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Highway to Hell: Sasquatch Throwdown Brings CrossFit Enthusiasts to Eugene

Published: September 04, 2013
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Hundreds of athletes competed in the Sasquatch Throwdown at PK Park

I've done Olympic weightlifting for about five years and like to consider myself one tough cookie. Friends of mine have encouraged me to try CrossFit, insisting that "you'll love it," but I've been somewhat skeptical. I like what I do. I lift and I run.

When the Eugene Emeralds announced earlier this year that they were planning a regional CrossFit tournament called Sasquatch Throwdown, I was admittedly intrigued. It sounded like fun, but a bit hardcore. When the event came to town August 17-18, I decided to check it out.

The location of the competition, PK Park, was a stroke of genius! As the home of the University of Oregon Ducks as well as the Eugene Emeralds minor league baseball team, it offered lots of complimentary parking, a beautiful new baseball stadium, great concessions, and hundreds of CrossFit enthusiasts. The events took place on the field, with great spectator vantages from the bleachers. It was a beautiful, sunny day - almost too beautiful and sunny, and I felt for the competitors out in the hot sun.

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Some of the best CrossFit athletes from all over the Northwest participated

With both men's and women's events, we were treated to an array of amazing athletes. From power snatches to lunges, burpees and jumping rope, these competitors were in peak condition. A variety of boxes (lingo for a CrossFit gym) were represented, so each athlete had their very own vocal cheering squad. From my own informal "survey," people had traveled from a wide range of Western states to compete.

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Men and women battled for a cash prize and the title of "Sasquatch Champion"

This was the first year of the Sasquatch Throwdown, and I hope to see this become an annual event! We work with sports events, both local and national, to make sure their experience in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region is both positive and successful. That's why it's so personally fulfilling to see new events get off the ground.

Oh yeah. My blog post title? That was the name of the song blaring across the park during the competition. Seemed very fitting for what these competitors were experiencing. I hope they got to enjoy a local beer and a massage after the event!

Author: Janis Ross

Combining her business experience with a love of sports, Janis was the Executive Director of Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports before becoming Vice President of Events & Experiences for the national Sports Events & Tourism Association. A native Oregonian, Janis grew up hiking, fishing and water-skiing in the beautiful natural venues that flourish in the Pacific Northwest. In her free time, she enjoys running, weightlifting, and exploring the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region.