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Monrovia Athlete Headed to Crossfit Regional Championships

Marisa Thomas, who works out at Monrovia's Crossfit gym, will compete in the Crossfit Regional Championships after a stellar finish in Southern California's qualifier last month.

Marisa Thomas works out six days a week and sometimes twice a day when she's feeling especially energetic.

The 27-year-old endurance athlete, who trains at , finished 38th in Crossfit's Southern California open qualifiers and is headed to Pomona next month to compete in the regional championships.

Crossfit training is a specific workout style that stresses varied exercise routines done in a group atmosphere. On any given day, Thomas will do Olympic-style deadlifts, rowing, gymnastics, cardio training and myriad other activities with other Crossfit devotees who push each other to the limit.

"Crossfit is nice because it's a big community of people," Thomas said. 

Thomas has participated in Crossfit for the last three years and has a history as a competitive athlete. She played soccer in high school and was a college rower during her days at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

If Thomas finishes strong in the regional championships at the Pomona Fairplex, she will move on to the world championships at the Home Depot Center in July. She plans to compete in Monrovia's in the meantime.

Shanna Rockenbach April 30, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Super proud of what Marisa has accomplished... she is a fierce competitor and it will be exciting to watch her compete.
Tracey Miller April 30, 2012 at 09:42 PM
This is a HUGE accomplishment for both Marisa and Donna! You girls rock!!! Since their inception in 2007, the CrossFit Games have become “one of the fastest growing sports in America,” according to Forbes. Check out http://games.crossfit.com/about-the-games to learn all about it.
Joy Morin May 01, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Marisa is nothing short of amazing! An all around inspiration, she's not just competetive and athletically blessed, but she is also intelligent, educated and has a great heart! Good luck Marisa!!! We are all routing for you!
Namaste May 01, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Wow, from that pony-tailed soccer player to this new chapter in Marisa's athletic endeavors!! Good luck young lady.
Lara L. Larramendi May 01, 2012 at 02:23 PM
The Bright Promise School of Riding family is also very proud of our Marisa! Go, Go, Go!!!!!

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