Mayhem Desert Heat, a two-day CrossFit festival hosted by Rich Froning Jr’s international brand Mayhem Nation, is coming to Ras Al Khaimah this November.
The event will take place on the Corniche and in Grove Village from November 12 to 13. It will be conducted in collaboration with RAK Leisure and CrossFit and will be open to spectators.
Mayhem Nation is the international brand from Froning Jr, a four-time Fitness Man on Earth, who won the CrossFit Games in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. This is the first Mayhem Nation event to be held outside the US and the brand hopes to make it an annual occasion.
There will also be seminars and clinics, a dedicated children’s fitness area, live entertainment, and dining outlets throughout the festival.
“We are proud to bring our first CrossFit festival to Ras Al Khaimah and join the emirate’s portfolio of world-class sporting and adventure experiences,” says Froning Jr.
“Our aim is to unite elite athletes and enthusiasts from across the world to celebrate and shine a light on CrossFit’s massive global growth over the past few years.
“The regional CrossFit community is ready for a challenge to push themselves even further, something that I have no doubt Mayhem Desert Heat will do. The destination’s rugged and diverse landscape provides immense potential, and we are already looking forward to expanding and hosting the event on a larger scale each year.”
In its first edition, Mayhem Desert Heat is expected to attract up to 160 pro and amateur athletes, who will battle it out over two days, while being cheered on by spectators, for a world-class experience. Hosted by five-year individual CrossFit Games veteran Dan Bailey, participants will take part in a rigorous series of high-intensity challenges based on body weight, gymnastics, and free weights.
Participation falls across two categories, the first consisting of 40 international elite athletes and the second of 80 amateur athletes (those able to complete the challenges with the prescribed weight and reps). Judged by a panel of 20 experts in the sporting field, participants will compete in heat throughout the day to reach the men’s and women’s final and win a cash prize purse of $150K.
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