Bone Frog Challenge obstacle races, mud run, and OCR information, distance, cost, dates, calendar, discounts, obstacles, reviews, and more
The Bone Frog Challenge was created by Navy SEALs to challenge, build and inspire participants to become better athletes and recognize that they can do anything they set their minds to, while enjoying the camaraderie and teamwork usually reserved for active duty Navy SEALs.
The Bone Frog Challenge is truly a unique experience. Our events kick off with the SEAL Wave Friday afternoon during which a very limited number of entrants enjoy the course and camaraderie with Navy SEALs. The minimum SEAL-to -participant ratio is 1:10 in the SEAL Wave, and 50% of the entrance fee for this wave goes to the Navy SEAL Foundation.
With at least 36 military-style obstacles on courses that range from 9-12 miles, the course will test everyone and leave no one unscathed. We attempt to place an obstacle about every ¼ mile, so your running ability alone will not carry the day. You must be functionally fit to succeed here. You will get muddy. You will get beat up. You will be exhausted. But you will finish. Did we mention sand? You will get to know what it means to be “wet and sandy” just like we were at BUDS. As Navy SEALs, we know what tough is – and we don’t mean Harvard.
The After Party
While we do not believe that the “after party” should be the focus of the day, we have always subscribed to the “work hard, play hard” mentality. We have planned and executed literally hundreds of combat missions – no one can plan like we do! From awesome music and plenty of bathrooms to enough first-aid stations and great food, your experience with the Bone Frog Challenge will be one that you will remember and cherish for years to come.
Team or Individual
Our event will foster camaraderie, period. Form a team ahead of time or link up with others when you get here. If you sign up as a team with 10 or more people, each member will receive a $10 discount. This is a great way to challenge your friends and create lasting bonds.
As Navy SEALs we have been forced to spend a great deal of time away from our families. As a result, whenever we can, we include the entire family in all that we do. The Bone Frog Challenge event weekend offers fun and activities for all ages. Let the kids come watch you race and then let them loose in our Mini Bone Frog Challenge Kids Area where they can play in the mud and on scaled down obstacles. We will also offer on-site child care with trusted professionals.
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Bone Frog Challenge - The true best of the best!
I have run just about every race out there to date. I have run from Zombies and Ninjas... Defeated the Devil's Tri-Fecta... Been shocked while being Tough... and kept my band twice on the OCR World level and everything in between! But I have never run a race that has meant more to me than the Bone Frog Challenges. I had run the Massachusetts version twice before, but had missed last year's Tri-State and was very anxious to check out what those SEAL's could do with flatter terrain. They did not disappoint!
This was truly no one's race. What I mean is that if you were a runner, the switchbacks in the beginning would not let you get into a rhythm. But, the distance in the beginning with sporadic obstacles did not let the power athletes get into a groove as well. In other words, the SEALs did to us what was done to them in training, they took us out of our comfort zone! Bastards!!!
The great usage of the motorcross track, new angles on old favorites (Oh, wanna carry some heavy stuff, ok... Do it under wires, up and down a sandy hill and let's do it all again in the opposite direction!!!) Just when you felt all good and warmed up, (it was a tad chilly that morning), after a lovely little run in the woods, they dunked you in a short water crossing. And then a fun romp thru a swamp!
Shortly after, you were hitting A Frames, Vertical Cargo Nets and a fun little game where your fate was truly laid out in the cards, annnnd another longer dunk in the water. Did I mention it was a tad chilly? And then after making sure we were nice and sandy, they had the nerve to hit us with a memory quiz! Jerks...
On the home stretch is where the SEALs nasty genius became very apparent. You were hit back to back to back with obstacles that truly pushed you. Your agility, your grip, your stamina, your grip, your legs, your grip, your upper body annnnnd, your grip were tested time and time again! But as you approach Bone Frog Challenge's signature obstacle, "Black Ops", all your fatigue is forgotten. No matter how exhausted you may be, the sight of the Finish Line and Old Glory in all her Majesty injects you with Nitro! As you work your way across those rising monkey bars, you see a Navy SEAL cheering you on and reaching out to give you a hand over those last few feet... Absolutely AMAZING!!!
As you cross the Finish Line, a young warrior puts your medal across your neck and congratulates you. What a great time!
My 2016 race season is already being planned out and at the top of my calendar it says, "WHEREVER Bone Frog Challenge goes!" I suggest you do the same...
I ran the Bone Frog on Oct 24th and cannot say enough on how much it rocked! I've always considered myself a Spartan and did the Battle Frog here earlier this year but my search is over. Bone Frog is the best OCR I've seen and has definitely raised the new bar for OCR's. The obstacles were top notch and the staff is second to none. They delivered more REAL obstacles than all the rest combined and that's what we're all here for you right? I agree with some of the other comments that changing tents and water stations could have been better but when comparing the 50+ OCR's I've done in the past its no contest that Bone Frog has humungus potential. Keep it up SEALs. Yes have a devoted racer that is here to stay! Next time I'm bringing an army!
I've done several different OCR's, but this was my first BoneFrog. The course was done well, especially considering the terrain and venue available. Good use of the dirt track for some elevation (hard to come by in that part of Jersey). The obstacles were well done. There were some nice twists to obstacles that I thought I knew (like carrying an ammo box, only to have to drag it under a barbed-wire crawl at the half-way point of the obstacle).
Only two suggestions for race organizers for future events: A changing tent/privacy area would have been most welcome. As it was pretty chilly and wet and the race left participants a bit "soiled" it would have been nice to have a place to at least change to keep the dirt out of personal vehicles. And maybe keep some private parts from being seen by everyone else in the parking lot.
Number 2 would be have spread out the obstacles at the end of the event a bit more. I loved it all, but my arms felt as if they were going to fall off due to the overwhelming upper-body obstacles at the end. The beginning was remarkably obstacle clear (only about 3 in the first two miles although this did spread out the participants a bit).
Go big or go home!
After getting myself back into shape I wanted to challenge myself to the hardest race out there.... I found it in the Bone Frog! With all of the elevation changes and obstacles, it challenged me more than I ever have been before. Awesome race run by Heroes! Next spring can't get here soon enough.
A serious OCR experience
The Bonefrog Challenge is a serious OCR. But you would expect no less from the SEALS. I've competed in 35+ Tough Mudders and have nearly 600 miles of OCR experience and the Bonefrog Challenge is second to none. The course is great but the environment is even better. Don Tocci and the team deliver. first class challenge. I will be back in 2016!!
As someone who has completed several brands of OCR (Spartan, Battlefrog, etc.), I would say that this event falls in the category of more obstacle-oriented events. I ran Battlefrog Xtreme NJ 2015, also at Raceway Park, both events used the available terrain to the best of their ability. Unfortunately, Raceway Park had a racing event at the same time as Bonefrog this time, so Bonefrog wasn't able to utilize part of the terrain that Battlefrog had been able to use, but Bonefrog seemed to manage.
As others have mentioned, yes, this was relatively flat terrain -- more of a runner's course. If you are looking for great elevation change, you won't find it at BFX. If you like to run, you will be completely satisfied.
The obstacles were challenging, especially for the upper body, and extremely well-built. Every obstacle seemed to be double and triple reinforced for safety. I loved the military emphasis on the course -- a memory test about the charities the event supported and a weapon used; one burpee for each fallen SEAL, repeating the fallen SEAL's name aloud (this was exceptional); SEALs on the course to encourage you; the Memorial Wall that was empty at the beginning of the day but filled with messages by day's end; and the unmistakable big American flag at Black Ops.
Running the Tier-1 challenge is really the way to go at this event if you were unsatisfied with the 9 mile challenge. If you think it's "too easy", try hitting Black Ops the 2nd time around after you have been plunged into cold water 4 times. The arm sleeves sponsored by Memorial Mudders given to Tier-1 finishers were great too, different from other OCRs.
Registration and packet pickup were a piece of cake, no long lines, heaters provided, well-organized and managed.
Race timing was available as soon as you crossed the finish line, and you could even print out your results.
Plenty of free photos available a few days after the event.
T-shirts were subtly designed and very comfortable and soft. The medals were great too.
I basically have 2 negatives about this event. Most events give you at least a bottle of water and/or banana after the event, but you had to purchase all post-race food and drink. Maybe that's my road-running background talking, but many OCRs give at least a bottle of water. The second negative was that there were no gender-specific changing tents -- the guys basically had nowhere to go because the women took the 3-sided tent behind a building -- not great, but better than being 100% exposed to the entire race venue.
Overall, this is a good race which will tax you physically. I don't understand the reviewers who said it wasn't hard enough -- any race is as hard as you make it -- if you want to make it harder, carry 2 sandbags, or run faster. No offense, but each individual can make the race as challenging as he or she wants. Definitely consider this race for next year -- I look forward to seeing what they throw at us next year!
Don't Buy The Hype
It's hard to give this race a bad review, however, it isn't deserving of all the accolades that many reviewers give it. I'd say overall it is very average. I'd love to give it 2 1/2 stars out of 5.
The Bone Frog Challenge is touted as one of the most difficult OCRs, so it was a shock when I realized how easy to moderate is was to complete.there was very little challenging in the running portion because, as other reviewers have mentioned, the terrain was relatively flat. There were very few obstacles the first 7 miles, then BAM, obstacle overlaoad during the last two. They could have been spaced better (even if their intent was to load more toward the end, there could've been more early on). Next, while the water stations were well equipped and frequent, there were no calories on the course.
Next, there were many obstacles without volunteers. This means people were skipping some obstacles with NO penalty. I signed up for this race because I read that you HAD to complete the obstacle or do the penalty. I read that there was NO walking by the obstacles, but this is exactly what was happening. I'm not sure if they didn't have enough volunteers, or if they intended it this way, but it was dies appointing to say the least (the volunteers who were on course were quite positive and helpful though).
That's the extent of the negatives. It wasn't that BAD but it just wasn't great. There was a lot to be desired. They did do a nice job with the finisher's tee shirt, medal, and lots of free pictures for download after the event. I didn't experience much backup at obstacles like other reviewers, so that was a plus.
Overall, this was a decent OCR. Not great and not bad. Just average. I would not do another Bone Frog at this venue and tentative about doing another one at all. I may try one in 2016 held on mountainous terrain, but I may not. I am still undecided.
Must Do OCR Race!
This was my 3rd Bone Frog Challenge and each race has given me a unique experience. In my opinion this race has the best obstacles out there. Your agility, endurance and upper body strength are challenged consistently as you make your way through the course. I particularly enjoy that a lot of the obstacles have multiple sections. My upper body was taxed for numerous days after the race. In addition the Bone Frog Challenge has a Patriotic feel that does not exists at other races. The staff is friendly and you can tell they are genuine. Whenever possible I will make the effort to do these races as they live up to the billing!
I've run several OCR's at Race Way in Englishtown, NJ and this past Bone Frog Challenge on October 24th was above and beyond the best race yet!! Although this OCR was limited by the venue's terrain, in true SEAL fashion they designed a course layout that tested even the elite. I've been following Bone Frog's success since I ran their first race outside New England in Staten Island, NY October 2014. They delivered an amazing race once again!! A few things to note:
THE EVENT AREA: Clean very well organized, simple easy to navigate and the volunteers where so incredibly helpful! Race Day morning was in the low 40's to start the day, not ideal weather to stand in long lines waiting. No worries here though registration was super quick AND they had heaters in the cue line to keep us all warm! Nice touch!! Registration was really quick and so well organized, followed by the secured bag check tent which was also very efficient. No more then maybe 10 minutes to register and check my bag.
THE COURSE: Well marked with 5/6 water stations (can't remember exactly), really good mix of very tough obstacles, low crawls and carries. The Bone Frog crew does an awesome job with obstacle design and address some major safety concerns other OCR's overlook. My favorite obstacle of all OCR's is Black Op's. Black Op's is HUGE and has such a presence in the event area, when you finally approach it just before the finish line you're thinking "You've got to be kidding me"! When you complete the obstacle the sense of accomplishment is AMAZING! My least favorite obstacle is Get-A-Grip because I couldn't complete in SINY and I couldn't complete in NJ! I will complete this obstacle in NE, oh yeah I'm signing up for NE May 2016!
SWAG: Finisher shirts area the most comfortable I've ever received, finisher medals are super cool. racer bags are cool draw string bags with Navy SEAL Foundation and Bone Frog Challenge.
Showers, typical of an OCR but would like to have changing tents available with His/Her showers.
Overall Bone Frog Challenge delivered in a huge way at the end of the OCR season. Their evolution has and will be one to watch. I found a new race to remain loyal to and will continue to run Bone Frog Challenge OCR's over others from now on!
I was apprehensive to do this race, thinking it was beyond my ability, but I made it and have the battle scars to prove it. The course was mostly flat but the variety of obstacles made it fun and gave me the personal challenge I was looking for in an OCR. I had done a few Tough Mudders and Rugged Maniac and I wasn't overly impressed with those. Bonefrog staff were extremely helpful and encouraging. I can't wait for the next race!
Challenging but not harder than hell
It would be safe to say that if this was held at a ski resort it would have been far more challenging(ie Spartan Super at Palmerton). Unfortunately it is held at a less than desireable venue: Englishtown raceway park. The venue is loud from all of the car racing and mainly flat except for the motorcross hills. The signage was poor and the water stations were a mess. The staff, volunteers and obstacles were great. But because of the venue it's not a must do every year. Great finisher medal and T-Shirt.
New England Bone Frog Challenge 2015
Best OCR I've done to date! I have done 4 Spartans, 2 Tough Mudders, BattleFrog and a bunch of 5k OCR's and this was hands down the hardest and most rewarding race I have ever experienced. The staff and volunteers were incredible! The course was what every other OCR should be trying to compete with and then to have SEALs hand you your medal at the finish was just the cherry on top.
I will 1000% be back next year!
My rating is purely on difficulty. The course was extremely challenging. However, agree with previous posts...water stations were a mess, cups scattered everwhere...no calories offered on course, 5-6 hours on water alone??? and long wait times on several obstacles where it seemed easy to fix.
Bone Frog Challenge May 16, 2015
This was my first Bone Frog Challenge and it was at Berkshire East ski resort. I was a little disappointed in the backups for most of the obstacles. We had to wait probably 1.5hrs total throughout the full 10+ mile course. Other than the waiting for obstacles it was great. I don't think you can understand the difficulty of this race unless you do it. You are going up and down black diamond ski trails making your way up and down the mountain eventually getting to the summit more than once. The views are spectacular. Just when you think you can't possibly go back up the mountain.... more hills/climbing. It was a huge test of leg strength and the endurance of your quads and calves.... and mind. There were 50 obstacles. In my opinion the most difficult were carrying logs, tires, sand bags, or heavy ammo boxes up and down the mountain. In the end it is all worth it as you finish at the bottom of the mountain in front of a huge American Flag and cheering crowd. I would definitely do this race again, but bring a hydration pack and some calories. They had water stations and gel on the course, but the extra wait time at obstacles resulted in no food for a long time. I ate breakfast in the morning at 7am started the race at 9:30 and didn't eat lunch until around 4pm. I figured I would be off the course around 1. I hope they figure out a way to keep the lines at the obstacles to a minimum.
A great event-Straight forward and to the point OCR, plenty of challenging obstacles throughout the entire 9 mile trail course kept it tough but on point. More Please!
As a frequent participant in OCR courses, the bone frog challenge on Staten Island NY was by far one of the best courses/races I have participated in! The obstacles were legit and difficult and truly challenged you both mentally and physically. Upon completion of this race I felt fully accomplished! All my hard work and training was out to the test! The atmosphere was one of comradory and support. Everyone was willing to help out another during those really tough obstacles and a "good job" was always close by. Thank you bone frog and all this navy seals and members of the team for your hard work and great course! Looking forward to MASS!
This race was by far the best one I've ever done! It was challenging and exciting just to be part of a race and course put together by Navy Seals.. I was proud to run this race and would do it again and again!! The rain only made it a better experience, Thank you Bone Frog Challenge for a day I will never forget.
Starting off it was beyond a pleasure to honor the navy seals and compete in their designed run. I've never had this much fun in an obstacle race before. If my girlfriend wasn't there complaining about being cold I would have ran it again. Looking forward to BFC 2015!
This was the most challenging event I have ever done. We had a great time with my friends! I look forward to doing this race again!! Thank you!
Overall the race was a great experience. The obstacles really tested your overall strength and your ability to adapt and overcome. I can't wait until next years race. No matter where it takes place count me in! Hoorah!
I loved this race . The energy was great , it was awesome how they encouraged teamwork . Just the right mix of running and obstacles . All the obstacles were both fun and challenging ! Can't wait to do another one !
Bone frog sprint
Awesome race. After doing a variety of OCR races I'd say this one has the most challenging obstacles (even in comparison to Spartan races). I only did the 3.5 mile run and I felt exhausted afterwards and my body was sore (which feels great actually). I smiled my way through the entire course, had such a blast.
One of the best races I have ever done! It was challenging both mentally and physically and was non-stop fun. Looking forward to doing the Nee England one in May!
One of the best OCR races I competed in this year. The obstacles were challenging and carefully designed. I would definitely sign up for another next year and recommend to my fellow racers.
Overall great OCR. A lot of challenging obstacles
This race was amazing ! It was really challenging and recommend it to anyone who wants to push themselves ! I loved competing in an OCR designed by the navy seals ! Can't wait for the next one !
Best OCR yet
This is the best OCR I've done . The obstacles were extremely challenging and much thought went into each one . I will make sure I travel to their next event in New England . It was an honor to compete in an event that supports Navy SEALS and Americas military
Excellent Race with great organizers. The obstacles were top notch and customer service was superb!
By far the best OCR out there! Obstacles that not only challenge your mind, but also your body. And who wouldn't want to support our veterans?!
This event is by far one of the best obstacle races I have ever run. We had a great time while still pushing the limit. The torrential rain actually added to the excitement of the race. It was insane. Will definitely do again. Keep up the good work guys!!
I trained at Monkey Bar Gym Staten Island Ny for this race. We had out door training open to the public just for this race. The race was hard with lots of ropes and monkey bars. Even with the rain; the race was exciting and muddy. Next year if it's not in Staten Island i guess we will have to travel...
One of the best obstacle races I have done! It was loaded with obstacles some familiar and some I have never seen before. Atmosphere was welcoming. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a new adventure in OCR!
I train at the MBG in Staten Island. I wanted to tell all of the organizers and volunteers I truly enjoyed this race and thank them for all there hard work and dedication in order to make this such a great experience. It was challenging and exciting. I would absolutely do this race again!!
Great day! Enjoyed all aspects of the event. Challenging course, great people, look forward to doing it again. Most importantly God bless our Navy SEALS! Thanks for all you do.
Just completed the NYC BFC, the course was mismarked and many people ran the wrong route and finished in half the time it should have. When we got done, everyone was confused why we finished so fast and they told us the trails weren't marked correctly so we were allowed to go back out but took us a long time just to find the spot where we had gone wrong. The staff on the course was utterly useless which didn't help either. Definitely disappointed by the event especially since the first one we had done in Mass. was off the charts fun. Still had a good time but won't be attending again in NYC.
Well organized, friendly staff and overall a great experience. This was my first non-road race I have entered and I could not have been more pleased. The "after party" was just as much fun, meet and greet with Navy SEALs was a blast. I look forward to participating in more Bone Frog Challenges in the future.
The Best Out There!!!
I have participated in several "mud races" this was by far the best. It was extremely well run, the obstacles were by far the most creative/different I have seen, and the after party was a nice conclusion to a great day! Also meeting and drinking with seals was pretty cool!
This was by far the best, and most challenging, endurance race/event I competed in all year. The Bone Frog staff put together a great course with tough obstacles that tested me physically like I hadn't been tested in a long time. Can't wait for Bone Frog 2014 and excited to see what they throw at us next.
This a a great run. I highly recommend.
This event was so much fun & had amazing challenges. The staff was fantastic and really made the event come together. I was impressed with the obstacles and can't wait to participate again in the next race!
Top notch event. Well organized and run. These guys know how to put on an event. Can't wait to do the next one.
This was my first mud run and I absolutely loved it! I trained for a few months leading up to it and participated in a group run, which was great. The after party and band made the celebration that much better. Looking forward to 2014!
The race was extremely well run and we all had a blast. I’ve done a number of other mud races and this was by far the best! Looking forward to May 2014!
Was the best course that i have been too! Cant wait till 2014
Absolutely the best obstacle course race! The obstacles were very well balanced in that they challenged all different aspects of functional fitness i.e., balance, upper/lower body strength and endurance. I would like to see a few more water obstacles, but other than that the race was superbly designed and operated. Where else can you share an experience with some our nation's elite? I will definitely be there in 2014 and can't wait to see what they come up with next!
Awesome event,very cool,and challenging obstacles .All military personal were very cool.will definitely be there in 2014!
Thanks for putting together such a well run event. The obstacles were truly the highlight, but the staff, volunteers and Seal Team Members made it uniquely fun and challenging. Do It Again!
Loads of fun. Great obstacles in a terrific venue. Superbly organized and staffed. Great challenges.
This event was perfect. Everything from the check in to the race and obstacles. The obstacles were challenging, the hills were more brutal than the two Tough Mudders I participated in, and the staff was fantastic. Everyone that I had the chance to chat with on the course was friendly as well (must be an OCR thing). I can't wait to come back next year. Really hoping they'll be able to pull through with two events! I'll be advertising the hell out of it.
This event was the first obstacle-style run I've participated in and I really enjoyed myself. There weren't a ton of people there, probably because its brand new, but that's likely to change going forward because this is a legitimate race. I trained hard for this and it definitely paid off. The challenges were a mix of fun and tough, but battling the mountain inclines made the overall race much more difficult. A nice feature was the staff at each obstacle cheering you on or helping you out or showing you how best to complete the obstacle or a combination of those things. The only thing I would suggest is maybe 1 or 2 more water stations and maybe a bathroom station somewhere along the course. Overall it was a great event and I'm looking forward to the next one in New England.