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.
Recently, Jones of New England Spahtens started another venture and avenue to continue to promote the sport of OCR and the local obstacle racing scene in New England with the formation of the New England Spahtens Podcast. In doing so New England Spahtens is the first club in the United States to have their own dedicated podcast.
F.I.T. Challenge has been on the New England scene for a few years now. The popular local series offers both spring and fall versions of its race and recently held their sixth event. I've missed the last few races in the series but based on the glowing reviews from previous events, I was excited to see how they've grown and improved.
After patiently waiting years for Spartan Race to bring their Super event to New England, we were finally rewarded. We were close last year with a pre-registration for the event but it never materialized. However, many New Englanders were thrilled when one showed up on this year’s schedule. Along with the Vermont Beast and the Fenway Park/Boston Sprints scheduled for later in the year, it was our first opportunity to add that elusive blue pizza slice to our multi-colored all New England Trifecta medals.
April 1st lots of news from the OCR World. Spartan helps Google with Project Loon, Tough Mudder announces Baby Mudder, All major OCR groups combine.
Mother Nature was a good sport and provided an amazing day for this event, the temperatures ranged from the start (11:00 AM) to the end (4:30 PM) from about 36 °F to 34 °F. The area also had a snow storm only a day earlier, which dropped about three to four inches of fresh snow on the course which made for some nice soft snow and more of a challenge.
Quality local racing is the only way the OCR world can grow. Putting a grassroots effort behind them, and getting the entire community on board to do so is a huge part of that effort, and is New England Spahtens way of trying to make that happen.