ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is adding a new sport to its roster of events. The sport of competitive fitness, which is growing rapidly nationally and internationally, is coming to Walt Disney World Resort. The ESPN WWOS complex will host the inaugural Disney Fit Challenge this September.
Disney Fit Challenge will be a three-day event (Sept 26-28) involving athletes competing in different fitness challenges that test a participant’s speed, strength, skill, endurance, balance and power. Challenges are designed based on age and skill level with more experienced athletes competing in movements such as muscle-ups and double-unders while recreational participants compete in movements that may include box jumps, kettle bell swings, push-ups, squats and broad jumps. Competitors with the highest scores in their division and age group from the first two days advance to the final day of competition.
A Health & Fitness Expo will feature the latest fitness merchandise, products and apparel during the competition.
“Competitive fitness is one of the fastest growing sports domestically and internationally with hundreds of thousands of competitors with more and more getting involved every day,” said Mike Millay, Director of Sports Development for Disney Sports. “We have uniquely designed the Disney Fit Challenge so that there are a variety of skill levels and age groups which will allow every competitor to test their true fitness abilities while also having plenty of fun, and then celebrate their achievements with a family vacation at Walt Disney World Resort.”
Disney Sports is collaborating with I AM CrossFit, one of the leading competitive fitness organizations in the Southeast, on the staging of Disney Fit Challenge. The event is the first of its kind held at the ESPN WWOS Complex, which hosts more than 350 sports events each year, and builds on the complex’s wide variety of athletic events geared towards athletes of all ages and abilities.
This is exactly the sort of event ESPN WWOS should be hosting more of. Heck, why not a highland games (can you say Brave tie-in) or competitive gaming (sponsored by Disney Interactive, naturally). What type of sports competition would you like to see hosted at Walt Disney World?
Registration opens March 18, with competition slated for indoor and outdoor venues at ESPN WWOSComplex.