The Fenway Stadium Sprint in Boston, MA is the mecca of all Stadium Sprints and a true fan favorite. Crew members Brent Becher and Chrissi Shewchuk took full advantage of the weekend by competing both Saturday and Sunday in the Men’s and Women’s Elite heats, respectively. Brent ran a penalty-free race Saturday with a time of 29:30 placing him 32nd in men’s elite and 34th overall. On Sunday, he improved his time and placing by finishing with a blistering pace of 28:42, good enough for 27th male and 30th overall in a very stacked and competitive field of Elite men.
Chrissi ran her first ever penalty-free double race weekend with clean races both days. Although she is still recovering from reconstructive ACL surgery, Chrissi managed to push through and have the best races of her season, finishing in 43:08 on Saturday and improving her time Sunday down to 39:55. She looks forward to seeing continued improvement moving into the 2018 race season. Katelyn Taylor also raced at Fenway with her highlight being able to watch her "little sister" (from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America organization) run her first ever Spartan Race. Katelyn also made an appearance as Black Widow in the Special Spartans Kids Race.
Earlier in the day Saturday, Chad Houk competed in the Men’s Elite heat in an extremely close and fast-paced race. Although Chad had been battling inflammation in his knee most of the race, he surpassed 9 racers hitting his Spear Throw and took 10th place overall with a photo finish. Congrats, Chad!
Close to home, the Spartan Tri-State Super hosted the majority of The Crew this past weekend with six members in attendance: Luke Walsh, Brandon Martin, Griffin Randolph, Jason "Ducky" Branham, Derek Rozanski, and Arthur Davis. Luke was happy to be back in the elite starting corral coming back from injury. He was having a clean race until he had a humbling experience at the Monkey Bars, failing an obstacle that is never an issue for him. However, this did not discourage him as he pushed to catch the rest of the pack, finishing in a time of 2:16:42 and 55th men’s elite. Luke also had a good race Sunday as he drove up to Fenway for the Stadium Sprint.
Brandon, Griffin, and Ducky also started with the Elites, but decided to take it easy and have a fun time together at the end of the season. Although they failed obstacles such as the Spear Throw, they used it as a training tool to improve upon their burpee technique and speed. The highlight of their day came after the race where they headed to the 8 foot wall to cheer on Open wave racers and provide assistance until the very last racer on course came through.
Arthur ran later in the day with his friend Blake for his first ever Spartan Race. Both of them had a great time, with Arthur pulling away a penalty-free finish.
Pro team member, Eric Zucaro, decided to take a step back from OCR and, instead, hit the pavement at the TCS New York City Marathon on Saturday. With the increasing popularity and size of the marathon, Eric drew strength from the electrifying crowds on the sidelines cheering everyone on. Although he was unable to hold his goal pace for the duration of the marathon, Eric hit a personal best finishing in 4:05:04.
Most of The Crew has now finished off their 2017 season but Pro Team member, Brandon Martin, and Ryan Kunkle now look to World’s Toughest Mudder this coming weekend in Las Vegas, NV. We may be bruised and battered, but The Crew OCR looks forward to another incredible and lively season in 2018!
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