The Mid-Atlantic CrossFit® Challenge announced that this event will take place in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2021. Originally run in Baltimore, MD since 2012, the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit® Challenge (MACC) will be held for the first time outside the Metro DC area this year, taking place in Knoxville May 28-30, 2021. 

The Mid-Atlantic CrossFit® Challenge is a qualifying event for the top male, female, and team finishers to compete in the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit® Games in Madison, Wisconsin. 

“As we head into our 9th year, we are extremely excited to bring our event and community into Knoxville. We are prepared to provide a safe competition for our athletes, staff, spectators, and vendors.” said Wilson Pak, Director of the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit® Challenge.

Thompson-Boling Arena* will serve as host event venue. Knoxville stands out among competitor destinations thanks to its walkability, the quality of hotels, and array of restaurants.

“This is huge for Knoxville and we are thrilled,” said Kim Bumpas, President of Visit Knoxville. “Knowing that Knoxville was chosen as the host continues to speak to the quality of our destination as it relates to high-caliber sporting events, and we’re looking forward to welcoming these CrossFit® athletes, families, and fans.”

“We’re honored to host this prestigious event,” said Chad Culver, Senior Director of the Visit Knoxville Sports Commission. “There are only 10 qualifying events for the CrossFit® Games in the world, and we couldn’t be more excited that one of those will happen right here in Knoxville.”

The Mid-Atlantic CrossFit® Challenge in Knoxville, Tennessee joins the following Semifinal host CrossFit® organizations: Atlas Games of Montreal, Quebec, Canada; West Coast Classic of Del Mar, California; Granite Games of Saint Cloud, Minnesota; German Throwdown of Phönixhalle, Mainz, Germany; CrossFit® Lowlands Throwdown of Apeldoorn, The Netherlands; Torian Pro of Brisbane, Australia; Brazil CrossFit® of São Paulo, Brazil; and Fittest in Cape Town of Cape Town, South Africa.

For more information about the MACC, please visit

* PLEASE NOTE: An earlier version of this press related listed the event venue as the Knoxville Convention Center. The Mid-Atlantic CrossFit® Challenge will now be taking place at Thompson-Boling Arena.

About The Mid-Atlantic CrossFit® Challenge: 
The Mid-Atlantic CrossFit® Challenge was established in 2012 to fill a perceived void in the competition calendar between the CrossFit® Open and CrossFit® Regionals. The event has grown to include over 720 athletes from more than 222 affiliates and 37 states competing in divisions designed for all skill levels. The Mid-Atlantic CrossFit® Challenge will be held over three days in May of 2021.

About Visit Knoxville Sports Commission:
The Visit Knoxville Sports Commission, established under Visit Knoxville in 2016, is responsible for bringing tournaments and sporting events to Knoxville and Knox County. Named Sports ETA’s 2019 Sport Tourism Organization of the Year (Population Under 500K), the Visit Knoxville Sports Commission has had the honor of hosting top-tier events including the Sports ETA Symposium, USA Cycling Pro Road National Championships, USA Swimming TYR Pro Swim Series, and the largest BASSMASTER Classic in B.A.S.S. history. Visit Knoxville, a 501c3 organization, is the official Convention and Visitors Bureau for Knoxville and Knox County. For more information, visit

Wilson Pak
Mid-Atlantic CrossFit® Challenge
Kristen Combs
Director of Communications
Visit Knoxville