2007 CrossFit Games “Hopper WoD” & Trail Run Events. And the 2008 Games Highlights
Long before Reebok got involved, long before the ESPN coverage, and the huge crowds at the Stub-Hub Centre in Carson, California CrossFit held its first ever edition of what we now know as the Crossfit Games.
These were the days when CrossFit.Com was the main source of programming for most people who did it. Any aspiring athlete used to wait with baited breath for the daily post and once they’d hit their WoD hard they went to their computer to post their score to the comments field.
This is where the community aspect of CrossFit was first born. People were making conversation with other posters on the comments field and rivalries were forming, all with good friendly banter mind you!
Early in 2007 CrossFit Creator & CEO Greg Glassman started to wonder if he could get some of the early Affiliates together. What would happen if he could all these Fire-breathers together for a “Festival of Fitness”. Could he find out who was THE Fittest?
And so it was born, Greg asked Level 1 Seminar Staff member Dave Castro if they could his families ranch in California as it was big enough to handle the expected 50 or so people who they thought would show up.
An advert went out on .Com, Just three WoDs for the entire weekend. $500 for first place, beers, BBQ, camping & truck load of camaraderie & fun was to be had.
The day came & over 100 athletes rocked up & another hundred more showed up to watch. They knew this was the start of something special.
The “Sport Of Fitness” has come so far in the time since. The very next year they again held the Games at Dave’s family ranch but the stakes were higher with more people now entering. This really was the eye opener that the Games could become a very big event on a very big scale.
Check out these clips & see what CrossFit was before all the attention it receives these days. Nostalgic stuff.
Next week? … we take a look at the 2009 & 2010 Games.
The “Hopper WoD”
Trail Run Event
Trailer for “Every Second Counts”, The story of the 2008 Games
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