GREAT FALLS — Great Falls will host its first-ever open CrossFit competition later this month.
The event, dubbed the “Electric City Throwdown,” is hosted by Great Falls-based RPP Fitness and will be held at Centene Stadium on Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event is the first of its kind in central Montana, following the blueprint of several popular events in Butte, Billings and Bozeman. Athletes from around the state will compete in three events, called WODS (Workout of the Day), involving various aerobic exercises, calisthenics, weightlifting and gymnastics.
Participants will compete as teams of two (one male and one female) in either RX (as prescribed) or scaled divisions to match their abilities. Grand prize for first place is $1,000.
But the event is not just for competitors. RPP Fitness owner and operator Christian Nichols encourages spectators to come to Centene and watch.
“It’s just a great opportunity to kind of learn about what CrossFit is,” Nichols said. “Come out, watch, and be amazed at what these athletes are capable of doing, hopefully spark some interest and give one of the gyms around the state a call.”
There is a lot of statewide interest in CrossFit with ratings for the 2018 CrossFit Games increasing every year, so Nichols hopes the Electric City Throwdown will only grow from here.
“Would like to make it a two-day event next year,” he said. “As we grow with the event, we’re hoping so does the cash prizes and everything else. Hopefully this turns into an annual event.”
For more information, or to register visit the event Facebook page.