My Regional Odyssey: The Preview

Our resident grinder is hitting the road for the CrossFit Regionals. Here’s what to look forward to this month.
By Jamie Toland, CF-L1 ,

I’m very fortunate to be able to work with CrossFit Games Media. Over the next three weekends, I’ll be traveling to the East Coast and then to Europe to work as a graphics assistant and athlete research expert for the CrossFit Games. Each week, I’ll fill you in on all the things I see and do on this incredible journey.

For now, here is my preview, before I ship out.

The past four years I have attended every single North Central (now rebranded the Central) Regional. Initially, I ventured to Chicago in 2011 to watch my coach and friend compete at Navy Pier. From that first experience, I was hooked. In 2012, I went back just to watch all the amazing athletes compete. I returned in 2013 to work in video media, and last year I worked as one of the head writers.

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This year will be different for so many in the CrossFit community, including myself, the athletes and spectators. With fewer venues and less spots for the elite to compete, Regionals (or Super Regionals, if you prefer) promise to produce a new and exciting show.

A show I’ll be a big part of.

Starting this weekend, I head to Atlanta to the Atlantic Regional. This combines the former South East and Mid-Atlantic Regionals. While there might not be as many “big-time” teams going into this event, the individual side shouldn’t disappoint. On the women’s side, Sam Briggs, Lauren Brooks, Emily Bridgers, Anna Tunnicliffe, Cassidy Lance and so many others will battle it out for five very hotly contested spots. The men’s field touts Ben Smith, Noah Ohlsen, Travis Mayer and Jordan Troyan, who are all returning Games athletes and will be tested as they work to secure a return trip to Carson, California, this July.

The following week will be the East (combo of the North East and Canada East) where there are a group of men’s athletes who might end up in the two to four spots, but everyone’s money seems to be on one guy to come out on top: Mat Fraser. The ladies boast Games veteran Michele Letendre in addition to Dani Horan and last year’s rookie Kelley Jackson. But the real question mark in the East will be how newcomer Chelsey Hughes and some new names from Canada, who all posted big numbers in the Open, will do in a Regional format. CrossFit New England will be back and is sending not one but two teams.

Week three, for me, will be the Meridian Regional (aka Europe and Africa). Obviously, the focus will be on Annie Thorisdottir because Sam Briggs has headed to compete in the United States. But there are a whole host of Icelandic ladies in addition to Kristin Holte who will go after four of the spots. The men’s side will be pretty wide open and could turn into a truly entertaining weekend because of the amount of young talent on the men’s side.

Three weekends, two countries and lots of airports. Keep coming back here throughout May and see what I’ve learned and experienced each week, and be sure to watch all the live action on games.crossfit.com.

Which Regional are you most excited to watch and why?

Stay on the Grind.

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