CrossFit Filthy 150 — James Newury was recently confirmed for the CrossFit Filthy 150. Newbury will compete in the Sanctional this November in Dublin, Ireland. 

Pensacola Beach Brawl — ZA Anderson took first place at the Pensacola Beach Brawl over the weekend. Alexis Johnson tied for first place with Chloe Smith

Alex Porro on His 270 Pound Weight Loss — Alex Porro, who used to weigh almost 500 pounds before finding CrossFit Focus in Boynton Beach, FL and changing his diet, shared his transformation with a local news channel.

— “In 2017, he weighed 480 pounds. His lifestyle was Mountain Dew and video games. He was sick of it. For the last year, he’s maintained 210 pounds, after dropping 270 pounds. This is how he does it: Hard work.”

CrossFit Open 2020 Predictions and Common Movements — With the Open just a few weeks away, CrossFitters are gearing up for the second round of Open workouts in one year. WODPREP put together a helpful guide of the most common Open movements and offer a few predictions of their own.

— “Yet we can’t look past the fact that there are consistent trends and particular movements that show their face every single Open. In fact, over 9 years and 46 workouts, we have seen 23 different movements – 5 which have been repeated each Open season, including this past February.

— “The idea behind their popularity in the Open programming is that they are some of the most simple movements to judge. (Why do you think we haven’t seen pistols yet?)”


“Taking Drill Weekends Into Their Own Hands,” by Jessica Danger, Morning Chalk Up 

In July, CrossFit Nola, held a week of Hero WODs. At the end of the week, coach Nick Thayer decided he wanted to do more for those the Hero WODs honored. So he started Drill Weekends, a monthly event to raise funds for veterans and honor the memory of fallen military heroes.

Thayer served as Active Duty in the US Coast Guard for seven years before becoming a defense contractor. Now he oversees the electronics portion of new Coast Guard ships, called Cutters.

“These cutters are named after enlisted heroes. One of these cutters was named after Nathan Bruckenthal,” Thayer told the Morning Chalk Up in an email. “It occurred to me that I built a ship named after him, I trained it’s crew, I met his family, but I had never done his workout.” So Thayer decided to change that.

He posted the event on his affiliates member page, and soon enough other members were signing up to do Bruckenthal with him. They got together, did the workout, and at the end of the day they had raised $600.

“It ignited a fire in me,” said Thayer.

He reached out to his friend David Theriot, who had just retired from 20 years of reserve service, and together Drill Weekends was born.

Every month, the last weekend of the month, Drill Weekends completes a Hero WOD, encouraging other boxes around the country to participate. There are two ways Drill Weekends raises funds, through donated goods and services from local companies that are raffled off at each event, and from apparel sales. Every month, the funds will be split; half will always go to the Reveille Project while the second half will go to a nonprofit that is associated with the fallen hero from that WOD.

Committing half of their funds to the Reveille Project is important for Thayer. “I know so many people coming off of active duty that are struggling in so many ways. One of the biggest struggle is loosing a sense of purpose and a sense of direction,” Thayer wrote. “I think CF can offer that if only in a limited fashion. The community aspect of what we do is absolutely the most important thing in my opinion.”

In August, Drill Weekends did Laredo, for US Army Staff Sergeant Edwardo Loredo at BlackSite CrossFit in Metairie, LA.  Attendance doubled in size and collected another $600 in donations. Half of the money raised went to the Reveille Project and the other half went to Hope for the Warriors.


9/26 – 9/28: Heart of America (Springfield, MO)
9/27 – 9/28: Autumn Games 4 (Albuquerque, NM) 
9/27 – 9/28: Battle at the Banks (Cincinnati, OH)
9/27 – 9/28: The Greenville Games (Greenville, SC)
9/28: 2019 Pound-4-Pound Competition (Denver, CO)
9/28: Masters of the Midway: Individual (Lake in the Hills, IL)
9/28: The Shipwreck 4 at Harbor Park CrossFit (Racine, WI)
9/28: Firewall Frenzy 2019 Partner Comp (Holliston, MA)
9/28: No Mans Land 5 (Painesville, OH)
9/28: Country Tuff Competition (Richfield, UT)
9/28: Can You Dig It Delaware (Delaware, OH)
9/28: Bloodline Barbell Brawl (Lehigh Acres, FL)
9/28: Bring The Heat X (Katy, TX)
9/28: Rookie Rollout 4 (San Diego, CA)
9/28: The Fat Man Little Boy Showdown (Oak Ridge, TN)
9/28: Battle Cancer Competition (Madrid, Spain)
9/28: Fight of the Elements (Gland, Switzerland)
9/28: 4th Annual Kilo CrushFest (Hampton, VA)
9/28 -9/29: Beer City Beatdown (Asheville, NC)
9/28: Masters of the DMV3 (Alexandria, VA)
9/28: OUTWOD Chicago (Chicago, IL)
9/28: OUTWOD Richmond (Richmond, VA)
9/28: OUTWOD Suffolk (Suffolk, NY)
9/28 – 9/30: Duality 2019 (San Antonio, TX)
9/29: Labor Of Love (Newington, CT)
9/28 – 9/29: CrossFit Krypton Training Camp (Chesapeake, VA)
10/3 – 10/21: Dubai CrossFit Challenge Online Qualifier (Online)
10/5: The Grit Games (Jacksonville Beach, FL)
10/5: Second Annual Sona Slam (Johnson City, NY)
10/5: Nashoba Learning Group FUNdraiser (Woburn, MA)
10/6: Barbells and Babes Liftoff (Middletown, NY)
10/6: My Mommy is Stronger Than Your Mommy (Houston, TX)
10/16: 2019 Graveyard Games (Kenosha, WI)
10/19: Battle for the Bell VIII: End Bell (Southbury, CT)
10/19: HYROX Miami (Miami, FL)

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