Atlas Games Cancelled, More on Reebok Nano X

We get sad but candid news from the CrossFit Atlas Games. The Age Group Online Qualifier results have been pushed. And very few people, it turns out, have tried on the Reebok Nano X.

Good morning and welcome to the WODDITY podcast for news about CrossFit. We are a daily podcast, Monday through Friday, doing CrossFit news in five minutes or less.

My name is Ben Garves and today is Wednesday, the 15th of April, 2020. 

Atlas Games Cancelled

Due to local regulations, the CrossFit Atlas Games wrote on Instagram yesterday that they’re likely postponing the event until the 2021 season. They were very honest about what this means for the event financially, so I wanted to read their post to you here. Especially the content regarding refunding tickets.

Atlas Games writes:

“If you live in Quebec or Canada, you now know that events and festivals must abide by certain restrictions that either come from the city of Montreal or the Quebec government. Sporting events, with certain exceptions, will not be able to take place before August 31st. This was made public in the last few days. This date could also change depending on how the covid-19 situation is evolving.

We have been working for weeks now to find the best solution concerning the CrossFit Atlas Games. As mentioned before, we are trying to be as transparent as possible, which is why, today, we would like to inform you of the following.

In regards to the latest news and the evolution in Canada and the USA, the CrossFit Atlas Games took the decision to postpone the event to an undetermined date. It is possible that this date be in 2021, even if we would obviously prefer to keep it in the 2020 calendar year.

As you probably realise, the cancellation of the event in March has had huge financial repercussions to our small organisation. Whether you were participating as an athlete, spectator, vendor or collaborating partner your support is now crucial to the survival of this Sanctional and therefore our business.

Again, in all honesty, if we had to reimburse everyone, it would mean the end of the CrossFit Atlas Games. We are simply unable to reimburse everyone involved in this adventure. We never thought it would have to come to this, but this is our reality. A reality very different from other Sanctionals because of the timing of our event and covid-19’s evolution.

We have therefore tried to devise a solution, which isn’t perfect, but we hope it can be a good compromise for everyone.

Your constant support is absolutely extraordinary and without precedent. It is thanks to your contributions that we will successfully bring everything back on its feet rapidly. Of course, as we have been doing since the cancellation, we will continue to keep you regularly informed of all developments surrounding the competition. Our entire team wholeheartedly thanks you.

Specific communication to spectators, athletes, sponsors/exhibitors and other participants will follow by email.”

Age Group Online Qualifier Video Review

CrossFit tossed out a press release yesterday regarding the video review for the Age Group Online Qualifier (AGOQ). Originally slated to be completed by early April, the team has updated their goal to have penalties and adjustments by April 29th and the leaderboard finalized by May 11th. They cite efforts in trying to support affiliates through temporary closure as the source of the delay.

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Reebok Nano X Updates

Now, here are some additional stories we’ve seen pop up regarding the Reebok Nano X after its May 5th release date was announced yesterday. We saw both BarBend and Footwear News weigh in on whether it’s truly the most versatile shoe out there. One small caveat to this – neither of the two authors have tried a pair on. Just saying.

That’s it for news about CrossFit for Wednesday, April 15th. Thanks for listening. Please be sure to rate, review, subscribe, and share. For WODDITY, I’m Ben Garves. Behave yourselves out there.

By Ben Garves

Ben Garves is a digital product expert, author, entertainer, and activist. His portfolio of thought leadership in digital marketing and web experiences has included major clients like Microsoft, Google, Twitter, eBay, and Facebook. He’s also a freelance health and fitness journalist with over 400 stories written since 2018, a podcaster with 200 episodes to his name, and runs a YouTube channel with over 100 fitness and activism-oriented videos and live streams. Ben has founded the Fitness is for Everyone™ initiative to raise awareness about social injustice in both racial inequality and socioeconomic disparity in access to quality fitness and nutrition options around the globe.