The dates for Wodapalooza 2022 has been announced. The competition will run a bit earlier than in 2020 – January 13-16 in Miami, Florida.
The Wodapalooza is one of the highlights in the CrossFit competitive calendar, kickstarting the year. Although it is not a competition in which athletes must compete to be eligible for the Games, thousands of elite athletes compete for the prize purse.
In 2020, Tia-Clair Toomey and Pat Vellner won the competition. This year, the event was cancelled due to the pandemic.
Wodapalooza is a 4-day competition that is also open to Teens, Masters, Adaptive, scaled and beginner athletes.
Matt O’Keefe, president of Loud and Live Sports, announced that Wodapalooza would be a “stand-alone spectacle event and provide an awesome earning opportunity for athletes, and be an independent festival.”
As a stand-alone event, not linked with CrossFit Inc. any longer, it is uncertain what the prize purse of Wodapalooza 2022 will be. Last time, in 2020, winners of the elite individual and teams division got an invitation to the CrossFit Games., plus $50,000 and $20,000 for individuals and teams, respectively.
In order to compete on the floor in Miami, athletes and teams must qualify through a test of fitness, the Online Challenge & Qualifier. Usually, around 40 athletes and teams from each category go head-to-head in Miami.
Save the Date for Wodapalooza 2022
Individual Online Qualifier: October 4 – 13, 2021
Teams of 3 Online Qualifier: November 1 – 10, 2021
Wodapalooza Miami: January 13-16, 2022
Throughout the 4 days of competition, attendees have the opportunity to attend seminars with industry experts and visit more than 100 exhibitors.
2012 was the first year that Wodapalooza came to fruition. It was a 1-day event with 145 athletes and 500 spectators. In 2020, the 4-day event grew to 1,000 volunteers, 2,700 athletes competed and it gathered more than 35,000 spectators.
- Pat Vellner – Featured Image: Photo Courtesy of CrossFit Inc