Three Tips to Running a Competition


Two weekends ago, I competed in a team competition at CrossFit Hard Knox.

I’ve competed in several competitions over the years and volunteered at another handful. This, however, had to be the best run event yet.

And that’s saying something. The final heat of the top five Rx teams didn’t end until 5 p.m. Over 60 teams – male/female – were run through 10 different heats in three workouts and a floater. It was a massive undertaking and, for the first event in CrossFit Hard Knox’s space, it made the success of it all the more impressive. I’d like to highlight a few things:

1. Communication

There was clear communication before and during the event. I was told about all the WODs and sponsors prior to the day of. Heat times and the lineup were posted as well. Any questions on the workouts were answered promptly and in detail. I received an email as well as a Facebook notification of the day’s instructions a couple days before the competition. They even pushed us to sign the waiver prior to the comp in hopes to speed up the registration process. Going into the day of the event, I felt well-informed and ready to take on the world.

2. Professional

Every volunteer and judge was professional. The head judge immediately took care of any issues that arose. The check-in was smooth, and I was told where to go. All the workers had shirts that said, “CrossFit Hard Knox Elf” which was not only clever but helpful in distinguishing who could answer my questions. In terms of layout, the lanes were clearly marked; they even had signs for our team names to be posted on the lane each heat. And the resetting of each lane, as well as transitioning between the workouts, was smooth and flawless.

3. Sponsors

CrossFit Hard Knox did a great job patting their sponsors on the back. They posted about each one leading up to competition day. Before we started, they thanked each sponsor and local business partner. Tables were set up in the lobby with sponsor products. And, there was a great raffle while scores were tallied that showcased their products as well. All in all, I felt like the sponsors were appreciated and all of the attendees were made aware of them.

So, I had a great experience at the competition. I felt like it was well run, like my money wasn’t wasted and I would definitely go back there to compete in another event. If you have an event coming up, I would challenge you to look at the above three points and grade yourself in each area. Then ask how you can improve.

Heather is the editor for Box Pro Magazine. Contact her at