Athletes flock to Hartford for Reebok CrossFit East Coast Regionals

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Athletes from all over the country are spending their Memorial Day weekend at the XL Center in Hartford for the Reebok CrossFit East Coast Regionals. The competition began around the world and is slowing being narrowed down.

The stakes are high. All the athletes’ hard work and dedication to CrossFit comes down to this weekend.

“You have to train for the unknown and the unknowable,” said **

Hundreds of thousands of CrossFit athletes from eight different regions around the globe enter to be part of an initial competition which tests their skills and endurance when it comes to the fitness craze.

“It’s a fitness competition and we are the sport of fitness, so we really test all areas: short, long, heavy, light, anything you can think of we test that,” said **

A couple hundred people then move on to the regional competitions, attracting people from the Northeast, Canada, and Latin America.

“Very high energy, competitive, competitive in the sense that you are performing against yourself to perform better,” said spectator Maria Granados.

Spectators have been showing up since Friday to watch the athletes in action. Many of them are into CrossFit themselves.

“I wanted a new challenge and CrossFit seemed like the perfect fit,” said Kyla Anderson.

“I’ve only been in CrossFit for about seven months, but I’m addicted and hope to go far,” said Faith Craatz.

Of the roughly 200 athletes taking part in the regional competition in Connecticut, only a select few will be able to go on to the CrossFit Games, which are essentially the finals. That’s where the winner will be crowned, showing they have the ultimate ability when it comes to cross fit.

The finals will be held in California in July.

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