I went to this strange event today. Interestingly, the usher at the event parking asked me if I were going to "CrossFit" before ushering me to the parking spot. Needless to say this was NOT CrossFit, but it certainly feels like it. It's GRID. Co-ed teams compete in series of races: they snatch and clean barbells, muscle up on rings and a bar etc. This goes on for two hours.
This match was in Prince George County's sport and learning center adjacent to FedEx field where Redskins play. The spectators were predominantly white and generally fit. Most of them were dressed as if they were going to compete themselves, not your typical sporting event crowd, drunk and constantly eating.
The whole experience was strange, as I wrote. It reminded me of our sporting events in high school: a hodge-podge of random competitions, except these were all grown up people. I liked it though, and it was cheap: 25$. I think there were about thousand or so people attending.
I had a word and snapped a selfie with Igor Zaripov (http://www.igorzaripov.com/
). He said he's recovering after the surgery and will compete in the next event on Aug. 22. He's a really nice guy, holds several Guiness book records and performs in +Cirque du Soleil