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Southwest Podium Finishers Left Empty-Handed

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“We didn’t get anything.” Southwest Podium Finishers Left Empty-Handed


Athletes have called for an explanation from organizers after podium finishers at the  Southwest Championship were promised “cash prizes” and “sponsorship” but left empty-handed.

Dubbed as the “Regional of the Southwest,” the Southwest Championship was a competition run by Chaco Comrie from August 30-31 at Utah Valley University. 

Former Regionals athlete Tyler Eggimann won the men’s elite division and told the Morning Chalk Up “A lot of swag was promised for all the athletes and originally $50,000 of prizes.”

“The athletes didn’t get anything but a couple shirts and a name plate. It’s been almost a month and I haven’t gotten any of my prizes including $700 cash, a barbell and a few other things,” he said.

It’s a similar story for Nyko Flores who won the men’s RX division: “He promised us money for all divisions and gear and no one received anything,” he said. 

The Morning Chalk Up spoke to five podium athletes in both the RX and elite divisions and not one received a single prize at the event.

Empty promises.

According to the Southwest Championship’s Competition Corner event page, the prize pool included:

  • One year sponsorship for professional representation (for RX and elite, entry for Wodapalooza (WZA) or West Coast Classic 2020) or free entry into your next big comp.
  • Cash Prizes (No specifics on how much for each division)
  • Sponsor donations

The partnership with Loud and Live, who run WZA and West Coast Classic, wasn’t anything official and Loud and Live has made it clear they have no connections with the Southwest Championship.

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Norway Sweetens the Pot With Qualifier Prize Money


If the prospect of seeing the northern lights isn’t enough to convince you to throw your hat in the ring for the Norwegian CrossFit Championship qualifier, event organizers announced cash prizes and gear for each qualifier workout.

The details: Athletes and teams must attend the competition to receive payouts.

  • Male RX/Female RX/Team RX: €300 per event
  • Male RX/Female RX/Team RX: Overall online qualifier winner will get free hotel and food at the NCC.
  • Masters 35-39: Partner prizes
  • Masters 40+: Partner prizes
  • Community: Partner prizes
  • Community Scaled: Partner prizes

In case you forgot: The NCC is one of more than a dozen Sanctionals using the Open workouts for their qualifier.

The bottom line: The prizes will be paid in person at the NCC final in February, and athletes have to attend the event to receive their prize. With flights from the United States and Canada to Norway currently in the $400-$600 range, a couple wins in the qualifier helps offset the cost of the trip for elite athletes to make the trip to Norway.

A handful of events already offer prize money for their online qualifier, but more events finding ways to do so through sponsor money is a win for all sides. Athletes get help with the burden of funding their trips to compete, and events can provide incentives to draw talent to their competition through strategic partnerships with sponsors.

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  • EOD WARRIOR WODS — The EOD 136 Memorial Workout was created to honor the 136 EOD technicians who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 9/11. The workout is to be completed between October 1 and November 30. Angel Oak CrossFit on John’s Island, SC will complete the WOD November 23.
  • ADDICTION FUNDRAISER — On Saturday, October 5, CrossFit HYPE in Boca Raton, FL will hold Outwork Addiction Fundraiser 2. There will be food, raffles, local vendors, music and fun.

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

Happy birthday Jason KhalipaHappy birthday Heather Bergeron • Happy thirtieth birthday Amanda Ferguson • Congratulations on one year CrossFit ElevenSebastian Paz gets a clean PR at 285 pounds Andrew Bain cleans 353 pounds • Danielle Szpindor welcomes baby girl Peyton Stacey snatches 85 pounds for a PR • Seamus Keating gets a handstand push-up PR • Mike Anderson PRs his double unders • Congratulations to Jeremy Wheeler on his first bar muscle-up Happy anniversary to Caitlin and Tim Paulson.

…and if you’re not getting us water like this, we don’t want it.

Watch…In honor of day one of the official 2019-2020 NHL season, here is the top-ranked hockey fight of all time. 

Update to Sanctional Qualifications — With the Open just over a week away, several Santionals have announced changes to their qualification process. Morning Chalk Up’s Senior Games Analyst, Tommy Marquez, is keeping us all in the loop with our Definitive Guide to Qualifying for the 2019 – 2020 Season Sanctionals. 

— Sanctionals Updated: Pandaland CrossFit Challenge, SouthFit CrossFit Challenge, Norweigan CrossFit Championship, Wodapalooza, Reykjavik CrossFit Championship, West Coast CrossFit Classic, CrossFit German Throwdown, Madrid CrossFit Championship, Down Under CrossFit Championship, CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown, CanWest CrossFit Championship, Ashbury Summer Games, and Mayan CrossFit Championship. 

SHOTS FIRED…Five Ways that CrossFit Might Not Ever Get it Right — Emily Beers was in Whistler for the Ten-Year Affiliate Summit hosted by CrossFit. In a recent article for Breaking Muscle, Beers breaks down five ways she still thinks CrossFit is missing the mark.

— “He repeated the latter phrase multiple times during his address. He also spent a great deal of time talking about his opposition to, and fight, with the NSCA, the ACSM, the evils of Gatorade, hyponatremia and the nephrologists he loves.”

— “What was not addressed were the very real problems CrossFit affiliate owners and coaches face today, problems which have led countless affiliates to move away from the CrossFit brand and de-affiliate, or close their doors entirely.”

— “Currently, it’s nearly impossible to make a decent salary as a CrossFit coach. I speak with gym owners regularly, who have been paying themselves a barely living wage in the neighborhood of $40,000 a year for 7-plus years.”

RESPONSE…CrossFit’s Russ Greene responds to Beers’ article in a Medium blog post:

— “And what about CrossFit’s NSCA lawsuit? Does Beers acknowledge that CrossFit’s increasingly successful litigation is aimed at correcting the record and preventing the CrossFit brand from being further tarnished? Not once. Beers even belittles Greg’s focus on the adversaries who deliberately tarnished the brand.

— “Perhaps Beers does not think it’s a ‘very real problem” for affiliates that NSCA, ACE and ACSM spread the myth that they are dangerous…Had Beers acknowledged that CrossFit HQ has spent millions of dollars successfully defending the CrossFit brand against those who wished to defame it, she still could have objected to the approach.”

— “I do not think CrossFit Inc. is perfect. In fact, Greg spoke at length about how CrossFit Inc. has learned from past mistakes. Instead of recognizing the work CrossFit is doing to defend its affiliates, though, Beers attempts to paint CrossFit’s concern with its reputation and the health of CrossFit affiliate members as divorced from the day-to-day reality of CrossFit affiliates.”

Nuun Opens $2500 Award to Female Athletes — Nuun, the makers of hydration products like electrolyte tablets and powders, recently announced a new$2500 athletic scholarship opportunity for women.

— “A new award by the functional sports beverage company Nuun is creating more opportunities for women in sport to pursue their athletic aspirations. Open to both professional and amateur female athletes, applications for the cash prize of up to $2500 opened on Sept. 30 and will be accepted until Oct. 30.

— “Unlike other fitness grants, there are no limitations to how the prize money can be used. Childcare, professional coaching sessions, transportation and enhanced athletic gear are just a few of the examples cited in the application instructions on Nuun’s website.”

— Notable Names: Annie Thorisdottir, who is sponsored by Nuun, recently signed her contract with them, kicking off a trend of including pregnancy clauses for female athletes.

Win a Trip to Boston for 20.5 — You can enter to win a trip to Boston for the 20.5 Open announcement, presented by Reebok and CrossFit Filthy 150.

Saxon Brothers to Compete at CrossFit Winter Classic — Saxon, Spencer, and Scott Panchik will all be competing at the CrossFit Winter Classic in December. 

Project Purple Podcast — Project Purple is a non-proft dedicated to a world without pancreatic cancer. Their mission, which they help fund through CrossFit Fundraiser WODs, is to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and improve the lives of patients through support, hope, and compassion. Their podcast, the Project Purple Podcast, tells the stories behind those they serve.

— “Project Purple’s vision is a world without pancreatic cancer. We have two initiatives: to help pancreatic cancer patients and fund research. With a variety of partners in the health and fitness world, our podcast will deliver an exciting look into our own background as well as the worlds of medical treatment, marathon running, fitness, nutrition, stories of inspiration and hope, and much more.”


“From Footwear to Film Festival: The Motivation Behind NOBULL’s Latest Marketing Move,” by Brittney Kleyn, Morning Chalk Up 

NOBULL is proving to be just that.

The brand just announced its latest marketing venture, a NOBULL film to premiere at their very own Fitness Film Festival – to cap off a massive twelve months for the footwear and apparel company. 

Opened their first brick and mortar store in the chic New York neighborhood of SoHo, in addition to their pop-up store at their Boston HQ. Word is there are talks of a third location in Miami, FL in the works.
Added two CrossFit Games champions to their athlete roster: Katrin Davidsdottir and Tia-Clair Toomey.
Signed Carolina Panther’s QB Will Grier as their first non-CrossFit sponsored athlete.
The details.

The film will premiere on November 23 at NOBULL’s very own Fitness Film Festival in Brooklyn, New York City.

Head of Marketing Todd Meleney told the Morning Chalk Up: “At the event we will  premiere a film we’re in the process of creating, in addition to showcasing films made by the community.”

NOBULL’s rented out a massive warehouse space to be transformed into a theatre. The guests of honor will include the film’s stars and NOBULL sponsored athletes Tia Clair Toomey, Katrin Davidsdottir and Brooke Wells. The Festival will also be hosted by Rory McKernan.


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)
10/6: 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 Midwest Team Competition (Williamsburg , VA)
11/2: Second Annual 12-Hour WODathon (Houston, TX)
11/2 – 11/3: EasyActive Games (Delft, Netherlands)

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