The CrossFit Games are the ultimate test of fitness. It's a grueling two-day competition in which the world's fittest athletes compete in a variety of workouts. What are the workouts? Each year they change, and the details of them are not announced until a couple days before the event. This means that all year long, the athletes are training for a competition whose format is almost completely a mystery.
The 2010 Games are limited to 50 men and 50 women, all of whom need to qualify to enter. The top five men and women from the 2009 Games are automatically qualified. All past champions are automatically qualified if they wish to compete. The other 43-45 competitors have to qualify in their Regional Qualifier. There are 13 Regionals around the world, and each Regional will send the top 1 - 7 athletes (men and women) to the Games, depending on the size of the Regional.
This year, for the first time, there are Sectional Qualifiers feeding most of the Regionals. In other words, most of the Regionals are open only to the top competitors from their respective Sectionals. From early February to late March, 2010, there will be approximately 30 Sectionals. Most Sectionals will send the top 10 - 20 men and women to their Regionals.