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More Than 60 Participated in CrossFit Binghamton Lee Barta Challenge

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- For 31 years, people from all over have come out for the Chris Thater Memorial in memory of a local cyclist who was killed by a drunk driver.

And this year, there's a new competition in memory of a Binghamton police officer who was killed in the line of duty in 1995.

More than 60 people participated in the CrossFit Binghamton Lee Barta Challenge on Saturday.

One of the many competing was Barta's son, Daniel, who was hired as a Binghamton police officer in 2013 and wears his father's badge number.

He helped put together this challenge to honor his father's service and dedication to the community.

"To not have it be forgotten and to have it at an event as big as the Thater where it's in downtown Binghamton this year, it means a great deal to me and my family," said Daniel Barta, Patrolman Lee Barta's son.

Barta says his father loved working out, and that pairing the event with the Chris Thater Memorial races is a great way to bring the community together. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP