As the saying goes, time feels like it speeds up the further along we get. It’s hard to believe then, that given all the change brought about within the sport in the last year, we’re already at the starting line for the second season of Sanctionals competition. A freshman year filled with question marks and growing pains is already being replaced with a bigger, bolder sophomore campaign poised to bring CrossFit competition to more corners of the globe than ever before.
Let’s run it back: A year ago, the CrossFit world waited anxiously for Dubai to kick off a string of 15 sanctioned events, and now here we are ready for round two, with nearly double the amount of events, and Ireland batting lead off just 11 days after the close of the Open.
18 different countries will place host to the 27 events for the 2020 Games season, and if the Fittest in Cape Town issue gets resolved the numbers bump to 19 and 28 respectively.
The full slate of Sanctionals will run for 32 weeks in total, which is longer than the full seasons of the NFL, MLB, and NBA.
Starting March 5, and ending July 5, 2020 there will be a CrossFit competition taking place every single weekend except for one. For anyone counting that’s 19 out of 20 weekends.
Now we’re cooking with gas: And that means from a numbers standpoint, there are ton of opportunities out there for athletes and fans of the sports to get their fitness fix over the next eight months before the Games.
In total, there will be 81 days of live competition, meaning roughly 500 hours of competive CrossFit streamed live from six continents, most of it completely free to consumers.
As of this morning, the Morning Chalk Up will have boots on the ground at 10 Sanctionals in 9 different countries bringing comprehensive coverage each day.
The first Sanctional of the 2019-2020 CrossFit Games season kicks off this week in Dublin, Ireland. The Morning Chalk Up crew will be on the ground covering the competition end-to-end.
All three days of elite competition will be broadcast live on Morning Chalk Up’s YouTube channel. The live broadcast will also feature special guests Tommy Marquez and Sean Woodland during select heats.
End to End Coverage
Live updated leaderboard with efficiency stats like average points per event, points from the podium, and points earned per event.
WATCH: Catching Up with Sara Sigmundsdottir
Coming off her second straight win unofficially of the CrossFit Open, Sara Sigmundsdottir heads to Dublin, Ireland to compete in the Sanctionals kick-off event: The Filthy 150. Morning Chalk Up’s Editor-in-Chief Justin LoFranco caught up with her to chat about the Open, going head-to-head with Annie Thorisdottir, Sanctionals plans, and coaching changes. A BELOVED DOTTIR.
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CANNED FOOD DRIVE — CrossFit Hanford in Hanford, CA is running a Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive. For each can donated, a specified coach will do ten burpees. If you would like to donate, please drop a few cans into the box of Coach Jesse Cook.
HELP FOR MACIEK LASZCZA — On November 12 during training Maciek Kaszczak fell off from gymnastic rings suffering a Cervical spine dislocation (C5-C6) and severe spinal cord injury. He was transported by air ambulance to the hospital, where he underwent surgery. Currently immobile and in recovery, he faces a very long and expensive rehabilitation. A funding page has been set up to help the family.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
Games athlete Thuri Helgadottir has partenered with The Athlete Program • Tara Fox hang cleans 145 pounds • David Spjut cleans 245 pounds with the Davis High School football team • Scotti Saunders is six-months-old • Alexander Matthes front squats 265 pounds for a PR • Craig
Richey snatches 176 pounds for 6 X 3 • Happy birthdayScott Panchik.
Catching Up with Dan Bailey — Morning Chalk Upsat down withDan Bailey in Dublin, Ireland for the CrossFit Filthy 150.
Roman Khrennikov Joins WIT — The London-based retailer is bringing on the Russian national champion to their sponsored athlete roster. Khrennikov is competing this weekend at Filthy 150 and expect him to be sporting WIT from top to bottom.
Eric Carmody Replaces Tommy Vinas — Eric Carmody is confirmed as a member of Team Invictus, replacing Tommy Vinas. The team is confirmed for the Sanctional SouthFit Challenge.
Alanna Fisk Declines Dubai Invitation — Alanna Fisk, who placed 24th in the 2020 Open, unofficially, has declined her invitation to the Dubai CrossFit Championship.
— “There are two reasons. The biggest is the financial side.
— “Secondly, I’ve been competing since August in qualifiers and after testing in the Open it is apparent that I have some specific challenges that require immediate attention in training before stepping foot on the competitive floor.
— “The events (Wodapalooza and Rogue Invitational) allow for the necessary training time for me individually, according to the challenges I currently face as an athlete. They just occur at the most optimal times.”
Madrid CrossFit Championship Prize Purse — The Madrid CrossFit Championship, a Sanctional taking place in May, announced their prize purse.
First — 10,000 euros
Second — 6,000 euros
Third — 4,000 euros
Fourth — 2,000 euros
Fifth 1,000 euros
Jon Levell has coached at CrossFit by Overload in Murrieta, CA since 2009. He’s been in this game for a while now. In 2016 he took a step forward and bought the affiliate, with his wife Kira. But everyday, before coaching all afternoon and evening, Levell goes to his day job as a business manager in the Loma Linda Hospital System.
And then, about six months ago, Levell had an idea.
What if he blended both jobs together?
He knew that senior citizens were one of the largest groups treated in the Rancho Family Medical system. So, he went to one of the liaisons there and suggested that the medical system add CrossFit to their services offered to their senior citizens on Medicare.
“Most of the time, it’s cookie cutter. You get transportation, diabetes, discount on memberships to Country Clubs, it’s all over the place. CrossFit has never been a part of any of this stuff, this is the definitely the first one ever,” Levell told Morning Chalk Up.
Yes, CrossFit for senior citizens, paid for by their health insurance.
And, lucky for everyone, there was a CrossFitter on the inside too. “I am a member at CrossFit by Overload so it felt logical for me to reach out to Jon as a first step for the Murrieta/Temecula area. He and the coaches have just as much of a passion for the senior community as we do,” said Chandler Hall, Community Representative at Rancho Family Medical Group.