Patrolman Lee Barta Crossfit Challenge Joins 2014 Chris Thater Memorial

Event organized by CrossFit Binghamton and the Barta family 

(Binghamton, NY) The Broome County STOP-DWI Program announces the addition of a new event at the 2014 Chris Thater Memorial, the Patrolman Lee Barta Crossfit Challenge presented by CrossFit Binghamton. The Barta Challenge will take place outdoors on Court Street in downtown Binghamton during the Chris Thater Memorial Races on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 from Noon to 6:00pm.
The event is held in memory of Binghamton Police Department Patrolman Lee Barta, who was killed in the line of duty on August 3rd, 1995 while attempting to apprehend a fugitive. Organized by CrossFit Binghamton, along with gym member and Binghamton Police Officer Daniel Barta, the competition combines Patrolman Barta’s passion for fitness and health with the sport of CrossFit and honors the men and women who protect our community each and every day.
The 2014 Barta Challenge is expected to be the largest Crossfit competition in the Southern Tier. With three workouts guaranteed for each registered athlete, the event includes an “Rx Division” and a “Scaled Division” for both men and women. Registration is now closed with over 60 athletes having registered. Competition standards and information are available on the CrossFit Binghamton website, Workout details will be announced a few days prior to the event.
Patrolman Barta was survived by a young family including his daughter Kellie, oldest son Dan, and his wife Mary who was pregnant with their youngest son Patrick at the time. Lee Barta was known as a fitness enthusiast who was dedicated to working out on a regular basis. Prior to joining the BPD, Patrolman Barta served in the USMC from 1986-1990 as an MP and a weapons battalion instructor. While serving with the BPD, Patrolman Barta served in the undercover SIU unit, as a firearms instructor, and as a K9 Officer with K9 Ben.
The event logo includes Patrolman Barta’s badge number 139 which was retired in 1995 and was not worn again until his son Dan was hired as a Binghamton Police Officer on March 18th, 2013.  Dan’s grandfather, James Malane, also wore badge 139 for the BPD until 1960 when he joined the Binghamton Fire Department where he later retired as Fire Chief in 1993.
Located on Binghamton’s Southside, CrossFit Binghamton has been providing CrossFit training to the Greater Binghamton area since 2010. The gym utilizes data-driven programming combined with functional movements at high intensity to drive results. Run by Patrick and Mandy Skinner, CFB is made up of an amazing community of athletes from various backgrounds and abilities; all working on their journey to health and wellness. They offer a variety of services and class times to help every individual reach their desired health and fitness goals.
The Chris Thater Memorial is organized by Broome County STOP-DWI and presented by SEFCU to heighten awareness about the dangers of impaired driving and to promote healthy lifestyles.
For more information about the Chris Thater Memorial or Broome County’s STOP-DWI Program please visit: or find us on or Twitter @ThaterMemorial.
08/07/2014 - 6:37pm