Patrolman Lee Barta Challenge to be held during Chris Thater Memorial Races

Event organized by GSR Crossfit and the Barta family


(Binghamton, NY) The Broome County STOP-DWI Program announced that the 3rd annual Patrolman Lee Barta Challenge presented by GSR Crossfit will be held during the 2016 Chris Thater Memorial Races. The Barta Challenge will take place outdoors in the Metro Center parking lot in downtown Binghamton on Saturday, August 27th from 8:30am to 4:00pm.


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 GSR Crossfit, 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 2016 Barta Challenge is expected to be the largest crossfit-style 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. Competition standards and information are available on the GSR Crossfit website,


“The death of a police officer in the line of duty is always felt deeply in the community. Holding events to honor a dedicated professional who sacrificed his life for the community promotes unity, community involvement, and positive interactions among its members. This competition, will serve as a great way to honor the person Lee was by highlighting two of his passions: fitness and community,” said Greg Rollo, owner of GSR Crossfit.


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 in Vestal near the Vestal Coal House, GSR Crossfit has been providing CrossFit training to the Greater Binghamton area since 2013.  The gym utilizes data-driven programming combined with functional movements at high intensity to drive results.  Run by owner and lead trainer Greg Rollo, GSR 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 BroomeCounty’s STOP-DWI Program please visit: or find us on or Twitter @ThaterMemorial.


08/22/2016 - 11:17am