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Early Invites and Two Positive Drug Tests

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What do a 2x Olympic gold medalist, UFC champion, and Cy Young Award-winning pitcher have in common?

Dr. Kelly Starrett.

For the past 15 years, Kelly has coached elite athletes around the world on their mobility and mechanics. Now it’s your turn!

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“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” — Epictetus

The Definitive Guide to Qualifying for 2019-2020 Season Sanctionals


The 2019-2020 CrossFit Games season is already upon us, and with it comes a full slate of Sanctionals competitions, with 28 total events spanning from November through the first week of July.

We know navigating this 10-month-long season can be confusing — heck, even we can’t keep it straight — so we built this handy guide to how to qualify for each event. 

P.S. Not every event has outlined how to qualify just yet so you’ll notice that several are missing, but we’ll be proactively updating the guide as details emerge. 

More Early Sanctionals Invites Earned + Drug Failures


Another round of invites for the 2019-2020 Sanctionals season is going out this week after another local competition wrapped up where winners would receive direct invites to a Sanctional. The winners of Black Challenge MX in Mexico City, Mexico and FitLand in Bogotá, Colombia will also receive elite individual invites to the Mayan CrossFit Classic. 

  • A total of 10 individual and two team invites have been earned so far this year.

Here’s the kicker: Mauro Acevedo won both competitions, earning him an invite to compete at Mayan, but he failed a drug test at FitLand for Endurobol. His win at FitLand is invalidated, and his invitation revoked. Because there was not a drug test at Black Challenge, his overall win will remain but the Mayan invite is being passed to the number two Eder Carillo.

  • Acevedo openly admits to having used steroids when he first started CrossFit, including at the 2017 CrossFit Games when he competed with BIGG CrossFit Recoleta. They qualified in by taking third at the South Regional.
  • As a qualifier, he would have been tested at Regionals but the test did not catch anything in his system.
  • “The first years of my career I tried to supplement myself without knowing so much about the subject, just listening and reading things without any advice. As time went by I realized that the use of steroids was not necessary, that it was only a matter of time and training to improve my weaknesses and strengths.” Translation provided by Google Translate.
  • “I take responsibility for my actions.”
  • He stopped using two years ago according to the Instagram post.

Why this matters: CrossFit has issued sanctions to athletes based on failed tests outside of their competitions. Hinrik Oskarsson and Charis Chan are two notable examples. FitLand also said Juan Ignacio Sforzini failed a drug test as well. Both these tests were handled by Drug Free Sports.

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What do a 2x Olympic gold medalist, UFC champion, and Cy Young Award-winning pitcher have in common?

Dr. Kelly Starrett.

For the past 15 years, Kelly has coached elite athletes around the world on their mobility and mechanics. Now it’s your turn!

With Kelly’s new Virtual Mobility Coach platform, you get fresh mobility exercises every day — customized for your body and training schedule. Plus when you sign up now, you can try the entire program for two full weeks, absolutely free.

Chalk Up Community

  • FREE WEIGHTLIFTING SEMINAR — Coach Ryan Belsito will be hosting a free Intro to Weightlifting clinic at Left Coast CrossFit in Laguna Niguel, CA on Saturday, September 21.
  • PRO TIP: MEAL HACKS FOR A LONG FLIGHT — Thankfully airports have greatly improved their healthy food options, but what happens when you’re not at that airport or you’re heading coast-to-coast? Don’t get caught hungry with these tips from Carrots ‘N’ Cake. 
  • SOUTH LOOP GAMES 2019 — Registration for the South Loop Games in Chicago, IL just opened up for individual and team divisions.
  • L1 STUDENT FUNDRAISER — Mitch Scarmardo, a full time chiropractic student at Parker University, has started a gofundme to help me raise money to get his L1 training certification. For each dolloar donated, Mitch will do one weight vest burpee. 

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

Regan Huckaby hits a 405 pound deadlift PR and a 345 pound backsquat at the FITAID One Ton Challenge in Las Vegas • Nine-year-old Jaimon Mogard does 15 unbroken ring muscle-ups • Robert Hansen hits a 245 pound snatch PR • Sean Sweeney joined a buddy and won the MUCC Town Throwdown over the weekend. 

…and this is maybe the most ingenious fundraiser we’ve ever seen. 

CONFIRMED: Kristin Holte has accepted an invite to compete at the Sanctnionals’ kick-off event Filthy 150 in Dublin, Ireland. 

— As reported by Tommy Marquez last week, she’ll also be joined by Dan Bailey, who’s making his return to competitive CrossFit after a string of injuries has kept him on the sidelines. 

— For what it’s worth, Filthy150 still has five more male, five more female and four team wildcard invites remaining. We’ve heard names like Sean Sweeney, Cole Sager and Jacob Heppner on the short list. 

10-Year Affiliate Summit Kicks Off Friday — In Whistler, Canada, affiliate owners from across the globe will descend on the tourist town just two hours north of Vancouver for a three-day conference. On hand will be employees from CrossFit HQ including Greg Glassman himself. The Morning Chalk Up crew will be on-hand reporting from inside the conference. 


“Outside Events Offer Direct Qualification for Sanctionals,” by Tommy Marquez, Morning Chalk Up 

A few weeks ago Katrin Davidsdottir and Annie Thorisdottir stood atop the podium together at the 2019 Butchers Classic, a CrossFit licensed event in Denmark. The former CrossFit Games champions teamed up as a pair and promptly dominated the event, walking away with a handful of prizes including individual spots at the 2020 Norwegian CrossFit Championship in February.

On the surface level, this news wouldn’t be more than a simple headline that wouldn’t cause much of a stir: two of the biggest names in the sport dominate a local event in their general area of the world and earn a spot at a Sanctional event that they could easily earn later anyways. However, the Sanctional spot earned by both of Iceland’s beloved “Dottirs,” points towards the building of a foundational system outside of the current scope of the CrossFit Games season that could help Sanctionals in the future.

The Norwegian CrossFit Championship (NCC) offering up a spot to their final event is just one of a handful of instances where sanctioned events are teaming up with other local and outside events to offer up competition opportunities and incentives to participate in the system.

The NCC is also offering spots at their event for the individual winners of the Tyngre Tango event in Sweden, and the individual and team winners of the Norwegian Throwdown.

CrossFit Strength in Depth has helped form the U.K. Event Alliance, where the winning teams from four different events will gain entry into their finals.

The CrossFit German Throwdown is offering spots at their finals to top two individuals, teams, and top two German finishers at their sister event the German Throwdown Classic.


9/20 – 9/22: Pensacola Beach Brawl (Pensacola Beach, FL)
9/20 – 9/22: The Dakota Games (Fargo, ND)
9/21: Cry Me a River 2019 (Online)
9/21: 4th Annual CrossFit Co-Ed Classic Competition (East Brunswick, NJ)
9/21: Beers and Burpees (Charlotte, NC)
9/21: 7th Annual CFuNKY Throwdown Competition (Florence, KY)
9/21: 4th Annual Battle on the Border (New York, NY)
9/21: Under Armour Turf Games City Series (Los Angeles, CA)
9/21: Fall Jam 2019 (Columbus, OH)
9/21: 2019 GR Games (Grand Rapids, MI)
9/21: Girls Gone RX (Denver, CO)
9/21: The Partner Throwdown (Philadelphia, PA)
9/21: 2019 Arsenal Throwdown (Pittsburgh, PA)
9/21: Barbells for Bullies (Portland, OR)
9/21: Barbells for Bullies (Clearwater, FL)
9/21: Throwdown in the Triangle (Raleigh, NC)
9/21: Rookie Rumble at CrossFit 643 (Washington Township, NJ)
9/21: OUTWOD Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN)
9/21 – 9/22: The Central Regional (Bettendorf, IA)
9/21 – 9/22: Southie Showdown (Boston, MA)
9/21 – 9/22: CrossFit Cascade Classic (Seattle, WA)
9/22: Caffeine & Kilos Invitational (Sacramento, CA)
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)
10/5: Horsepower Fundraiser Competition (Sunriver, OR)
10/6: Barbells and Babes Liftoff (Middletown, NY)
10/6: My Mommy is Stronger Than Your Mommy (Houston, TX)

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