Wodapalooza Is Officially A CrossFit-Sanctioned Qualifier

Noah Ohlsen, Travis Mayer, and Will Moorad At WZA 2018

CrossFit has been making waves like a hurricane, and the news just keeps on coming: Wodapalooza is now an officially sanctioned partner with the governing body. What that means is that the world's premier fitness festival, held each year in Miami, is now an official partner with the governing body of the sport.

In other words, this is pretty much the greatest thing that could've happened.

Already in the last couple months CrossFit has announced — not really in detail, of course — their designs for a complete overhaul of the system, as well as the fact that Granite Games which will be a sanctioned qualifier

Wodapalooza brings together an incredible community and elite athletes to compete in and enjoy Miami. With over 25,000 spectators and nearly 1,500 athletes representing over 30 countries, Wodapalooza is the best place on earth to be each January. Pairing that with CrossFit is a match made in heaven.

If you're suddenly feeling nostalgic and want to binge-watch some past Wodapalooza action, here are the links for past events:

2015 Wodapalooza

2016 Wodapalooza

2017 Wodapalooza

2018 Wodapalooza

Here's the official announcement:

CrossFit, Inc. Officially Sanctions Global Fitness Festival Wodapalooza Miami

Fitness Festival Will Qualify Athletes to 2019 CrossFit Games

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., October 1, 2018 — CrossFit, Inc. today announced that Wodapalooza, a global fitness festival and inclusive competition, is joining the roster as the 7th event to be sanctioned by CrossFit. In 2019, Wodapalooza’stop male and female individual competitors, as well as the top four-person team, will qualify to the Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin. The much-anticipated announcement recognizes Wodapalooza’s history as a popular, diverse, and community-driven festival. Wodapalooza is the latest community-based competition to join the growing ranks of newly-sanctioned CrossFit competitive events around the globe. 

The Wodapalooza Fitness Festival takes place every January in Miami, Florida, and has become a popular destination for the CrossFit community. “Wodapalooza brings its distinctive character and culture to the CrossFit Games season,” said CrossFit founder and Chairman Greg Glassman. “They figured out that Miami in winter — sun, bathing suits, balconies, and bright lights atnight–is a world-class destination for showcasing the fittest and healthiest people on earth. It’s a party.” 

Wodapalooza attracts tens of thousands of attendees from all over the world each year to participate in and watch their fellow athletes compete across 40 different competitive divisions, including the world’s most elite.“This partnership represents a new chapter in our history, and we look forward to working with CrossFit to continue bringing our partners, spectators,and competing athletes an unforgettable event and competition in January,” said Matt O’Keefe, President of Loud and Live Sports (a division of Loud and Live, Inc., owner of Wodapalooza).

For the full release, go here.

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