STAGE 1: The Open
Five Weeks | Feb. 25 – March 28, 2016
16.1: Feb. 25 – 29
16.2: March 3 – 7
16.3: March 10 – 14
16.4 March 17 – 21
16.5 March 24 – 28
Registration for the Open begins Jan. 14, 2016.
More than 272,000 people from around the globe competed in the Open last year. As the largest CrossFit community event of the season, the Open ties together athletes from within the same gym to those in their broader city, country and world.
For five weeks, you—and the hundreds of thousands of other people who signed up—are at the whim of the Director of the Games Dave Castro, taking on workouts that may push you to learn a new skill, improve the skills you already have or go into a darker place than you’ve ever been before.
The Open welcomes anyone 14 to 100 years old. (We’ll take any centenarians, too.) All you need to do is sign up, and enter a score each week. You can complete the workouts at a participating CrossFit affiliate in front of a judge, or film your performance from anywhere you want and submit a link as proof.
To make the Open even more accessible, we introduced a scaled option in 2015. Each time a workout is released, athletes will be given two versions: Rx’d and Scaled. The Scaled-workout option is designed to be accessible to the majority of people who attend CrossFit affiliates. If you do CrossFit, there’s a very high chance you can do the Open, too.
Workouts are released each week on Thursday at 5 p.m. PT, and athletes have four days or 96 hours to complete the workout and submit their score. Scores are due before 5 p.m. PT that Monday.
The fittest athletes will advance to the next stage of the season.
STAGE 2A: The Masters Qualifier
Thursday – Monday | April 21 – 25
The Open narrows the Masters field from the thousands to the hundreds. The world’s top 200 masters athletes in each age division in the Open will be automatically invited to compete in the online Masters Qualifier in April.
This four-day competition will further test the athletes. This time, it’s not one workout per week but several workouts packed into a long weekend.
Land a spot in the top 20, and you will be invited to compete in Carson, California.
STAGE 2B: The Regionals
Three Weekends | May 13 – 29
The best of the best from each region in the Open will be invited to compete in the regional competitions in May. The number of athletes invited from each region varies:
- Twenty men, 20 women and 15 teams will advance from regions in the U.S. and Canada.
- Thirty men, 30 women and 20 teams will advance from Europe and Australia.
- Ten men, 10 women and 10 teams will advance from Latin America, Asia and Africa
The 17 regions feed into eight regional competitions, which means that athletes compete with others from one or two other regions.
The 2016 Regionals will be held over three weekends in May. Each regional will take place over three days, with events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Weekend 1: May 13 – 15
California Regional | NorCal and SoCal
South Regional | LatAm, South Central, South West
Pacific Regional | Australia and Asia
Weekend 2: May 20 – 22
West Regional | North West and Canada West
Atlantic Regional | Mid Atlantic and South East
Weekend 3: May 27 – 29
Central Regional | Central East and North Central
Meridian Regional | Europe and Africa
East Regional | North East and Canada East
The host cities will be announced soon and added to this article.
The top five men, five women and five teams from each regional will advance to the Games.
STAGE 3: The Games
One Week | July 19 – 24
For the seventh year, the CrossFit Games will return to the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The week of the Games begins Tuesday, July 19, and runs through Sunday, July 24.
Teenage and Masters Competitions
Tuesday – Thursday | July 19 – 21
Individual and Team Competitions
Wednesday – Sunday | July 20 – 24