CrossFit athletes will be prepared for anything at Roseville competition

By: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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What goes into a CrossFit competition? That won’t be known until Saturday morning, when the fourth annual Sac-Town Throwdown commences at the Placer County Fairgrounds.

Blair Morrison, owner of the new CrossFit Anywhere workout facility in Roseville, said the events are kept secret until a day before the competition to prevent people from preparing for them.

“But in general, there are elements of weightlifting, elements of endurance training of up to an hour of constant effort, strongman elements, gymnastics, plus other, more technical things to measure accuracy, balance and power output,” Morrison said.

For example, there was a gymnastics skill ladder last year that began with somersaults and became increasingly difficult: three straight pull-ups, a muscle-up on the rings, walking on the hands for 10 meters and a front lever on the rings.

“The further up the ladder they got, the more points they got,” Morrison said.

Five events — three main events in each division and two floaters — are scheduled on Saturday. The top 12 teams in each division compete in the finals Sunday.




When/Where: Saturday and Sunday at the Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All American City Blvd. Gates open at 7:15 a.m.

Saturday: Heats run from 9 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.

Sunday: The finals run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Teams: There are 96 teams in three divisions — 34 open, 36 novice and 26 masters — and 382 athletes.

Tickets: A weekend ticket costs $15 for adults and $5 for children from walking age to 12 years. Tickets can be purchased with cash only.