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BONEFROG 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.
With at least 30 military-style obstacles on courses that range from 3-9 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.
Team or Individual
Our event will foster camaraderie, period. Form a team ahead of time or link up with others when you get here. 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. BONEFROG offers fun and activities for all ages! Let the kids come watch you race and then let them loose on our Tadpole kids course where they can play in the mud and race on scaled down obstacles just like mom and dad.
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I would give no stars if possible. Absolutely terrible customer relations, ran out of medals, didn't have enough course support, and still didn't get the medals out even a month later. Will never race them again and will tell everyone I know not to race them.
I have been running Bonefrog for five years as it was one of the most enjoyable OCR's out there. This past weekend was a miserable experience and an absolute unprofessional event put on at Bonefrog DC on 7/20. I ran endurance last year and got the gold frog pin which was the pinnacle of my OCR career next to getting the Ultra Beast Spartan belt buckle. This year i thought I would try for the Trident medal by running all 3 Bonefrog races in one day. Well, that one day was extreme heat advisories in the 110 degree range with humidity. After the first 6 miles I felt like quitting. But after a drink and a peanut butter sandwich I made my way to the start line and 6 hours later crossed the finish line earning my Trident with my family watching on. Only I was told by a volunteer that they ran out of Trident medals and write my name on a list to get mine in the mail. How does any race organization host an event and not have enough hardware? The race results page showed that 17 people that registered for Trident didn't finish , so again I ask how does a company let that happen. Not saying you can't make a mistake, you just can't make that one as people are pushing themselves in those conditions only to be told we don't have any medals. To which Bonefrog has not even mentioned or talked about in any social media or sent any emails apologizing for not being prepared. It appears they jump right on the positive comments where everybody is all rah-rah. Also, who was at the finish line when the last 10 racers came across? 2 volunteers one of which was a young boy who said "hey here is your 3 medals for challenge, sprint, and Tier-1. Am I on another planet right now? what happened to the staff members or SEALS who were suppose to put the medal on you. Truth is when its 2:30 they start packing up and could care less that your still on the course. So, after my wife gave them my info to mail the TRIDENT medal she talked me off the ledge because I was besides myself delirious from the heat. I then decided to go over to the merchandise tent to get a Trident shirt at least because Bonefrog gives out the generic finisher shirt to everyone. Guess what? No one is working the tent!!! I am trying to give you my money and no one is even around, what a joke! This whole camaraderie and teamwork mantra they advertise went by the waste side this day because I felt on an island all alone. It seriously had the feel of a circus or carnival that comes to town and they get their money and hot tale it out of there. Let's talk about that heat because Bonefrog stated they were a go no matter what even though other races were cancelling they prided themselves on forging on. Which, I thought was OK and was completely fine with however, they did nothing about racer safety!! No earlier start, no mention at the start about hydrating and knowing your limits. Like a safety brief to ensure everybody has piece of mind. No staff or Volunteers along the way throughout major stretches of the race. No one even coming by with a four wheeler to check on racers. Totally inexcusable given the fact that SPARTAN host a sprint a mile down the road and does things the right way. If I passed out during the race I might still be there. Tent issues - Endurance/ Trident/ and elite racers have an area under a staging tent that is a complete waste. Could you spring on one that has a little more coverage? It was about 25% covered by shade of which every racer was trying to get a piece of coming in from a leg of the race. No water available, and no fan. Key note about the fan, they did have one at the finish line and one on the ladies in the beer tent that was completely in the shade under a tree. Now when I think of SEALS, I think about cold water and them laying in the surf shivering as it has been portrayed in numerous shows and films. Why don't you have a cold water obstacle and call it surf torture? Hell, a hose with a sprinkler would have provided some relief in those dangerous temperatures. I feel like they did nothing but cross their fingers in the hopes no one got seriously hurt or worse. I know that i am piling it on but it is only due to my disappointment because Bonefrog was my favorite OCR and one that I saw myself doing for a long time. But now it seems like their mailing it in and getting sloppy and lazy. Bonefrog robbed me of a moment by having my family see me put that Trident medal on signifying all the training and work I put in to prepare for that. This one definitely stings a little. I would like to add that the limited number of volunteers that worked that day were some of the nicest and best people I have ever met. I understand a lot of people bailed because of the heat. Overall, when you spend that amount of time on the course it sucks to be forgotten about at the finish line and continues on when they act like nothing ever happened. If its because its no big deal to them then I guess you won't be seeing me at Bonefrog events anymore. Hard to believe they are expanding into other cities, looking from the outside their business model could use some work, especially in the area of customer service.
My Favorite OCR
This was the favorite obstacle course race of any I have ever done. Let me preface this by saying I have run six tough mudders, six spartan races, and two savage races. I ran the Bonefrog Endurance race this weekend in Virginia Beach and it was an absolute blast. Everybody on the course was so friendly everybody volunteering for them was so encouraging and excited to be a part of this. It was an atmosphere filled with brand loyalty and genuine love for the sport. I absolutely loved their multi-Lap format. I have been waiting for races to do this for years: just give us access to the course and let us run it as many times as we can from the start of the day to the end of the day. This was my dream race format and it did not disappoint in anyway shape or form. The medals were unique and well-made. The T-shirts were also clearly very well thought out and on really nice cotton material rather than dri-fit. The obstacles were very unique, I especially loved that the sandbag carry included a crawl with the sand bag. You could tell that they put a lot of thought into how they laid out the course in order to add and small and exciting challenges where other race designers might have completely ignored the potential to mix things up. The registration process was flawless, the location and venue very well laid out, and the pricing extremely fair. Thank you so much Bonefrog for the best racing experience of my OCR career.
This was my first Bonefrog Challenge. Overall, I would say it was challenging and fun but there were a few negatives that left me feeling disappointed.
I was signed up for the Tier-1 Non-Elite Wave starting at 8:30 but for some reason the wave actually started at 8:15, so when I got to the start at 8:18, everyone had already left. So I had to start by myself, not a way anyone wants to start off a race.
The race had multiple back-log issues and long wait times. To be fair, this was mostly due to people being slow and not being able to complete obstacles, but I think a large factor was just the fact that there were far too many people. I think it would be wise to limit the number of people in the future. Most of the back-log occurred towards the end of the Sprint portion, where too many obstacles were crammed into too short of a distance. I think the spacing of the obstacles could've been a little better.
Lastly, there was very little staff/volunteer assistance on the course. Most of the obstacles didn't even have anyone there, so a lot of people would just skip through obstacles or half-ass them with no penalty. Of course you can't catch everything, but more staff would've prevented a lot of that I think.
Make it on Saturday, not Sunday
I have not run this or any other obstacle race yet to date. I would like to run this one, but it is frustrating that most of them seem to be scheduled on Sundays. It is very important to me to go to church and worship collectively, and I am sure I am not the only person who feels this way. I wish race organizers would consider this when scheduling a race
BoneFrogNJ Good but not Great
It is important to keep these mid-level OCRs going as valid options to Spartan and Tough Mudder. Last year I ran the Sprint and loved how the penalties for failing the obstacles were sort of geared to that obstacle - 20 push ups for failing the inverted wall, or 30 jumping jacks for failing the chopper, for example. And I like Bonefrog's obstacles - most are the obvious walls, low crawls, inverted wall. But then there are unique and challenging ones. (I'm not going to spoil them by telling you about them here, except for this one - for one of the low crawls, I was bringing my sand bag with me). Last year you could try an obstacle over and over until you conquered it or gave up and did the penalties.
However, this year there was no penalties for failing an obstacle, at least not in the morning in the open run. I'm all for keeping it fun for everybody, but if you are going to time it, shouldn't you impose a penalty for a failed obstacle? Something? Weird.
Also, the course needed someone on the course where it breaks up between the challenge course and sprint course. I wasn't the only one confused. There was only a labeled flag that could have been easily overlooked, and I overheard other racers wondering if they were on the right path.
The obstacles weren't all that spaced out, but the venue wasn't really geared towards that, so I don't blame BoneFrog for that. Plus I understand that they want to showcase the big obstacles for the spectators at the end, and to be honest, I was totally looking forward to the end just to get to the Chopper and that crazy obstacle with those horizontal tree trunks! I love/hate that thing!
Lastly, and I don't mean to just complain, but I wish there was a couple more water stations on the course.
I want BoneFrog to succeed. but for me it needs to fix some of these problems to become a great OCR option.
Bonefrog Sprint April 2018
Our first Bonefrog race and we thought it was a lot of fun! We ran the Sprint distance. We found the obstacles to be different and challenging but not overly difficult. Several obstacles we've never seen on other OCRs which was very cool.
Plenty of volunteers serving water, explaining the obstacles, and directing the racers on the right direction. Rolling thunder and BlackOps had a little bit of a wait but otherwise it was a smooth race.
The race shirts and medals are BA and the military support was awesome. We will definitely do this race again.
Not quite sure why there are so many excellent reviews...
Due to the safety of the obstacles, the poor staff assist, long wait times/back up at obstacles, poor overall challenge of endurance/strength/mobility.
I did the Spring Distance with 20 obstacles. It was largely boring and easy. I.E. the running was most flat terrain, unchallenging, and obstacles lacked diversity and/or intensity not to mention SAFETY. I witnessed several nasty injuries. Just some common sense, some hay/straw/padding or some staff around would make a big difference.
I've completed the Civilian Military Combine years ago and if you ask me that was a 5 star mud run experience - not this run. Would not do it again.
Great first race in Tier 1 !!
My first run of the Hesco Bone Frog in Concord, NC was a different and great experience. I ran the Tier 1 non-elite which included running both the Challenge (8 mile) and Sprint (3 mile) courses back to back.
Looking at the Challenge course:
The terrain was a different challenge compared to other OCR races. Most other OCR races design the running trails in a semi navigable way; whether it’s using a hiking trail or bushwhacking a new path. This course however was mostly in the middle of the woods with small marker flags on the ground roughly 10 – 20 yards away from each other. There was no actual trail most of the time to travel. I found myself running through thick layers of fallen leaves, random thorn branches, root vines and fallen tree branches. The ground was non-visible while running which gave an additional challenge of uncertainty of footing safety.
On the obstacles, some of the rope swing areas had little grip on the already thin ropes to grab. Some of the grips where a round rubber object the size of a tennis ball to grab while swinging from one to the other. These required quick planning with a lot of forearm & grip strength to maintain stability. The 31 Heroes obstacles was also interesting. I’m not a new to burpees at all, but having to recite the first name of fallen military heroes -written in small font on a board -in the format of each person’s official rank (ex: Chief Petty Officer Matthew D. Monroe) was a different challenge. I kept finding myself getting lost keeping up with the order of names on the board. The grenade toss was unique, although not much of a challenge. Pretty much toss a grenade (like a game of cornhole) into a bucket about 15 feet away. This allowed as many attempts as needed until complete, so slight bottle necking did occur for racers.
Looking at the Sprint section of the course:
The terrain on this section of the course had a noticeable difference. The long running areas where rarely in a heavy forest area. The running happened in open fields that where clearly flagged, the terrain was visible although footing was a little random, and hills where not nearly as steep.
The random obstacles where a little easier aside from the challenge/failure consequences ones (which these seemed to be found mostly in the Sprint area). Most of the high walls to climb where not constantly tall (around 5-6 feet) and only 1 inverted. The sandbag carry obstacle wasn’t as heavy as other races and the travel loop was on a clear, flat, and minor hill area.
The only water soaked areas was during the Sprint race portion. The deepest the water in the stream got was about 4 feet deep. The only deep mud section was also before this area. The racers would travel through thick mud about 2 feet deep and then travel through the cold stream.
Other unique things:
-The wire crawl areas in Bone Frog compared to other OCR races are low, VERY low. Pretty much had to quick shuffle with my body completely flat against the ground. I was wearing a small camelback that kept getting caught on the lines if I wore it in the crawling attempt. After the first crawl area, having to stop to untangle myself multiple times, I ended up taking the pack off and crawling with it rather than wearing it.
-There is a good amount of water stations for racers with a small waiting time if any.
-The volunteers are hit or miss in telling people how to attempt an obstacle. Regardless, they were all very supportive and motivated racers to push hard.
-The race is very patriotic. The national anthem is sung before the first race, most the volunteers AND runners seem to have military association; and a lot of other things here & there.
-Teams can run together for time. Teams can register to run together working as a team and also have a separate area of results for competing.
-Runners in general had good running etiquette. Everyone knew how to respond to “on your left” when passing, people helped others who needed it on obstacles, and causal racers let competitive runners pass them in an obstacle line if the they called out “for time” or “competitive”.
-The race was a lot smaller running crowd wise compared to other OCRs. For all the events for the day, there was around 726 racers total. There was very little bottlenecking on obstacles; even later in the day. The festival area was small but good. 1 swag tent, 1 food truck, showers to wash off at, bag drop off, military interest tent, medical tent.
-Some obstacles have penalties if racers cannot complete what is required and multiple attempts ARE allowed (except for the Elite race). Penalties are usually around the lines of – 15 squats, or pushups, or jumping jacks etc.
-There’s not really much mud covering obstacles. There are shallow random pits through the course, but they are mostly ankle deep. Their wasn’t much to shower off in the end.
-The after party was non-existent? A few people who finished the race said thy usually have a beer tent, but this year it was oddly missing?
After completing a lot of Spartan Races, Tough Mudder, and Warrior Dash; I have to say that this race is my second favorite with Spartan being most preferred. I really like the vibe of the venue and the unique types of challenges offered. There are a lot of upper body challenges that involve dead hanging with traversing or wall climbing. This may be a little more challenging for beginners. The endurance areas that involve carrying or dragging heavy objects where much easier than expected due to the weight being considerably less than other races. The rope climbing sections where also a little easier because the ropes where much thicker than normal and simple to grip. I’m glad I ultimately ran the Tier 1.
The part I liked the most was the unique obstacles and how little the Challenge trail was marked. Although I did get lost momentarily once or twice (and I heard a lot of people didn’t like the lack of direction markers and called it a lazy setup from the event organizers), I saw it as a new CHALLENGE. Being a reader of the SealFit novels, one of the points addressed is how life won’t always give direct signs of the way to travel and you will have to look harder to find what you want. I took those lessons, and lack of visual path markings, as a challenge motivator to pay better attention and regulate energy more efficiently.
Advice for beginners- this race will provide a higher difficulty than Warrior Dash but not as hard as Spartan Race. I would stick to the Sprint if completely green to these events since the trail is easier to navigate.
Advice for the challenge seeking racer/experienced- This is a race where runners and physically balanced savvy people will have great time blasting through areas that require mainly great bodyweight endurance. The obstacles won’t really slow down race time. If you prefer longer races, then definitely try the combined Tier 1 race or Endurance; just watch your footing in the woods seeing as a lot of racers did roll their ankles early in the race. Personally, I wouldn’t have been as satisfied if I didn’t attempt Tier 1. If you are a heart attacked seeker and like going all out for a short distance, the Sprint is perfect for that as well.
“Life is what happens while you are busy planning for it – get up, get moving, and GET AFTER IT!”
-Bone Frog Ethos
I’ve competed in many obstacle courses prior to this one.All great in their own way, but none had the same powerful patriotic feeling like this event. From the huge American flag to the silent professionals, The “voice” and DJ included, to the determined competitors and participants and the very reasonable merchandise prices, this experience was worth every penny!! I really hope it becomes as big as the Spartan, this experience needs to be shared with every Patriotic and grateful American.