Grand Games competition brings CrossFit to Westfield

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Grand Games will return to Westfield from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 13 and will feature some of the nation’s fittest athletes.

“CrossFit crowns their person the fittest person on Earth, so these are some of the fittest athletes showing off their skills,” said Darin Moon, a founder and coach at ThriveFit, a Westfield-based CrossFit gym presenting the competition.

Last year, 200 athletes competed and were observed by approximately 700 spectators. The competition took up one field within the Grand Park Events Center, 19000 Grand Park Blvd., but this year it has expanded to two fields. Moon said in the future, he hopes the event will span multiple days.

Teams comprised of male-male or female-female compete against each other for the fastest times in different athletic events, such as running and an obstacle course.

“I think it’s a showcase of what someone can do,” Moon said. “It’s not just how many pull-ups you can do. It’s a fun way for people and their local gyms to come out and show off their skills.”

ThriveFit will have five teams from the gym competing.  The City of Westfield has partnered with ThriveFit to put on the event.

“I think the coolest thing is the city is behind it,” Moon said. “I think that’s really going to help us. Lots of gyms in the area throw lots of competitions, but this is something beyond that.”

Participating fee is $10, and the sign-up deadline is Oct. 10. Volunteers are still needed. For more, visit grandpark.org.

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