History of the Granite Games

Saturday, October 22nd 40 local athletes gather at CrossFit Fast Factory, a fledgling CrossFit gym in St Cloud, MN, that had yet to celebrate its first anniversary. Over the course of one sunny and cool Saturday, these 40 men and women competed for bragging rights as the winners of the first Cloudy Town Throw Down.

Saturday, September 15th The Cloudy Town Throw Down returns for its sophomore run. This time, 90 athletes, both local and regional, gather at CrossFit Fast Factory for a day of friendly competition. Spectators swelled the brick walls of the Factory, and athletes sweat through various challenges designed to test stamina, strength and skill. The victors are presented with specially crafted medals in honor of their achievement.

October 4th – 6th The once-fledgling fitness competition is all grown up. Gone is the grass-roots, backyard feel of the Cloudy Town Throw Down. In its place stands the Granite Games. 350 athletes from across the nation converge on St Cloud, seeking to secure the title of Fittest at the Granite Games. Spectators and competitors pack the Fieldhouse at Halenbeck Hall on the campus of St Cloud State University. Athletes compete as Scaled, Masters, AsRx, Team and Elite over the course of 3 sweat-filled days, with a final event still talked about as one for the ages. Blood, sweat and tears are shed, and on Sunday evening the champions stand victorious, having earned their slabs of granite and lined their pockets with some hefty cash prizes. And when it’s all said and done—when the chalk dust has settled—St Cloud, MN, is officially on the map in the world of fitness.

September 12th – 14thThe Granite Games plays host to approximately 1,000 athletes from around the globe. Athletes began the Road to Minnesota with the Online Qualifier, 3 weeks of workouts open to anyone wishing to compete. From here, the front-runners moved on to compete in Sectionals for a second round of eliminations, as we continued to narrow down the field leading up to the main event. Finally, those who made the cut punched their ticket to the 2014 Granite Games, again held on the beautiful campus of St Cloud State University but this time spanning two venues, Halenbeck Fieldhouse and Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. For 3 days, central Minnesota had a front-row seat to world class fitness in action.

September 11th – 13th Central Minnesota’s premier fitness event continues to grow, with an Online Qualifier encompassing 29 countries and 456 communities. In all, 7,121 athletes tossed their hats into the ring in a bid for paving their Road to Minnesota. The fitness faithful travel from as far away as Argentina and Australia to represent their communities in St Cloud. On the campus of St Cloud State, athletes experience 3 venues over the course of the weekend, rotating between Halenbeck Hall, Herb Brooks National Hockey Center and the Minnesota Triathlon, held outside the National Hockey Center in the beautiful autumn sunshine. New in 2015, on day 3, the Pro Team division made its debut, featuring the fittest in the world, banding together in co-ed teams of 4 and putting on a spectacular show for audiences.

September 10th –12th This will be our biggest year yet, as the following for the Granite Games continues to grow by leaps and bounds. The 2016 Online Qualifier kicks off on June 9 and features 4 weeks and 4 workouts to be completed as an individual. Those that do not qualify as an individual will have the opportunity to register a Team of 3 on July 18. Those who secure their spots will descend upon the campus of St Cloud State University this September, having earned the chance to compete amongst their fitness peers. Whether you come to cheer on your friends and family, to witness some truly incredible feats of fitness or to simply immerse yourself in this fantastic, one-of-a-kind community atmosphere, the 2016 Granite Games is not to be missed!