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!
Like most Crew weekends, they almost always start with a carpool or caravan. Many of the Crew banded together to form a caravan into New York. The only member missing from the caravan was the newly nicknamed "Motorboat" who would meet at the venue. Upon arrival, the Crew was greeted with ominous skies and the promise of rain. In a quick scramble, tents were erected and quick greetings were exchanged with Jarrett and the other Newbsanity members - who were curious why a bunch of fools dressed in lime green were putting up tents in the drizzle. The tents could have been set up with more efficiency, because we later found them tossed around from the gentle breeze, and one nearly making itself an addition to the obstacle course. After building shelter, waivers were signed and we ran right into the action.
After the obstacle course, we went into what's affectionately known as the extreme ravine. This 5k course is cut into a ravine and has to be one of the hardest 5k courses seen by all Crew members who participated. The only flat parts were conveniently covered in thick mud that never really allowed anyone to catch their breath on any part of the trail. Surprisingly the weather held out for all the physically challenging events planned for the day. After everyone taxed their bodies hard enough, it was time to mingle, drink, and play yard games!
The next morning provided beautiful weather to wake up to. Most of us realized that although we know our way around an obstacle course, tent building, and waterproofing has room for improvement, as quite a few of us had soggy sleeping arrangements through the night. Jarrett was quick to drag us back on course and put us through a 30 minute suffer fest; hitting the obstacle heavy section of the course on repeat until the timer expired. The course was fast, and still soggy from the rains the night before, creating just a little more challenge to start the day - I mean who needs coffee when you have an obstacle course, right?
Next it was time for brunch, and although most opted to drive, Jarrett & Devi made the commitment to running to brunch. Little did Devi know, the run to brunch is mostly uphill. But, it made the breakfast that much more enjoyable after all the fatigue of the weekend set in. With proper nourishment, it was time to conclude the weekend with the final plan of floating down the Chenango River to Beer Tree Brewery. Yeah, let that sink in for a moment...float down the river...then get out of the water only to be greeted by a brewery with amazing food, drinks, and allows dogs - needless to say it was everything we could have wanted to end our weekend with the Newbsanity folks. Like all good things, it took some extra effort at the beginning. Mother nature tried to dampen spirits with a massive downpour before we set off in tubes, but once the rain passed, we were greeted with very turbulent waters to start the float.
There were some down trees in the water that seemed to try to pull all rafters into. One of the Newbsanity members was not fortunate enough to escape the tree's wraith, and he was also the same member who had most of the beer attached to him in a separate beer float. In a moment of horror, he was capsized and ripped under the water. The beer float followed and also spilled it's contents into the quick current of the river. After collecting himself, and with the aid of everyone else, he was fine, but all of our beer could be seen floating down the river along with his keys, phone, and wallet. If the story ended there, it would be a pretty lame time, but New Kyle and Steph stepped up their bobbing for apples skills and managed to recover everything (including Haley's missing lime green Croc) upstream as they were slightly ahead of the pack when we all set in the water.
As mentioned above, Griffin acquired a new nickname on this float. He was using his tube more like a paddle board and was sure to pull all of us lazy tubers where we needed to be when the river would fork or we simply needed to get away from downed trees and / or shallow spots. Much like a motor attached to a boat, he got us where we needed to be, earning him the title of "The Motorboat."
After finally landing on the shore of the brewery, we enjoyed our final moments of company before having to make the drive back south. There was an amazing number of dogs, amazing beers, and spicy food to rival any brewery home has to offer. It was truly an amazing weekend. We look forward to teaming up with Newbsanity for the fall Goliathon!
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