After the CrossFit Games Open, the fittest men, women, and teams from each of the 17 regions around the world will move on to the next phase of the competition – Regionals.

The 2013 Canada West Regional will be held on June 7-9 at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond, British Columbia.

Athletes and spectators will gather to see CrossFit competition in a more traditional format. There, under the critical eye of Level 1 judges, and in front of thousands in the stands, the best athletes of the region will prove their fitness.

Throughout the course of three days, each Regional will see athletes perform brutal combinations of workouts to test the range and depth of the athletes’ physical and mental capacitates. Athletes will give it their all, and after the end of the weekend, no more than three men, three women, and three teams will receive invitations to the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games.

For the second year, the format will be the same across regions. Everyone around the world will be able to compare their favorite newcomers with Games veterans, workout for workout, second for second, pound for pound. This will make for an exciting experience for athletes and fans alike.

Each year, fans come in droves and crossed borders to support their favorite athlete, family members, and friends. The same crowds who settled into the dirt hillside of the Ranch with a beer and a love for CrossFit can watch the Aromas-like competition at Regionals. Rain, wind, and record high temperatures will never stop CrossFit fans to show up and support the community.

With the tremendous growth of CrossFit around the world, competition is tough. Phenomenal athletes are coming out of the woodworks everyday. The Regional competitions have become as tough as previous years’ Games.

The athletes and fans know it’s no small feat to make it anywhere close to the Regional podium. They come out to see their athletes, “marred by dust and sweat and blood,” striving valiantly for their best.