140+ Women Athletes Coming to Beaumont for Unique Competition

The female-only event is part of the fast-growing craze of CrossFit.

This weekend, nearly 150 women from across Southern California will gather in Beaumont to see who is the fittest of them all.

The women will be competing in the Femme Royale CrossFit competition, proving that they have what it takes to overcome any mental and physical challenges they may have faced, and push themselves to accomplishments many may not have thought possible.

"Femme Royale really is a women's movement," competition founder Gilly Smith tells Patch.  "About empowering and inspiring women to be better than the day before; never settle and challenge themselves in all aspects of their life. Strong isn't just a physically trait, it can be a mental, emotional, and spiritual trait."

Smith says she started the competition in Jan. 2013, with the first event held in Orange County.

Since then, like the sport of CrossFit itself, her vision has taken off.  Forty teams, comprised of two women each, took part in the first event.  She's expecting 72 teams at the Beaumont competition.

The 144 total women will each have to do three "workouts of the day," called WODs, which include things ranging from push-ups and pull-ups to Olympic-style weightlifting. 

The event is open to the public, and is free to watch.  Spectators are encouraged to head out and see what it's all about.

It's scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and last for about eight hours.  It will be located at CrossFit Awaken, 244 Maple Ave. Unit R.


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