2008 CrossFit Games in Aromas at The Ranch
The Cave has been involved in the CrossFit Games in some fashion since the beginning. If you watched the video in the CrossFit Games History post you’d know that the Games started in 2007 at The Ranch in Aromas CA. We had a couple athletes compete that year. It was great. A small group of athletes putting this crazy CrossFit protocol into a competitive format to see who was the best. The vibe was great. Everyone just wanted to be involved and help out. This games featured the hopper workout which was literally generated at random on the spot during the games.
In 2008 we had a few more folks compete. This time the first day consisted of three workouts which completely blasted our legs. Day two was the 30 squat clean and jerks which made Jason Kalipha famous. He was in the very back of the final heat of the workout and blazed through completely shocking everyone. The CF media team didn’t even have a camera on him because there was no way this guy could win. Whoops.
In 2009 due to size limits the first regionals was created. Another group of us went down to compete including Bill B. who qualified to the CF Games Masters Final in 2011. In 2009 there was no masters category so he was competing with the young bucks. But he was there. The games that year consisted of 7 workouts. The athletes had a brutal task list to complete. This included the infamous row/stake drive workout.
2010 brought sectionals, regionals and The Games. With the growth the series of qualifying events was going to become extensive. We brought a team to regionals at UCLA that year. This was Amanda N’s first introduction to the Games. Ask her about ring dips sometime. We had a great time down in LA and our shining moment was in a tire flip, log carry event. We came in second in our heat and should have won due to some really shady judging, and yes we have video to prove it. This was also the first year the Games was held at the Home Depot Center.
2011 was the year of the first CrossFit Games Open. Thousands of competitors submitting results online as the first qualifying step was a brilliant way to economize the qualification process. CrossFit was born out of the web and it makes sense that the web would be used in its premier competition. This year Bill B. qualified to the games in the 55-59 age category. Number 569, we have the Berry gear that a few of us sport from time to time. It was great to see him compete against the fittest old dudes in the world.
2012 the CF Games exploded. Tens of thousands of athletes competed in the Open. We sent Amanda N. to regionals and Rich L. to the Games. Rich qualified in the exact same position Bill did the previous year. Due to that he also was number 569. So, someone else better do the same this year because we have a streak going.
The 2013 Open is upon us. We’ll be running competitive WODs in the gym regularly. As many as possible should participate. It is a lot of fun and your capability may surprise you. Rich L. is gunning for another trip to the Games in the 55-59 category, Bill B. has a really good shot moving into the 60+ category, and we have a few other possible opportunities to get some athletes going forward to further qualifying rounds of the Games. Sign up.
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