Top 10 CrossFit Regional competitor and two time Team Beast of the East team captain, Ian Berger. Together with his returning team mate Brendan Marolda and two new female teamates ,his team ( Team Nutriforce) took 1st place in 2013 at the BOE.
“Going into this years Beast of the East I didn’t know what to expect. The original venue was destroyed by a tornado and left a lot to question. This years Beast was a different experience but everything to be expected from great athletes, fun workouts, and an awesome time. The Beast captures the essence of the sport by bringing together so many amazing people from all over the U.S for the weekend and countless displays of camaraderie.”
“I was a little nervous going in as the defending team champ, because I knew the level of competition was high and nothing was guaranteed. I had a different set of girls with me this year Meg O from Shoreline and Liz Adams from reebok 5th ave who both are badasses. At first glance the workouts didn’t seem to terrible but as we all know it’s the ones that appear harmless that tend to be the worse. I also was humbled by how strong some of my peers are. 405+ backsquats for 8 reps is ridiculous and thrusters with a fat bar that made the 2011 weight look childish. The final workout was crazy, but we all love that type of hurting once in a while so I thank you for that brutality. Overall I enjoy the Beast because it’s become a staple in the northeast and now world for top level competitors. I’m sure that the Beast of theEast will only get bigger and better and can’t wait to defend our title again.”
From the age of 12, I was involved in the sport of Olympic weightlifting. I always played other sports recreationally, but weightlifting was what I was passionate about. The day I graduated high school, I moved to Colorado Spring to live and train at the Olympic Training Center. I was there two years before I broke my L5 in two places and realized that my weightlifting career could end and needed something to fall back on. I then moved to the Olympic Education Center to train and focus on school. During this time, when I would come home on school breaks, I looked up a CrossFit gym in the area to see if I could use their bumpers and do some Olympic lifts. That’s how I met Jade Jenny and Champlain Valley Crossfit. They opened their doors for me and let me lift whenever I needed to.
My first time in his gym, I thought it was chaos. The music was loud and I was the only person doing singles on the lifts, sitting down between sets, and taking more than 30 seconds rest. I thought all these CrossFit people were crazy, and had no intensions of becoming a CrossFitter myself. After I moved back to Vermont, I started lifting at CVCF more regularly and slowly got convinced to do a wod once in a while. Before I knew it, I wasn’t focusing on the Olympic lifts anymore, but doing more metcons.
My first competition was a one-day event at CVCF. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. It was a whole different world from a weightlifting meet, and I loved it. I placed first in the competition, bought myself a pair of nanos with the prize money, and started training to be a crossfitter and not just a weightlifter that did crossfit.
I had a great time competing at the Beast of the East. It was some intense competition with the first few places never having more than a few points difference. I loved the workouts, nice and heavy. And with so many freakishly strong guys there, it really forced you to push yourself. The final wod was what I expected, something that was going to be painful and push you until you dropped. Thank you for putting on such a great meet and having the coolest trophies I have ever seen.( Thanks Odin Strength Equipment for the trophies!)
Can’t wait to see you again next year at the Beast 2014!
The 2013 Beast of the East has officially come to a close. The Gods conspired this year and seemed determined to stop the Beast. Wiith our original venue destroyed in a freak tornado, losing our original equipment sponsor and then the weather playing havoc with us it was a major accomplishment just to pull it off.
With the help of some great new sponsors, some hard working volunteers and some patient athletes we chipped away at one obstacle after another.
As always the true story centered around a bunch of athletes who gathered together to put themselves to the test. The ladies division was very competitive this year and deep this year.
The mens division was equally deep this year and and we crowned both a new female and male Beast champion.
Last but not least the teams division was also stacked and very exciting to watch once again. Especially in the finals wod.
We have a knack for pulling of some epic finals and this year was no different.
Thank you to all our great sponsors for helping us put this on and we will see you all in 2014.
Your 2013 Beast of the East champions are
Ladies : Danielle Horan
Mens: Mat Fraser (sorry for the typo Mat!)
Teams: Team Nutriforce
Congratulations. You certainly earned it.
Saturday Heat Assignments are now available, see link above. Note that lane assignments have been made for Saturday.
Live Scoring for the Beast 2013 is available at http://beast.wheresthethrowdown.com
! Important – Competitor Check-Ins are under way !
To all registered Individual/Team athletes – the check-in instruction emails have gone out – check your email.
If you didn’t register electronically via ezEvent, or didn’t get the email for some other reason – please send an email to ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ with your name & division. If you’re checking in a team, we’ll also need your team’s name and the names of all 4 athletes.
* Check-In instructions: Athlete/Team Check-in will take place via email on Thursday Oct. 3. Checking in via email will eliminate waiting in lines and let us get off to an early start on Friday. Instructions for checking in will follow in a separate email.
* Starting Heat Assignments: Are available for both Individuals and Teams at this link: http://goo.gl/Fyw4tg.
* Athlete briefing will take place Friday morning at 9am with the first wod starting around 9:30. Please be on time. The CFSW box will be available for warmup to athletes only.
* Athlete shirts will be available for pickup throughout the weekend, again in the interest of cutting down on time spent standing in lines on Friday. Anyone who registered after September 10th missed the cut off to receive an athlete shirt but we will have plenty of “Beast” shirts for sale and we will make sure to give you one of your choice.
* Parking will be in several areas designated with signage. These will include the road next to CFSW, and various surrounding lots. Please help us be good neighbors by parking only in designated areas.
* Weather: We will be outdoors all weekend long; it’s October in Connecticut which means you’ll want to bring a couple of layers.
* Tent city will be located directly opposite the competition area in the grassy field.
* Spectators are free this year: coolers & lawn chairs are allowed.
* Weekend schedule:
Friday 8:30 am to 6 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to 6 pm
Sunday 9 am to 3:30 pm
Note: All times are estimates and subject to change as the weekend progresses.
Cookout: We will be cooking out and having some beverages shortly after the award presentation so please make plans to hang around and enjoy the last day with us. Food and drinks will be free for all athletes.
This past July the proposed location for the 2013 Beast of the East was destroyed by a tornado. With many of our athletes traveling from across the country and time growing short we decided to hold the BOE at our new CrossFit South Windsor location. This is very close to the proposed former location so you will not need to change your travel plans if you already made them.
CrossFit South Windsor is located at 405 Sullivan ave, South Windsor Ct. This new location has several advantages over the previous location.
It is easily accessed from 2 major highways. There are plenty of great hotels to stay at in South Windsor.
There is also a number of restaurants within a short drive of the venue.
There will be a 4000 sq ft warm up area ( the new box) for athletes and athletes will have their tents set up directly adjacent to the warm up area. You will also have access to bathrooms and showers accessible only for BOE athletes.
Since we are holding the Beast on “home turf” we will be allowing spectators to come for free. We will have a station set up for those who would like to donate money in place of spectator fees. All donations will be given to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. This is an organization that is dear to our hearts and one we already donate to. There is no set donation amount. Give what you can, if you can and thank you in advance.
Thank you all and we will see you in October
Our first load of equipment from Again Faster was delivered last Wednesday night. Ian and Mike ( owners of Oside and King of the beach) were there to help us unload and give us an overview of the situation. Oside CrossFit is on the mend but still without power. Between donations from Again faster and Rogue Fitness we will be able to bring Oside a long way back to full operational ability soon. Oside’s biggest need now is rubber flooring and a good cleaning.
CrossFit King of the Beach is totally wiped out. Between the flood and diesel fuel spill that gym will be out of operation for some time. The good news is they have a second location in Island Park and all donations are going to get that gym up and operational.
Concept 2 and Jim Phelps from CrossFixit equipment repair services will have KOB’s fleet of rowers restored to like new by then end of today.
Steve’s Club generously donated a huge box of Paleo kits to keep everyone fueled.
Another shipment of equipment is due in from Rogue Fitness in the next couple of days and will be distributed between Oside, KOB and CrossFit Volition.
We are still in need of cash donations to help purchase rubber flooring for these gyms. If you would like to help please click on the link provided and donaate today.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to helping these guys get back on their feet.