The latest in Extreme Endurance Events - The Gauntlet in Macon, Georgia recently mades it's debut. Our contributor Devin Cas tells the story of this unique event.
Rugged Maniac returned to the Georgia International Horse Park to bring their 5k to one of the most OCR-friendly venues near Atlanta, willing and ready to change the minds of some people who thought their course from the previous year left low expectations compared to other major companies in the industry. I can honestly admit I was one of those people after racing last year, with my best description as “It was alright” this year that changed.
“Are you ready for the suck?” was a question posed almost half a dozen times to me within the first 30 minutes of arriving to the venue at Fort Yargo State Park in North Georgia. As a solid obstacle racer I was thinking “yeah, yeah, I've heard this phrase all too often lately” but I must admit I was in for a rude awakening! The Special Ops Series Green Beret Challenge was an endurance event to test both the physical and mental strength of even the strongest competitors.
A quick thunder storm came in Friday night at Carolina Adventure World to set the tone for the race weekend in which Battle Frog held its second event ever. The storm cooled the air for a little while that night, but it wasn't enough to save anybody from the blistering heat to come during the race. The sun was already shining bright by the time the elite heat racers took the start line. For anybody who hasn't been to an OCR at Carolina Adventure World, it is one of the most underrated and unexpected terrains for a course in the Southeast.
This past Saturday I must say I was practically spoiled: there was FINALLY a local obstacle race to go! No waking up at 4 am to hit the road toward Atlanta or Columbia, no need to drive 3 hours the night before to stay in a cheap hotel before a race, racking up a pretty penny for the weekend when it’s all said and done. The Fort Gordon Marine Mud Challenge took place right here in my backyard of Augusta, GA, right smack dab in the middle of the namesake Army Post.
The course was challenging, but what I loved most about it is that it was FUN! And I don’t mean fun thinking back on the course once crossing the finish line after having looks of anguish on my face for 40 minutes to an hour plus like I usually do.
From the starting line, you could see almost every obstacle on the 1.6 mile winding motocross-like course, sans the dirt and mud. At 9:00 sharp the first of the 19 male teams took off, with the next team leaving each minute after. The longest stretch of running without a true “man-made” obstacle was right out the gate, with maybe 250 yards before the fight began.