The 2023 Rogue Invitational is nearly here. It’s the fifth year of the event and we’re excited to bring in many of the top names in CrossFit, Strongman and more. Here’s a look back at how we got here.
When the Rogue Invitational debuted on our own Columbus, Ohio campus back in the spring of 2019, it was primarily a CrossFit event, featuring a mix of the sport’s current standouts. This was Rogue’s first foray into running the show under our own banner, and it felt like the start of something great.
2019 Rogue Invitational Winners
Mat Fraser 1st place, Pat Vellner 2nd place, Cole Sager 3rd place
Tia-Clair Toomey 1st place, Sara Sigmundsdottir 2nd place, Annie Thorisdottir 3rd place
Without a traditional venue, we became one of the first major competitions to bring athletes together digitally, piping in video feeds from 40 gyms around the world and using our realtime “Event Tracker” to create a virtual stadium experience for viewers watching online.
2020 Rogue Invitational Winners
Pat Vellner 1st place, Björgvin Karl GuÐmundsson 2nd place, Noah Ohlsen 3rd place
Tia-Clair Toomey 1st place, Sara Sigmundsdottir 2nd place, Kara Saunders 3rd place
The 2021 Rogue Invitational returned in a big way, with an expanded three-day schedule, a brand new Strongman competition, and most importantly, a game-changing new venue.
2021 Rogue Invitational Winners
Justin Medeiros 1st place, Pat Vellner 2nd place, Jeffrey Adler 3rd place
Tia-Clair Toomey 1st place, Annie Thorisdottir 2nd place, Gabriela Migala 3rd place
The 2022 Invitational saw the event fully settle into its new home, as a loaded competition and record-setting prize purse produced even more memorable moments and a pair of new champions, with Laura Horvath taking home the women’s CrossFit title and Oleksii Novikov claiming the Strongman crown.
2022 Rogue Invitational Winners
Justin Medeiros 1st place, Chandler Smith 2nd place, Jeffrey Adler 3rd place
Laura Horvath 1st place, Annie Thorisdottir 2nd place, Emma Lawson 3rd place
Now in its 5th edition, the Invitational returns to Austin this month. Defending champ Laura Horvath is on her way to the title defense, but 3x Invitational Champion Tia-Clair Toomey is also back in the field after a year off. On the men’s side, 2023 CrossFit Games champion Jeff Adler is among the favorites to stand atop the podium, while the Strongman battle will see Oleksii Novikov try to hold off the breakout star of the past year, Mitchell Hooper.