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Over 3,000 CrossFit athletes from 24 divisions will converge on the grounds of Bayfront Park in Miami, FL starting this Thursday for the tenth edition of the Wodapalooza Fitness Festival. The last major off-season event will offer these athletes one final test under the sun and lights of the Miami skyline ahead of the start of the 2022 CrossFit Open on February 24th.
What’s at stake: With over $500,000 in total prize money available to athletes, Wodapalooza is offering competitors in elite divisions a chance to earn a nice paycheck. Elite individual winners will take home $100,000, the third largest prize pool behind the Games and the Rogue Invitational and the most money the competition has ever paid out to champions.
Individuals also have a chance to earn an additional $1,000 in event winnings.
Total payouts for the individual elite finish
- $ 35,000
- $ 5,000
- $ 4,000
- $ 3,000
- $ 2,000
- $ 1,000
Teams also have an opportunity to earn some cash as WZA pays out the top five finishers in the Elite 3rd Division teams.
Total elite team of 3 finish payouts
- $ 5,000
- $ 3,000
- $ 1,500
Don’t be surprised if the stakes are raised at one or more of the events, as the organizers of the Dubai CrossFit Championship are known for sweetening the pot for the sake of competition. In 2018, organizers upped the stakes to $30,000 for the winner of the last event.
Who to see: The elite individual divisions include a total of 35 athletes from the women’s and men’s fields who competed in the Games as individuals, including two podium finishers. We’ve put together a full roster for these divisions including teams.
The Elite Men’s Singles Division: The men’s ranks include 43 athletes with 18 Athletes Games veterans, including seven who finished in the top 20 at last year’s Games. Nine countries will be represented, with the majority of athletes hailing from North America.
The Elite Women’s Singles Division: For the women, 42 athletes are confirmed for the competition. Sixteen of those athletes competed in the Games as individual athletes, including nine who competed in the 2021 Games. The women’s field is more international than the men’s field as 13 countries are represented, including seven from Europe.
The Elite Teams Division: WZA returned to their popular “Team of 3” format and as a result, many of the sport’s top names will be joining forces. There are 38 men’s and 37 women’s teams.
What to look out for: Four competition stadiums will be used at Bayfront Park for all competitors in all divisions to allow novices in the sport to compete on the same floor as their elite counterparts. Two workouts await the elite divisions on each of the four days of competition, for a total of eight workouts. In true WZA fashion, the program consists of classic CrossFit workouts featuring flips, a chipper, an elimination-style sprint event, as well as introducing new machines like the Flipsled and AssaultRower into their events.
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