October 22, 2008
CrossFit PEI won the PEI (Prince Edward Island) Marathon Corporate Relay recently. Without any training except for CrossFit, they entered an eight person team (yes, we're missing one participant in the photo) and finished first out of 42 teams! Now, that's validation.
How about turning this idea on its head? When you send eight people out to enter a marathon, why not invite 8 marathoners home to your CF affiliate? Troll at your local races. Invite them in groups. Give 'em a taste of CF and see their reactions. We're betting that you'll sign up some new members right on the spot. Or, if you've done something like that already, tell us about it in Comments! (Or, if you have a better idea, let us know that too!)Posted by Lisbeth at October 22, 2008 12:05 AM
Have a marathoner do cf? Why not have a crossfitter do a marathon? Am 8 man relay is like what a 5k each? Nice job, but why is everything turned into a bear fighting a tiger situation
Awesome work PEI! Keep it up!
Comment 1. Why is turned into a bear fighting a tiger situation? When the non-specialists (CR'ers) beat all the specialists (the 42 teams of runners).
JRock -- why not have both? (And we do -- all across CF.)
Nice work, PEI!
Never seen a bear fighting a tiger ... my money is on the one that does CrossFit.
I'll be trolling the Turkey Day Race in Manchester this year Lis. One of my people gave me this suggestion and it sounds like a good one.
Bear this....Great job PEI!
It's great that CrossFit produces RESULTS and that they speak louder than any one group can scream.
Nick, awesome post. Thanks.
Randy, we got a ton of great press in the local newspaper and on the radio because of those results (just like Nick said). 8 CrossFit shirts passing the finish line first will result in a lot of new people trying out CrossFit including runners who are looking for another way to train (especially when the snow hits here).
We've been working with a running group who mostly participate in marathon events or longer. They've been training with us since our second month of being open which was three years ago. They love it! Their run times have decreased, their strength has increased, their post run soreness has decreased. They are just as religous with their workouts with us as they are with their running.
Big Ups PEI ! "lead from the front". Harbor City CrossFit entered a local 2 miler as a team and took 2nd place (behind the "running store" sponsors team) We ran under the motto " We Don't Run!". We wore our CrossFit T-Shirts and everyone was asking "who are those CrossFit guys (and girls)? We also just recently Co- Sponsored a large (500 participant) local Triathlon with CF Palm Bay and Treasure Coast CF. Signed up a few new members and met a whole lot more good and interested folks. Highly recommend contacting local running/ multi sport clubs and races to find out how you can work together!
Way to go CF PEI - 1st place - that's impressive! Way to represent!
Note that today's WOD was a 5k, the average length of a leg of the marathon relay. Running a 5k is well within the scope of normal CrossFit training. It may also be worth noting that the relay team came in a good 35 minutes behind the individual winner (20 minutes behind the female winner), showing that they didn't beat the specialists, but the other relay teams, most of which were from companies, not even fitness-focused organizations. I'm really happy for them, not only for the win, but for the excellent publicity in the local market, but to say that they "beat all the specialists" is just not true. The bear vs. tiger crap just goes too far in this case.
It is a great event, but the way it was posted is what I think caused #1 comments. #4 is right, it was a 5K run, not a 40k. Way to represent, but lets not MISrepresent it being outside what the average cross fitter does.
Hmmm. Actually, the bulk of those words in the first paragraph came directly from PEI, so I would venture that it's pretty much the way that they want to represent -- and I posted it that way because I don't have a problem with what they said.
My personal opinion? They did well and they deserve some recognition. All the rest of this scatter just detracts from that.
Better late than never. I just finished my 3rd marathon (Chicago 10/12), and had a PR of 3:34:59. My previous best was 4 months earlier in San Diego (3:39:57). The difference was CrossFit training for Chicago vs. Hal Higdon training for San Diego. Two of my co-workers (both experienced marathoners and not crossfitters) collapsed in the heat and finished in the late 3:40's. We were all shooting for 8 minute miles. For me to come in almost 15 min ahead of both is all the evidence I need. It's all they needed, too...