CrossFit Game Day Comes to New Ulm

NEW ULM – The CrossFit Summer Showdown was held at the New Ulm Civic Center Saturday.

More than 90 athletes associated with 20 different CrossFit Gyms participated in the day’s events.

Athletes participated in teams of two in events designed to challenge the entire body. Each of the four events is balanced to require use of the entire body. Each event consists of multiple activities.

Teammates switch off jumping rope in sets of 10 or 20. Instead of running the teams must walk on their hands. Next, teams are asked to switch off on weight lifting.

Event organizer Dallas Clarksean said the idea is to find a person’s weakness. Each Game Day has a different mixture of events. The New Ulm competition incorporated more gymnastic movements than previous competition.

“The premise of CrossFit is to be well rounded in all things,” Clarksean said.

Game Day events are hosted by CrossFit gyms all across the country, but this is only second competition to occur in the area. The first local CrossFit Game Day was held in Mankato. It was Clarksean’s idea to bring Game Day to south central Minnesota with the help of Ben Janike.

Janike manages the CrossFit in Mankato and was intricate in helping Jeff Toomer opened a CrossFit in New Ulm earlier this year.

Both Clarksean and Janike were impressed with the turnout for the first New Ulm Summer Showdown and anticipate the CrossFit Game Day will return next year. Janike is hoping to organize another Game Day in Mankato sometime in November.

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