Fire Team 5 Challenge & Fundraiser

February 1st, 2020

FTX CrossFit
1010 W. Geneva RD, Wheaton, IL 60187

A one day 4 person team competition
Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

Note the new date. Moved from May 16, 2020.

We’ve reduced the size of the event significantly to ensure plenty of space for social distancing. All equipment will be disinfected between heats. See our FAQ at the bottom for more Covid-19 precautions we are taking.

Register HERE

Description of Competition & Fundraiser

In the military the smallest unit is the fire team – a 4 person unit. On occasion, such as with a sniper pair or swim pair, special forces units will even deploy in pairs. But in either case, always operating as part of a greater effort. FTX stands for Final Training eXercise, which in the military are field tests to see if a unit is ready for deployment or Mission Ready. In that spirit, FTX CrossFit is holding its 5th Annual FireTeam Competition and Fundraiser on Saturday, May 16th for 4 person FireTeams. Come together as a community for a greater cause to help soldiers and their families that have suffered injuries or other hardship serving our country, and see if your FireTeam or pair is Mission Ready. Part of the proceeds will go the SEAL Legacy Foundation.

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Format of Competition

All FireTeams are MMFF Rx or MMFF Beginner/Intermediate – Each Fire Team will consist of 2 males and 2 females. There are 2 FireTeam divisions: Rx and Beginner/Intermediate. (Limited to 6 teams per division).

Each WOD will have different exercises that can be divided, assigned or done in different ways so as to be doable by anyone.

This competition is designed so that everyone should be able to find a  team and be able to compete. Everyone has strengths and weakness. In this competition teams will be able to effectively compete regardless of skill level or experience! Just do it and have fun!

There will be 3 main WODs on the day of the competition. There will also be 2 mini-WODs worth the equivalent of 1 main WOD. The mini-WODs will be short tests that will take 4 minutes or less each. The mini-WODs will be done in pairs. There will be 2 mini-WODs. Each pair on a Fire Team will select and perform one of the mini-WODs such that both are completed, i.e. each pair will do a different one.

Judges – All are L1 Certified or equivalent! We pay judges $50 + lunch + shirt. This results in a well-run and professionally managed event! (Judges will each judge 2 Heats in each of the main WODs and 4 heats in the mini-WODs. Each judge will work 10 heats.)
Volunteers – Lunch + shirt

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Entry Fee

$320 for 4 person FireTeam  (must register by Monday 8/10 to get shirts)
Entry fee includes: Competition and a shirt. No refunds for cancellations. Free parking. WE GUARANTEE YOU WILL BE DONE BY 2:30 PM OR YOU WILL GET A FULL REFUND!*

Register – HERE. Limited to 6 teams per division. We are keeping this smaller to better serve you, allow for plenty of social distancing and ensure a timely event. Sign-up today.


0700-0730 Volunteer and Judges Check-in
0730-0800 Athlete Check-in (Coffee and Snacks provided)
0800-0815 Opening Ceremony
0815-0830 WOD #1 Briefing
0830-0900 WOD #1
0900-0915 Break
0915-0930 WOD #2 Briefing
0930-1030 WOD #2
1030-1045 Mini-WOD Briefing
1045-1200 Mini-WODs
1200-1215 WOD #3 Briefing
1215-1330 WOD #3
1330-1400 Closing Ceremony

(Prizes based on 5 or more FireTeams per division. Otherwise they’ll be reduced accordingly and proportionally.)

1st Place FireTeam Rx – $640 320/ Beginner/Intermediate – $320 160
2nd Place FireTeam Rx – $320 Gifts / Beginner/Intermediate – $160 Gifts
3rd Place FireTeam Rx – 4 Gift bags / Beginner/Intermediate – 4 Gift bags

Overall Scoring

Overall score will be points per place (Fewest points wins). In this system, competitors will score as many points as their place in each workout.

Men’s Shirt & Women’s Tank (Must register by Monday, August 10th to get a shirt.)

WODs & Floaters

FireTeam WOD #1 “Water Run”

15:00 AMRAP
Standards for this WOD are the same regardless of Division or M/F

Buy-in: 1 mile run, then an AMRAP of:

  • 25m Shuttle Sprints, i.e. “Water Run”
  • AMRAP of Synchro KB Snatches & Burpees

The setup:

FireTeams will have 1 base garbage can filled with water, a 5 gallon bucket and two 16 oz cups. Teams will also have a stall mat with one each of the following kettlebells 35#, 55#, 70#.

The flow:

FireTeams will complete the buy-in and then start on the AMRAP tasks. FireTeams will have 2 people performing each task:
1) Sprints and 2) Synchro KB Snatches & Burpees
We will measure the Sprints by transferring water via cups from garbage can to bucket. Every minute on the minute pairs will switch tasks. Teams will get their cups at the 1/2 way mark of the buy-in run.

The tasks:

  1. Water run – These are 25m shuttle runs made into a straight-forward task of moving as much water from the large garbage can to the 5 gallon bucket as possible using two 16 oz cups. Run fast and don’t spill 🙂 This adds a fun element to 25m sprints. Sprinting is all about speed, but this variant adds balance, agility and coordination.
  2. Synchro Snatch and Burpees – FireTeams will have one person perform one-arm KB snatches while the other performs burpees. These are synchronized by bottom of burpee being coordinated with KB touching ground. Then athlete performing snatch will lift KB to the full locked out position and athlete performing burpees will do a burpee. The synchronization is required at the bottom of the movements only. Athletes will alternate rounds. Athletes may alternate which hand is used for snatches as desired. Reps required to complete a round are based on the weight of the KB:
  • 35# KB = 10 syncro reps
  • 55# KB = 6 syncro reps
  • 70# KB = 4 syncro reps


Score = lbs. of water (rounded down) + rounds of Synchro Snatches & Burpees

The score is determined by the full rounds completed of the Synchro Snatches & Burpees (only whole rounds count) plus 1 for each pound of water moved (rounded down to the nearest pound). A scale will be used to weigh buckets. 16 oz of water (1 cup) is about 1 pound.

Other rules:

All athletes do not have to be back from the buy-in to start the tasks. The water transfer task can be started by a single person, but the Synchro Snatches & Burpees does require 2 of the team’s athletes. Every minute on the minute (EMOTM) athletes will need to switch tasks. The EMOTM starts from the beginning of the WOD, not from when athletes return from the buy-in. So when athletes first return from the buy-in run, they may not have a full minute before having to switch tasks. Pairs may complete a Syncro Snatches & Burpee round before switching and they can also finish sprinting and pouring in cups already filled with water. But, athletes don’t have to complete either before switching if they don’t want to. For the water transfer there are two cups, and one athlete may use both cups, i.e. allowing the other athlete to rest. This will require a bit of team communication and timing in order to avoid having anyone standing around doing nothing.

Example: You could have your fastest runner get back and start the sprints (“Water Run”). Then as long as one other athlete gets back by the minute beep, those 2 athletes could switch to the Syncro Snatches & Burpees. The third athlete to get back from the buy-in run could then start on the sprints (“Water Run”), and then if the fourth athlete arrives before the next minute then the full team can continue according to the WOD flow. There are a number of ways this can play out, but the rules to be followed are:

  1. 2 athletes required for the Syncro Snatches & Burpees. Only 1 athlete required for sprints (“Water Run”).
  2. Athletes need to switch tasks every minute, i.e. when clock beeps EMOTM.
  3. If an athlete doesn’t have a partner for the Syncro Snatches & Burpees, then they have to wait.

As long as these rules are followed, a less than complete team can do the tasks while waiting for all to complete the buy-in run. Despite all the rules, this is a pretty straight-forward WOD of sprinting and Snatches & Burpees with a buy-in run. It will take some strategy and teamwork to excel.

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FireTeam WOD #2  – “Assault”

8:00 AMRAP

Standards for this WOD are the same regardless of Division or M/F.

Bike for Cals

Athletes will rotate turns on the bike. In order to get a turn on the bike athletes need to complete the following:

  • Two Rope Climbs (13′) or 8 burpee box jump overs 20″
  • Deadlifts according to one of the following combinations:
    275 lbs X 3 reps
    225 lbs X 5 reps
    185 lbs X 7 reps
    135 lbs X 10 reps


One athlete maximum per station, i.e. rope/burpee box jump overs, deadlifts and bike. Teams decide order of athletes and will maintain that same order throughout the AMRAP.

Score: Total Cals on Bike (Other reps are only a buy-in to get to the bike and do not count.)

FireTeam – WOD #3

12:00 AMRAP

Relay style with 2 athletes going at once. It’ll be fast-paced. Details to be announced at event, but movements are:

  • Rowing
  • Ball Cleans 10#-30#
  • Syncro Russian Kettlebell Swing 55-70#/35-55#


Each athlete will have to perform 1 mini-WOD. Mini-WODs are done as pairs. Each Mini-WOD will be performed by a Pair exactly once. The 2 Mini-WODs are the equivalent of 1 main WOD. The combined score of both mini-WODs will be treated as 1 main WOD.

Standards for the Mini-WODs are the same regardless of Division or M/F.

Mini-WOD #A – “To hell and back”

3:00 AMRAP
Buy-in = 50m Back & Forth Sled Pull-Push (225#) – 1 Person pulls / 1 Person pushes – Athletes switch who is pulling at 1/2 way point.
AMRAP of Tire Flips (Tires require the ability to deadlift about 150#)

Score = Reps of tire flips

Mini-WOD #B – “Biathlon”
Note: This WOD has been modified from what we originally posted. 🙂

4:00 AMRAP

1 Athlete is on Ski Erg for 2:00 for Cals
1 Athlete performs the following 2:00 AMRAP

  • 30′ Lunges (5′ = 1 rep)
  • 12 points of the following:
    • Strict HSPUs = 6 points
    • Kipping HSPUs = 4 points
    • HR Push-ups = 1 point
  • 30′ Sprint (15′ = 1 rep)

Athletes switch at 2:00

Score = Total calories erged + reps/points

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What are your Covid-19 restrictions and safeguards?

This event will be run both indoors and outdoors. Given the space available to us and the limited number of teams, we can ensure plenty of social distancing between teams, judges/volunteers and spectators. Please note that it will be difficult for the members within a team to effectively social distance. Masks are NOT required, and athletes are NOT allowed to wear a mask during a WOD. All equipment will be disinfected between events/heats.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes. Must be at least 14 to compete. If you are under 18 make sure that you come with a parent/guardian or have your parent/guardian sign our online waiver. Contact us for online waiver at 

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We have plenty of free onsite parking. We are located at a major intersection – Gary Ave. and Geneva Rd. Please only park in designated areas. We want to be good neighbors.

Can people come and watch? Can spectators come for free?

Yes! We encourage friends and family to come and cheer you on. And, yes they can come for free! But spectators will only be allowed for the outside events (WOD #1, Mini-WOD #1 and WOD #3 (final) to ensure proper social distancing.

What facilities do you have?

We have a 6,250+ sf state-of-the-art training facility with all the amenities. Free parking. A/C and Heat. Clean bathrooms w/ showers. Drinking fountains.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Yes, write us at

Do your events run on time?

We strive hard to ensure a well-run event that goes according to our advertised schedule.

What’s the refund policy?

Due to the nature of this type of event, we can’t offer refunds. We allocate funds to things like prizes, staff, equipment and more based upon the number of registered athletes, and allowing refunds would make it impossible to plan, budget and run an event like this. 

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

We don’t allow refunds, but if you can’t make it then you can have someone else take your place. They do have to remain in the same division as you would have been. They also have to be the same sex as you.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

Yes, as long as the division and sex remains the same. All participants do have to sign waivers. Minors must have this done by a parent or legal guardian.


Here are some pictures from our previous events

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*Fine print: No refunds for any reason, except for our money back guarantee on finishing on time. We cannot guarantee against anything beyond our control such as extreme weather or outside interruptions. This guarantee of finishing on time is meant to cover our administrative ability to do so, and not any possible outside factors.
All participants will need to sign a waiver. Each prize winner is responsible for claiming prizes and paying corresponding taxes as per applicable tax laws. In defining our divisions, male and female are based on purely biological DNA parameters. Male = XY Chromosomes and Female = XX Chromosomes.