Our first ever CrossFit Cheshire event, the Special Olympic / Law Enforcement (S.O.L.E.) Fitness Challenge was held Sunday, September 20, and was a fun filled, sweat soaked success!
With participants traveling from as far away as Massachusetts and New Jersey, we saw 25 competitors rise to the challenge and participate in one or two of the three events: a two person tag team “Spartan 300”, a 2,000 meter row, and a modified Fight Gone Bad (FGB). The action was fast and furious …
After an impressive display of dead lifting by athlete Michael Canty of Special Olympics CT, the day began with the 3 teams competing in the “Spartan 300”, which consisted of 100 pull ups, 100 Thrusters (95#), and 100 box jumps (20”). Representing from CrossFit Milford was Rob Bocek and Dan Zapatka, taking the gold medal with a lightning fast time of 8:54, quickly followed by James Oberg and Joe Rzeszutek (yes, the spelling is correct) from CrossFit USA at 9:26 for the silver medal, with third place going to Eric Brandom and Tanner Cook of CrossFit Cheshire. Brutal event completed by top athletes, one and all.
Next was the outdoor 2,000 meter row in perfect conditions: sunny, clear, and cool. CrossFit USA’s Viking warrior, Brian Neary, blasted through to take the gold medal, with Rob Roche of CrossFit Cheshire close behind. Scott Buonanno’s beautiful 12 year old daughter, Erica, also medaled as the youngest competitor of the day, making her CrossFit debut.
The final event of the day saw the most competitors, as a field of 15 battled through FGB, with a slight modification: each person had to complete 20 repetitions of each exercise (Wall Ball, Sumo Dead Lift High Pull, Box Jumps, Push Press, and Air Squats), with a mandatory one minute rest, before moving on to the second and third rounds. Taking his second gold medal of the day was Brian “Thor” Neary of CrossFit USA with a time of 14:24. Although 2 minutes slower, but twice his age, was CrossFit Cheshire’s Mark O’Connor, our resident Iron Man of Exercise, at 16:37. In the Female Division, an unknown entity out of New Jersey made her presence known: Julie Delimon, with a gold medal winning time of 15:22. She does not have a specific CrossFit affiliation, but is personally trained under the watchful eye of Brian Vagnini. Taking the silver medal in the event — with a very competitive time of 15:55 — was our own Hanna Calcagni, a very strong, well balanced CrossFitter.
This was a fundraising event, with the emphasis on fun. That being said, between registration fees, donations, and T-shirt sales, we raised over $1,000 for Special Olympics Connecticut.
A big thank you to all who volunteered to make this such a successful event, especially Merle McKenzie and his crew from CrossFit USA, who not only brought in extra equipment, but more importantly who served as judges. Also, thanks to the CrossFit Cheshire coaches for donating their time by serving as judges. Finally, Lisa and Joe Carlone of Special Olympics CT, who spent their day off working to help make this event a success, as well as my wife, family members, and friends who brought food, bought shirts, helped set up, clean up, and cheer loudly. A big, heartfelt thank you to all!
Awesome workout on Sunday!!! I was really impressed with the facility and the knowledgeable staff you have on board. The workout I did that day was unlike any other I have experienced throughout my years of competitive body building training and working out. I’m still a bit sore from the challenge and I didn’t even get a chance to finish the whole thing (so you could just imagine how I would be feeling right now). Anyway, thanks for the invitation. Me, Bobby, and Christian had a wonderful time. The cheering and support we got from everyone there, made for a fun filled day for all the competitors involved. You have a great concept and I’m sure the popularity of this “fairly new and different way of working out” will catch on quickly, in the months and years ahead. I wish you lots of luck and success. Looking forward to next years challenge.
Ret. Hartford PD
There were far too many pictures taken yesterday for them to be posted individually, so we put together a little slideshow for you to check out. You can watch the show automatically, can click the thumbnails below to check out individuals, or propel yourself through the slideshow manually by clicking the + and – buttons.
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