CrossFit Games 2017
Madison, Wisconsin will play host to the 2017 CrossFit Games. Madison is the perfect atmosphere for an event of this magnitude. A city surrounded by lakes, nature trails, and bike routes; Madison provides one of the best fitness backdrops in the country. The landscape for constantly varied movement takes a backseat to the friendly environment that the people of Madison have created. We are all excited to welcome the Fittest athletes and the Fittest fans in the world to our community!
Things to do while in town:
Our favorite coffee spots:
Colectivo Coffee – 3 locations to pick from — on the square, on Monroe Street, or on State Street.
Indie Coffee – Close to the action at the Alliant Energy Center. This spot is a frequent stop for our members on their way to morning classes or Team WOD on Saturday morning.
Barriques – With 7 locations in the Madison area, this is a great option no matter where you are staying. They also have breakfast and lunch food options.
What is CrossFit without food? Here are a few of our favorite restaurants in Madison:
Short Stack Eatery – Co-owned by one of our original Connex athletes, Short Stack Eatery has been voted one of the best restaurants and brunch spots in the city. All of their items are scratch-made from local, organic ingredients. You can’t go wrong with any selection of their menu. Short Stack Eatery is a must-eat while in town.
The Great Dane Pub and Brewing Co. – With many locations throughout Madison, The Great Dane is an excellent choice with a great variety of options. Grab a burger and fries with one of their house-brewed beers, or pick from an assortment of entrees for any palette-type or craving. They also have a great Sunday Brunch.
Ale Asylum – Looking for a drink after you land in town? Ale Asylum is one of Madison’s best local breweries, and is just blocks away from Dane County Regional Airport.
Ian’s Pizza – A Madison landmark, Ian’s Pizza is famous for their Mac & Cheese slice. They also offer a lot of specialty flavors, along with the classics. One of the best late-night eats in town.
Salvatore’s Tomato Pies – Another amazing pizza place, Salvatore’s Tomato Pies are inspired by the chef’s New Jersey roots and are covered in delicious, fresh ingredients from local purveyors. Sal’s also offers top-notch entrees and specials, and has a great beer and wine menu.
Madison Farmers’ Market – On Saturday morning, head down to the Capitol Square and experience one of Madison’s finest traditions. Local farmers, bakers, and food purveyors surround the capitol with an assortment of goods from Stella’s Spicy Cheese bread to Bee Charmer Honey. Fresh vegetables, donuts, flowers, jellies, coffee, and smoothies are just a small list of things you can find at the Farmers’ Market.
These are our favorite spots to grab food closer to Connex:
Liliana’s – New Orleans Dining offering lunch, dinner, and vegetarian options.
Thirsty Goat – Smoked meats and broiled chicken, beer, bbq, and fun! Their patio is a perfect spot to eat during Madison summers!
Barriques – Fresh sandwiches and wraps, plus coffee and wine. What else do you need?
Looking for some adventure in the Madison area?
Henry Vilas Zoo – The Henry Vilas Zoo is an excellent option for the entire family, and it’s Free! Enjoy a stroll while viewing some of the world’s most exotic animals. Giraffes, the monkey house, lions, and otters are just a few of the many animals you can view while at the zoo. There are informative plaques throughout the zoo to provide an educational experience.
Stand-up Paddle Board at Brittingham and Wingra Boats – Spend some time in the sun at Brittingham or Wingra Boats while working on your balance atop a paddle board. We regularly visit this spot for SUP Yoga. Other boats and watercraft can also be rented for recreational use on Lake Monona and Lake Wingra.
Devil’s Lake State Park – An hour drive from Madison, Devil’s Lake State Park has beaches, nature trails, and rocky hiking paths. Go for a swim in the lake, rent a canoe, or have a cookout on the beach with some friends at this beautifully scenic location.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens – Olbrich Gardens is a beautiful place to enjoy a walk on the 16-acre outdoor display. The Bolz Conservatory onsite is a 50-foot high glass pyramid that houses tropical plants and free-flying birds and butterflies.
UW-Arboretum – The Arboretum is a conservancy that winds through the heart of downtown. A 4-mile tree-covered, paved road is excellent for running or cycling, and the rest of the 20 miles of trails can be hiked or ran. Don’t be surprised to see some local animals along the way, as the Arboretum is home to more than 35 mammal species, dozens of reptile and amphibious species, and hundreds of resident and migratory species of birds.
UW Memorial Union and Terrace – The Memorial Union is one of the best places to socialize. The Terrace is an outdoor seating area overlooking Lake Mendota. Watch the sun set with a pitcher of locally-brewed beer, play some cards, while listening to some live music. Finish the night with a cone of Babcock Hall Ice Cream, made right on the UW Campus.