Bonefrog Challenge's second race of the 2017 season took place on March 25th, 2017 outside of Birmingham Alabama at the Talladega Speedway. The following is our quick overview and recap of the race.
I had high hopes for my second Bonefrog Race ever - both for myself and the Race Series. Having competed in their Florida event in 2016 (albeit a different venue) I was curious to see what changes and improvements Bonefrog had made.
Rock Springs Run State Reserve is a gorgeous venue for local events. The venue is known to many as the location of the 2015 BattleFrog Championship race. As beautiful as the venue is, the trails are sugar sand providing a new challenge to runners from anywhere but Florida. Saturday morning was cool and cloudy, a welcome relief from the recent eighty degree days. There was a lot of excitement among racers because Bonefrog Challenge was the start of the 2017 season for many.
Bonefrog Challenge kicked off their 2017 season making their first stop in Florida over the weekend. Arnel Banawa of OCRTUBE was on hand to capture all the action from this expanding race series. Bonefrog Challenge three distances from a 5k to the eight-mile "Challenge" course with 30+ Obstacles, and the "Tier 1", 11+ mile with 50 obstacles. With all these options there is something for everyone at a Bonefrog Challenge.
After four months of being off from Obstacle Course Racing (OCR), I was excited to be getting back on a course. I was specially excited to be heading up to Orlando for my first Bonefrog Challenge. In fact, unlike my most recent races, I was actually up early (meaning before the alarm!) so I decided to head straight over and get this show moving. So, despite my GPS guiding me 'relatively near' the venue...which is pretty standard...I got there just after sunrise.
Hesco Bonefrog Challenge is currently having its moment in obstacle course racing. With the closure of another frog the profile of Hesco Bonefrog Challenge continues to rise. However, like many small independent race series Bonefrog has mostly been putting on quality events under the radar. The company was founded in 2012 by former Navy SEAL, Brian Carney, after spending thirteen years in the SEALS. Carney knew he wanted to be part of the OCR community even before leaving the SEALS. When he got out he went to work.
While the news of Battlefrog closing down its races midseason was a hard note to swallow, Bonefrog Challenge made its first, and hopefully not last appearance in GA this last weekend. Bonefrog found a great venue that has not been used by the OCR companies often, last big OCR event there was in 2011, when one of the big two made its first appearance in GA.
So to say this week was an emotional one for OCR is a bit of an understatement.... with some of the best racers we have out there giving it their all - those of us at home followed the action like the Olympics weren't over.
Brian Carney founder of BoneFrog Challenge is the guest on this week's episode of the New England Spahtens Podcast. Carney is the former NAVY SEAL who founded the BoneFrog Challenge in 2012. The race series which has made a big expansion this year started in western Massachusetts. Paul Jones of New England Spahtens talks to Carney about his labor of love and why BoneFrog is such a unique event.
As HESCO BONEFROG makes its debut in Cedartown, GA at Highland Park Resort on August 27th, they bring world-renowned announcer Dustin Dorough to EMCEE the event. Dustin brings a wealth of announcement experience to the OCR arena and is best known for his role as announcer for Spartan Race.