What happens when 2 OCR focused training groups collide into the Memorial Day weekend together? The answer lies in Binghamton, NY where Newbsanity thrives on a privately owned obstacle course built by the Newby family. The course rivals the difficulty of any big-name in the OCR world and has a special family-type-feeling shared amongst their members. Those of the Crew who made the journey enjoyed the hospitality of Newbsanity, as well as the challenges the 2 courses had to offer. For a full recap on the Crewsanity weekend, be sure to click below! Full disclosure (spoiler alert): No one died, but we had a few close calls! There was blood, mud, sweat, and laughs - the perfect mix to a weekend!
A new year is always exciting. Resolutions, cleaner eating habits, adding new pages to websites, changing some pictures, updating some HTML... okay the last few got a little specific, but it doesn't change the fact that we are in a new year, and the website has gotten a face lift! Read on to check out some other exciting news The Crew OCR is bringing to the table.
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Sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men, often go a rye. The Crew is no stranger to having to improvise on a whim, and our year-end banquet was no exception to the rule. Our first venue choice was rained out by a sea of vendors and eager-to-shop folk at the Hidden River Brewery. The crowds were just a bit overwhelming with limited space for our normal shenanigans.
Thankfully Fork & Ale was just down the road, and willing to accommodate the 20+ members who took over half the bar. Revelry and holiday spirit exploded within the establishment's walls as we celebrated our year's end with our fitness family. Unfortunately, everyone couldn't be there due to the holidays and other engagements, but we were sure to have a drink for all those in absence of the event, to the future of The Crew OCR, and to our accomplishments in 2018. Speaking of accomplishments, the biggest news of the evening was the surprising upset for the award of best butt in the Crew. Eric took the award from the 2 year running gluteus maximus champion: Shayne.
Feel free to check out the Instagram accounts below to make up your own mind!
- 10/27/2018 -
For many members of The Crew OCR, the race season starts to taper off right around the end of October. However, for two Crew members, Shayne MacLean and Rachael Olson, there was one more race to be conquered. Shayne's race season is normally filled with competitive age group and elite waves whereas Rachael has become the Queen of the Open Wave (or the Ultimate Open Waver). The two-combined decided to change their race strategies at the Spartan Race Tri-State New Jersey Sprint and impact the day of everyone they met on course. The race fell on the weekend before Halloween so they chose to embrace their love for all things fun, weird, and spooky. The pair donned fuzzy devil horns, wrapped Halloween colored ribbons in their race-day braids, and carried Jack-O-Lantern buckets filled with candy. Right from the starting line they handed out candy to volunteers, staff, and other racers along the 4-mile course. The festive buckets were even carried through most of the obstacles; over walls, under barb-wire, and the candy never spilled.
The best moment of all was passing out the last few pieces of candy to the volunteers at the finish line while Rachael finally earned the last piece of her first Trifecta. Rachael has had the goal to earn a spot in the Trifecta Tribe for a few years now but has always had the mental restraint of toeing the line for a Spartan Beast; which she completed back in April. With a kick-ass start to her season, she then went on to complete the Spartan Super at Palmerton in July. Ending her season at the fun-filled Halloweekend Sprint was the perfect way to celebrate her accomplishments.
While the day was muddy, cold, and gloomy these two racers put a smile on the faces of everyone they met along the way and were happy to “save the day” with a piece of candy.
October? More like OCRtober for The Crew! When talking to any of our members, they will tell that Fall is more than Ugg® boots, flannels, and pumpkin spice lattes; it's our busy season. October, idled between a humid summer and a bitter winter, promises to never easily be forgotten. Athletes participated in many challenges, and here are some of the biggest highlights brought to you by the one and only Crew OCR.
- 10/06/2018 -
For the first time, The Crew OCR formed a full team to participate in the Ragnar Trail Wawayanda Lake held in Wawayanda State Park, NJ. The team fell into the male division due to the composition (mixed teams had to have an equal gender split of 4 men and 4 women). Ragnar is a unique trail race. This particular race separates itself from other races by requiring it's participants to run at night with the aid of headlamps, glow sticks, flashlights, and blinkers to illuminate the challenging terrain under the moonlight. Each athlete was responsible to handle 3 separate legs, totaling approximately 15 miles, in a relay fashion where the team bib had to be handed off among runners. The Crew finished with a respectable 4th place in the male division of all finishing teams.
- 10/13/2018 -
The Crew bleeds Goliathon, quite literally sometimes. This event is always a favorite. When the Crew rolls up to any of the 12 obstacles, we leave an impression! Encouragement is brought to a new level as we push ourselves outside our comfort zone with the unique challenges provided by Goliathon. Aside from the challenging difficulty and choices this event presents, the best part is it's non-profit goals. Every year Goliathon takes the money generated from it's events with a purpose to bring clean drinking water to third world counties. All monies given to this company go toward it's production and making the world a better place for those less fortunate. The Crew OCR managed to swing into 4th place as a team. We look forward to Goliathon XI in the summer of 2019!
- 10/20/2018 -
The OCR World Championships share our passion, as well as our love for green! OCRWC swapped it's venue this year from Canada to London. The distance didn't stop 2 crew members from making the trip across the big pond to England to participate in the biggest race in the OCR business. Derek and Chrissi found themselves face to face with an unprecedented 100 obstacle 15k course and a shorter, but fast and intense 3k course. OCRWC was crafty this time around with a new venue, eager to put it's name on the map to all racers. The 3k race was designed to give racers a false sense of security for the longer 15k race the following day. The 3k course was fast, and presented a deceiving amount of ease in it's obstacles. Deception that was learned the next day when the 15k course did everything in it's power to take athletes out of their comfort zone. The first quarter of the race had participants crawl through thick natural mud pits and plungedracers into freezing water from a massive slide. It's hard to prepare for such race conditions, and OCRWC definitely made everyone earn crossing the finish line.
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The location of the CBP stadium coupled with the thrill of a Spartan race is sure to attract the likes of many athletes, and The Crew OCR is no exception to the crowd. Of the many in attendance, one of the members of the Crew decided to recap her experience through the event. Read on to hear first hand the CBP experience from Chrissi Shewchuk!
That's right, August is right around the corner, and we are on the the fast slope to the bottom of the year where 2019 waits. It's been quite the exciting year for The Crew OCR and the athletes that hold the Crew together. There's been a plethora of races, tons of meet-ups, and sometimes just good old fashioned Tom Foolery.
Moving forward, although the months left can be counted on one hand, that doesn't mean we plan on slowing down. With a Ragnar Trail Relay, 2 Goliathon events, and countless other OCR races on the radar, The Crew OCR launches through the busy season. Wishing our athletes well wishes, as they tackle whatever obstacle lies ahead!
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