With a 30 minute Ultra Beast start time delay, Jason Devlin and Kyle Vogel had the opportunity to remain in nervous anticipation for their first ever UB, while Jen Monaco stayed focused for her NJ UB revenge and Eric Zucaro hoped for a PR in his 3rd UB. Jason and Kyle ended up sticking together for all 26+ miles, proud to receive their belt buckles and agree that the race wasn’t as difficult as they imagined it would be. Jason continued his long-running streak with another burpee-free race and Kyle secured his OCR World Championships qualification. Eric did in fact PR his race by 36 minutes, despite having low blood sugar/intense dizzy spells on the mountain, and qualified for OCRWC while jumping the fire holding hands with Jason and Kyle. Eric and Kyle tied for 2nd in their Age Group. Jen got her revenge by finishing the UB on Saturday and then going back for more by running the Beast on Sunday. Brittany Corbett, Jeff Dearth, and Jamie Vozzelli ran the UB as well.
Back at the start line for the Beast, Ben Kinsinger (2:31:12) enjoyed a fun race without anyone breathing down his neck as he snagged the first place podium spot. He felt his recent downhill training definitely helped him on the technical trails and loved how Twister immediately followed the Bucket Brigade. Luke Walsh (3:21:38) and Brent Becher (3:26:19) ran Elite and both qualified for OCRWC. Brent improved his time by over 2 hours from the year prior and enjoyed seeing his son run in his first 1-mile kids race. Tom Spitzer (4:33:50) also improved his time significantly and earned his first Trifecta of the season in the Elite heat on Saturday, then started towards his second, returning on Sunday. Joe Long (5:25:13) was happy that he finally completed the Rig and that he finished the Bucket Carry and Rope Climb despite facing exhaustion in his return to NJ.
Faith Elliott and Arthur Davis ran the entire Competitive race together. Faith nailed her first spear throw in a race ever and qualified for OCRWC. Both she and Arthur encouraged each other throughout the 13+ miles and enjoyed seeing other OCR friends and a bear while on the course. Haley Mohn can officially say she’s a Spartan after this weekend, as the Beast was her first ever Spartan Race. Vinessa Ferraro secured her OCRWC qualification. Richie Hilton raced with Katelyn Taylor and John Carl Morgeneier and beat his time from last year by 3 hours (because he ran the Ultra Beast last year, haha). John Carl faced some challenges on the course but refused to quit, and with the help of Richie and Katelyn, made it to the finish line.
Taking on the Open course, Brandon Martin, Lulu Spitzer, Julia Calandra, Ray DiSandro, and Susanna Burger all finished the day with green lanyards around their necks. Lulu celebrated her 62nd birthday on Saturday with her first Trifecta and returned on Sunday for more. Julia had a great time running alongside Lulu and easily completed the men’s herc hoist instead of the women’s. Susanna fought a mental battle from the beginning of the race on Saturday but finished strong with her first 2017 Trifecta.
On Sunday, the Crew returned to Mountain Creek in Vernon, NJ for more Beast fun, this time in much cooler weather. Richie Hilton (3:05:35) grabbed 20th overall in the Elite heat, with Luke Walsh (3:38:12) and Derek Rozanski (4:06:49) not too far behind. Peter Korade, Lulu and Tom Spitzer, Jim Lasco, and Jen Monaco also took on the mountain. Lulu crushed her time from the day before by over an hour, easily taking 1st in her age group and her OCRWC qualification.
Bill Everett also ran the Dover Air Force Base Heritage Half Marathon on Sunday as he continues to restrengthen his knee.
Jen Bowman spent her weekend at Pocahontas State Park in VA running the Ragnar Relay with an 8-member team of fellow Spartans. Despite the intense heat and humidity, her team came in 65th out of 241 in the Submaster Male division (since they were made up of 5 men and 3 women).
Most Crew members will be found this weekend at Goliathon’s Try the Obstacles Day on Sunday. They cannot wait to check out the new and improved obstacles, as Goliathon’s event is definitely a Crew-favorite. If you need a team to join for their Sat, June 3rd event, feel free to join The Crew OCR’s team!
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