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2019 WZA Miami Prize Purse

2019 WZA Miami Prize Purse

By News, WZA Miami

2019 WZA Miami Prize Purse

Proving yourself at the Wodapalooza CrossFit Festival just got a lot more profitable. In addition to the collection of prizes from their partners, WZA is increasing the cash prize purse for athletes competing in Miami this January by over $100,000.

Not just podium finishers receive cash, but 1st – 10th place for both the Elite Individual & Elite Team of Four division.

2019 WZA Miami Prize Purse

As expected, it pays to be at the top. Winning WZA Miami as an Elite Individual will net $25,000. This is a $5,000 increase over 2018. Second place receives $15,000 (a nearly 50% increase) and third place receives $10,000 (double last year). The remaining fourth through tenth place collectively pays out $35,000.

For our new Elite Teams of Four division, first place receives $25,000, second – $20,000 and third – $16,000. Fourth through tenth place collectively pays out $23,500.

Elite Teams of Three don’t miss out on the action either. 1st – 3rd place will receive some major cash. 

And we didn’t forget about the Masters and Adaptive divisions! With the addition of the 50 – 54 division, and 55+, first place in each Master’s division will receive $1,000. Seated and Standing Adaptive Rx divisions also get a piece of the action, taking home $500 for first place.

WZA Miami begins by qualifying through the WZA Online Challenge and Qualifier. The Individual Challenge is going on now and the Team Challenge begins November 2nd. There’s still time to jump in on all of the action.


WZA Programming Collective

WZA Programming Collective

By News, Online Challenge, WZA Miami

Introducing the WZA Programming Collective

7 functional fitness programming arms, CompTrain, MisFit Athletics, WheelWOD, Street Parking, Team Soul Training, Deka Comp and Brute Strength came together to program the Wodapalooza season, starting with the WZA Online Challenge & Qualifier.

This is the first time a competition has collaborated with multiple industry experts to program an event.

The WZAOC begins October 3rd with the individual challenge. Don’t miss out:

WZA RX Teams Qualify For Regionals

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WZA RX Teams Qualify For Regionals

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Competing as an individual athlete can be a daunting challenge whether it’s in Miami at Wodapalooza, or at Regionals for the CrossFit Games.

Having skill is one thing, but working with others for the benefit of a team takes a lot of heart, communication, and practice. Some of the best Rx Team finishers at the Wodapalooza in 2018 went on to do well both individually and as members of teams during the CrossFit Open. Here are some athletes looking to compete in May for a chance to make it to the Games in August.

Sarah Viets – SinCity CrossFit

Sarah’s WZA Rx team Vegasstrong made their way to the podium finishing 3rd at Wodapalooza this January. Not surprisingly Viets is no stranger to team competition at the CrossFit Regional level. In 2016, Viets was part of the Regional team, SinCity CrossFit ,who finished 26th. This year, Viets has done quite well for herself during the CrossFit Open.  Viets finished as the fittest woman in Nevada and is sitting in 16th place in the South West Region. With an invite to land in her inbox soon, Viets will have the luxury of competing by herself or going back for a shot at the CrossFit Games with her team SInCity CrossFit who finished the year 11th in the South West.

Dillon Betancourt – CrossFit Soul Miami

Betancourt was part of an Rx team who took home a silver medal as Team Soul Incommunicado. This wasn’t the first time Betancourt stood on a podium for a fitness competition. In 2015, Dillon competed on Team FYF and in 2016 he was part of Team Soul who won the Atlantic Regional and went on to place 11th at the 2016 Reebok CrossFIt Games. As an individual, Betancourt had his best year ever in the Open finishing 87th in the South East and 38th in the state of Florida. Neither of these positions put him in a spot to compete in West Palm Beach at the Atlantic Regional this year, but his team, CrossFit Soul Miami sits in 11th place (the top 15 teams advance). There is a great chance Soul Miami will be in and then we’ll have to wait and see if Betancourt makes the cut as one of the two male athletes who will compete for a shot at a return trip to Madison in August.

Elise Fugowski & Nicole Ninomiya -Coliseum Strength

Fugowski & Ninomiya both were crowned as champions in Miami at Wodapalooza in 2018.  Each of them held their own in a tough North East Region which is loaded with a past champion and tons of former Games’ athletes. While neither will have a shot to compete as individuals (Fugowski was 37th and Ninomiya landed in 32nd – her best finish ever) their team Coliseum Strength finished comfortably in 6th place in the North East and 38th in the Worldwide which easily qualified them for the East Regional in Albany, NY this May. With only two spots for the ladies on this Regional team, if their Open scores are any indication (Fugowski’s score was used 3 times and Ninomiya’s scores were used 4 times) of their importance to this team, we’d expect to see them take the floor to compete at the Times Union Center.