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Just How Much Did Athletes Make in the 2019 Season?

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Top 10 Athlete Payouts in 2018-2019 Season


The massive overhaul of the 2019 CrossFit Games season brought significantly more competition opportunities, and with it came the chance to make some extra cash in the process. Between the Open, Sanctionals, and the Games, there was more money up for grabs than ever before, and we’ve got updated payouts* and analysis for the top athletes in 2019.

  • You can access the full payout breakdown on our payout tracker.
  • Note: Some events from 2019 have not disclosed their full prize purses, so some athlete totals could end up being higher.

*Note: Some events from 2019 have not disclosed their full prize purses, so some athlete totals could end up being higher.


1. Mathew Fraser: $491,038
2. Noah Ohlsen: $140,500
3. Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson: $119,077
4. Patrick Vellner: $77,000
5. Scott Panchik: $66,500
6. Travis Mayer: $57,000
7. Cole Sager: $50,365
8. James Newbury: $46,487
9. Matt Mcleod: $42,155
10. Jacob Heppner: $33,216

It pays to be a winner: For the fourth year in a row Mat Fraser is the top earner on the men’s side and the difference between him and the rest of the field is staggering. Fraser’s 2019 total is more than the next five athletes combined despite only participating in four events across the entire year. In the top 10, only Jacob Heppner participated in fewer events.

  • Despite having the lowest finish of his career at the CrossFit Games, Patrick Vellner still cracked the top 5 thanks to a win at Wodapalooza, and a lucrative 2nd place finish at the Rogue Invitational that netted him $40,000.
  • Three athletes managed to make the top 10 despite failing to finish inside the top 10 at the Games. Travis Mayer, Cole Sager and Patrick Vellner all capitalized on strong Sanctional performances to boost their season total.
  • It was a banner year for Australian men, with two Aussie finishing in the top 10 overall thanks in part to top 10 finishes at the Games by James Newbury and Matt McLeod. It was the first time an Australian male has cracked the top 10 at the Games since Chad Mack
  • Career-high payouts for Noah Ohlsen and Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson were driven by career-best finishes at the Games, with Ohlsen making his first Games podium, and BKG matching his 2015 podium finish at the Games.

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Morning Chalk Up Announces Official Media Partnerships with 8 Sanctionals


Today, the Morning Chalk Up announced Official Media Partnerships for eight Sanctionals during the 2019-2020 CrossFit Games season that will give CrossFit fans exclusive access to the biggest events of the season. 

“We are extremely proud to be partnering with each of these Sanctional events,” said Justin LoFranco, Morning Chalk Up’s Founder and CEO. “We have built the best team of sports reporters dedicated to bringing fans closer to the sport of CrossFit. These agreements will bring fans unparalleled access to event coverage they can’t get anywhere else.” 

Morning Chalk Up expands partnerships from two events in the 2018-2019 season to eight, with more discussions on the way. 

What this means for CrossFit fans. 

At each one of these events, Morning Chalk Up reporters and staff will be present to give fans exclusive access to stories, interviews, videos and daily updates. Fans will also have access to watch livestreams from many of these Sanctionals directly on and YouTube

  • Each Sanctional will have custom coverage in their own event content hub with livestream embeds (as available), live updated leaderboard, stories and content. 

Official Media Partnerships

  • Filthy 150 – November 20-24, 2019 (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Pandaland CrossFit Challenge – December 7-8, 2019 (Chengdu, China)
  • Norwegian CrossFit Championship – February 14-16, 2020 (Gol, Norway)
  • Australian CrossFit Championship – March 5-8, 2020 (Queensland, Australia)
  • CrossFit Atlas Games – March 13-15, 2020 (Montreal, Canada)
  • CrossFit German Throwdown – March 28-29, 2020 (Berlin, Germany)
  • Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Championship – April 17-19, 2020 (Washington, D.C.)
  • Down Under CrossFit Championship – May 22-24, 2020 (Wollongong, Australia)

To get in touch with Morning Chalk Up about being an official media partner, please contact Justin LoFranco.

Things To…


WATCH: Armen Hammer Goes Behind the Scenes
Armen Hammer joined Greg Glassman and long standing affiliate owners at the CrossFit Affiliate Summit in Whistler. Check out Armen’s swag bag, hear him sit down with some of the top affiliate owners, and watch them all throw down with various activities.


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Chalk Up Community

  • GAINZ BOX VETERAN BOX — Veteran-owned Gainz Box will feature all veteran-owned brands in their October box. They are also donating to 22 Kill, a suicide prevention non-profit organization serves United States military veterans. To help raise funds and awareness, they are doing a 22 pull-up challenge: post a video up of you doing 22 pull ups, tag Gainz Box and 22kill, then challenge some friends. 
  • RESTART A HEART DAY — Roanoke Valley CrossFit and other gyms in the Roanoke, VA area are participating in the World Restart a Heart Day on October 16. A team-based workout has been developed on behalf of the Compress and Shock Foundation to promote awareness of cardiac arrest and CPR with early use of an AED. Any participating CrossFit box would be eligible to purchase an AED at a discounted price (30-40% off retail).
  • O2 WANTS YOU — O2 is hiring a content wizard. Shocked to find that the student population at Hogwarts is seriously lacking in CrossFitters, O2 is hiring a content wizard for their marketing team. If you’re reading this and thinking “I could’ve written something far better” you’re EXACTLY the kind of person they want to talk to. Email them a cover letter and resume if interested.
  • ADAPTIVE CROSSFIT CLINIC — CrossFit 616 in Grand Rapids, MI is hosting an adaptive CrossFit clinic this Saturday. The class is open to people of all physical or cognitive disabilities, with professional coaches and a certified recreational therapist. The class is $20 and you must register ahead of time.

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

Tasia Percevecz front squats 265 poundsJason Day back squats 375 pounds for six • Brent Bozarth gets his first muscle-upSean Hutchinson cleans 255 pounds for five • Bronisław Olenkowicz split snatches 265 pounds • Congratulations to Justine Beath on her baby announcementKirk Gibson deadlifts 700 pounds for two for a PR • Marlon Azurdia deadlifts 495 pounds for two • Roy Gamboa power snatches 280 pounds.

…and if this highlight reel from the Phoenix Unbroken competition doesn’t get you pumped for some fitness this weekend, we don’t know what will. 

Fly Emirates, Watch Fittest in Dubai — Yesterday, Dubai CrossFIt Championship announced that their documentary, Fittest in Dubai, is now available on Emirates flights:

— “We are proud to announce that “Fittest in Dubai” is now available on Emirates inflight entertainment! Release on other platforms coming soon.”

Taking Your Fitness Outside — At Morning Chalk Up, we’re big fans of taking your fitness outside. Justin LoFranco, our Founder and Editor-in-Chief, is also an avid mountaineer, which is why we also read things like this article from REI on how to train for rock climbing and bouldering.

— “From your forearms to your feet, you fire up a lot of different muscles when you climb. Rock climbing and bouldering require power for explosive movements, balance to traverse or move up a rock face, endurance to sustain you through long climbs, and a stable core to help you climb better and more efficiently.”


“CrossFit Mayhem Helps Launch Global Push for Amrap 4 Autism,” by Jessica Danger, Morning Chalk Up 

Two weeks ago, CrossFit Mayhem was packed with more than sixty teams of two, fighting their way to the top of the leaderboard in a workout that Rich Froning personally wrote, alongside Kristin Miller, with Tia Toomey and Shane Orr on the sidelines. But this was no ordinary class. This was the first Amrap 4 Autism in their newly launched global initiative, kicking off their expansion with none other than CrossFit Mayhem.

Amrap 4 Autism was founded in 2012 by Rudy Thoms, whose son Landon was diagnosed as severe non-verbal autism at 18 months old. He’s eleven now and Rudy’s inspiration. Thoms hosted a fundraiser at CrossFit S3 in Fort Mill, South Carolina and raised $8,000 to donate to Autism Speaks. The next year they doubled that and by the third year, Thom realized he was onto something. So they started Autism Strong, whose mission is to provide the strongest support, community and hope for those touched by autism through four core values: acceptance, encouragement, faith, and hope.

Thoms and Autism Strong continued to put on Amrap events, with the goal of reaching ten events in and around the Charlotte area. And then, they had an even bigger idea: go global.

“For me, the statistics speak for themselves. One out of every 59 children in the US has autism. These are our children and we must do everything we can to pave a way for a better future for them. That’s why we are going nationwide and soon global,” Thoms told Morning Chalk Up. “We designed Amrap 4 Autism so that the money raised in that community goes back directly into that community. So in Michigan, the funds went to Michigan… in Indiana, they went to Indiana, etc. this really helps members make a difference in their own community and is very unique for a national nonprofit.”

Thoms had his eyes set on a big goal to launch their nationwide expansion, CrossFit Mayhem in Cookeville, Tennessee.


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: Battle of the Ages (Dallas, TX)
10/5: SuperFit Games (Washington, DC)
10/6: Barbells and Babes Liftoff (Middletown, NY)
10/6: My Mommy is Stronger Than Your Mommy (Houston, TX)
10/12: Push Pull For Pancreatic Cancer (Elgin, IL)
10/16: 2019 Graveyard Games (Kenosha, WI)
10/19: Battle for the Bell VIII: End Bell (Southbury, CT)
10/19: HYROX Miami (Miami, FL)
10/26: CrossFit Turbine’s 2019 Strongman Classic (Carol Stream, IL)
10/26: CrossFit Roots Anniversary Party (Boulder, CO)
11/2: Best of the Wurst (New Braunfels, TX)
11/2: Gangs of the Midatlantic Team Competition (Williamsburg , VA)
11/2: Second Annual 12-Hour WODathon (Houston, TX)
11/2: Coed Clash Competition (Oneonta, AL)

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