HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Fans of endurance obstacle races will have another opportunity to prove their resolve this summer at the first BattleFrog Obstacle Race event to be held in Berkeley County.
Held at the Tomahawk MX Park in Hedgesville, BattleFrog is a series of obstacle races designed by a team of retire Navy SEALs. The one-day event will take place July 19.
"The entire experience is designed to represent what SEALs go through in their training, but in a fun way, of course. SEALs are stationed at the major obstacles to offer support and advice, and there are SEAL-themed demos and displays in the festival area," said Kraig Becker, media director for BattleFrog, in an email to The Journal.
The race consists of three different courses, the BattleFrog, a 15K race with a minimum of 25 obstacles; the BullFrog, a 5K with a minimum of 15 obstacles; Tadpole, a children's 1K with a series of fun obstacles; and Tadpole Jr., a children's Half-K.
The BattleFrog and BullFrog courses are open to ages 16 and older. The Tadpole race is for ages 7 to 10. The Tadpole Jr. race is for ages 4 to 6, who will run the course with their parents.
Tomahawk MX Park co-owner Leanne Gouchenour said she and her husband were approached by BattleFrog about hosting an event, and a quick two-hour site visit clinched the park as an ideal location.
"Our location is good because we're included in the metropolitan loop, with our property less than an hour from Baltimore and D.C. We have dirt bike and ATV trails, which they're going to include in the running portion of the race. We also have a large pond on site that they'll use as part of the obstacles," Gouchenour said.
The BattleFrog and BullFrog courses will include elements of mud, running, climbing walls, crawling and swinging. Both courses can be run individually or as teams, although both contain obstacles that must be completed as a team.
Participants can register online at www.battlefrogseries.com/greaterdc2014. The entry fee is $119 for the BattleFrog, $80 for the BullFrog, $30 for the Tadpole and $20 for the Tadpole Jr.
Participants will receive a medal, T-shirt and race bib with their entry fee.
"There is also an important charitable component to BattleFrog that we feel is vitally important as well. Proceeds from each event will go to support several SEAL-related charities, including the SEAL Museum and the Navy SEAL Foundation," Becker said.
Parking is currently at the Tomahawk BX Park, but if registration increases to several thousand participants, Gouchenour said off-site parking will be made available. According to the BattleFrog website, registration is at 20 percent.
Gouchenour said BattleFrog is responsible for obtaining insurance for the event as well as medical support and traffic support for the event.
"We're hoping to make it annual. I think we're both waiting to see how this event works, but they've already asked us about two dates for next year," Gouchenour said.
Information from: The Journal, http://journal-news.net/