Rope climbers, sandbag slingers and weight hoisters, your spotlight awaits.
An estimated 700 athletes from around the country will gather at the Travis County Expo Center this Friday and Saturday for the Fittest Games, hosted by Jeremy Thiel, founder of CrossFit Central.
They’ll be competing in events with (scary) names like Kong 2.0, Unicorn and Hell Sprint. In all, athletes will tackle six workouts designed to test 10 elements of fitness – strength, accuracy, speed, endurance, agility, power, stamina, flexibility, balance and coordination.
The event started nine years ago as a small-scale challenge that took place once a month in Austin, Buda, Burnet and Houston. It’s grown way beyond that. Athletes compete in six divisions – Men’s and Women’s Professional, Amateur, Masters, Intermediate and Scaled Divisions, or Team.
Last year’s first place finishers, Richard Bohlken and Alexis Johnson, will defend their titles. CrossFit Games’ veterans Brooke Wells, Candice Wagner, Jenn Jones, Jordan Cook and Nick Uranker will compete, too.
A donation-based charity workout benefiting The Flatwater Foundation will take place Saturday. The workout is open to the public, and all funds raised will go to the foundation, which works to provide mental support to families dealing with cancer.
Single day passes are $21.49; two-day passes are $31.74 through Jan. 28 here. The Travis County Expo Center is located at 7311 Decker Lane.