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Atlantic Coast Classic returns to Ocean Center for largest event to date

The Atlantic Coast Classic (previously the Bacon Beatdown) returns to the Ocean Center June 3-5 for the tenth year of competition and ninth consecutive year at the Ocean Center.

The three-day functional fitness competition will feature more than 1,800 athletes from 30 states and 12 countries who will squat, lift and jump their way through WODS—or workouts of the day—either as individuals or teams of three.

“We are excited to be back at the Ocean Center with our largest event to date,” said event organizer Will Bald. “Our event has grown in size and quality, and thanks to the space and flexibility of the facility, we’re able to easily adapt and welcome new participants each year.”

“We value our longstanding relationship with the Atlantic Coast Classic and Mr. Bald and are thrilled to be part of its continued success” said Ocean Center Director Tim Riddle. “Over the past nine years, the event has grown from using only our exhibit hall space to now requiring most of our building. It’s always rewarding to work with a client and watch their event thrive.”

The Atlantic Coast Classic welcomes competitors of all ages and skill levels, with athletes ranging in age from eight years to over 50 and divisions including kids, beginner, masters, elite, and adaptive upper, lower, seated and neuro.

“The Atlantic Coast Classic is a serious competition, but it’s also one that embraces athletes of all levels and abilities,” said Bald. “At the end of the day, our event is about testing your fitness and having fun on an epic stage. We want everyone to be able to participate, whether they’re just starting out or a seasoned veteran.”

And while individuals travel far and wide to take part in the Atlantic Coast Classic, competitors include athletes from many local functional fitness gyms.

“Having the Atlantic Coast Classic in Daytona Beach is a big deal!” said local Crossfit Level One coach and nutritionist Hailey Nolin. “This event is well-known in the Crossfit world and to have it take place in our own backyard is exciting. As an athlete, I’m grateful that our area is the host for the event and that I’m able to compete without having to travel.”

Competition kicks off Friday as youth and beginner divisions take part in three WODs. The fun continues Saturday and Sunday with six WODs over two days for more experienced divisions. The last day of competition takes advantage of the Ocean Center’s close proximity to the coast, with a morning WOD on the World’s Most Famous Beach.

To learn more about the competition, including how to register as an athlete or secure your spot as a spectator, visit

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