, Dakota Rager is the first CrossFit Games veteran (that we know of) to have moved to a new region ahead of the 2019 CrossFit Games season. Rager is moving to the Cary/RaleighNorth Carolina area with his wife. This means Rager will compete out of the Mid Atlantic region in the 2019 CrossFit Open and the Atlantic Regional, if he qualifies.
Dakota Rager qualified as an individual at the 2017 CrossFit Games. Rager finished 3rd in the South Regional to qualify for his rookie debut. He would finish 22nd overall.
This past season Rager failed to qualify out of a new region, the Central East. Rager would end up 33rd in the region because of the 1RM clean. Rager lifted 310 pounds, only good for 295th. Rager would take 1st in two events (18.2 & 18.3). The rest of his finishes were in the top 20 in the region. However, the 1RM event would push him too far down the leaderboard.
And now this offseason Rager will make the move to his third region in as many years. In speaking with Rager, he said the weather in Ohio did play a small role in deciding to move (Rager did live in Hawaii prior to 2017). But more importantly, he said, he and his wife are still looking for a place they love. In addition, Rager will be going to school starting this spring.
The offseason is just beginning so keep an eye out for more moves in the coming months. Make sure to follow The Barbell Spin on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date on the latest news of the CrossFit Games!