By Colin Farrell
The Open is the most egalitarian sporting event in human history. In 2017, over 300,000 athletes registered. In just five weeks, that field is narrowed down to the few hundred fittest athletes on the planet.
The PCF Intramural Open, however, is designed to ensure that the Open is not just a test of our fitness, but–more importantly–a tool by which we grow as a community. For 99.9% of the athletes that participate in the Open, our official CrossFit Games season ends after those 5 weeks in February and March. After those 5 weeks, everyone who participated should enter the off-season excited about their accomplishments, the friends they made, and confident in knowing what they must do to improve their fitness and, therefore, their health, over the coming year.
Patriot and Potomac CrossFit will be divided into 6 teams. Each team will compete with one another across The CrossFit Games Open. However, teams will not only compete with another on the floor of the gym…
The CrossFit Games Open has 5 workouts–5 scored events. The PCF Intramural Open will have 8 scored events. The three additional events will be community-based. Only the top-performing athletes during workouts 18.1 through 18.5 affect the overall team score on the leaderboard. During the Intramural Open, here at PCF, athletes of all capabilities will have an opportunity to affect the score in events 6, 7, and 8.
Event 1: 18.1
Event 2: 18.2
Event 3: 18.3
Event 4: 18.4
Event 5: 18.5
Event 6: A mystery, for now…
Event 7: Community Engagement
Event 8: The Spirit of the Open
Event 6 shall remain a mystery until the night of The Draft (more on that later). The Community Engagement event, Event 7, will be scored based on your team’s, well, community engagement. Teams will earn points by completing non-CrossFit Open related activities or tasks. For example, if X-number of athletes from your team goes out for a happy hour together, you will earn a set number of points. If x-number of athletes from your team do a non-CrossFit-related fitness activity together (say, go climbing at Earth Treks on a Sunday afternoon), your team will earn points. If your members of your team come on a Thursday night during an Open workout announcement to cheer on other competitors, that team will earn points. The team with the most Community Involvement points at the end of 5 weeks will win Event 7.
Event 8 is a special event. After Week 3 of the Open, the captains of each team will submit the name of one member of their team for consideration to win the “Spirit of the Open” award. All participating athletes, between Weeks 3 and 4, will vote on who most embodies the Spirit of the Open and, thus, has earned the award. Teams will not be permitted to vote for the member of their own team. The Spirit of the Open award has nought to do with increased work capacity and fitness. It is earned with a great attitude, hard work, and a caring for others that goes well beyond average kindness and courtesy.
Teams will be picked on the night of The Draft, February 1, 2018. Prior to the draft, PCF coaching staff will have hand-selected one captain to lead each team. Every athlete that has already registered for the Open on the CrossFit Games website will be eligible for the draft. PCF Coaches are eligible for the draft, but must be chosen after all members have been selected by team captains.
Thursday Night Throwdown. Each week during The Open, athletes from specified teams will square off on Thursday night, right after the workout is announced (around 8:15pm):
Week 1: A vs. B
Week 2: B vs. C
Week 3: C vs. A
Week 4: Potomac vs. Patriot
Week 5: A vs. B vs. C
In Weeks 1, 2, 3 athletes from each specified team will go head-to-head on Thursday night. In Week 4, two athletes from each team will go to the opposite gym to complete the workout (Patriot athletes will go to Potomac, Potomac athletes will go to Patriot). In Week 5, a few athletes from every team will compete on Thursday night. Athletes that do not compete on Thursday night will have the opportunity to throw down on Friday at Patriot or Saturday at Potomac.
Friday Night Lights. Athletes that do not complete the workout on Thursday night will have the opportunity to complete The Open workout at any regularly-scheduled class at Patriot.
Saturday Showdown. Athletes that do not complete the workout on Thursday or Friday will have the opportunity to complete The Open workout at any regularly-scheduled class at Potomac.
Whether you started CrossFit 10 days ago or 10 years ago, the Open and the Intramural Open here at PCF have something to offer. You, regardless of your experience, have something to contribute to the community around you in so many ways. It is an exhausting and exciting five weeks, and I hope you will consider joining us.
Are you in?