Once again, I am grateful for the opportunity to be working with such a wonderful company. This group of Navy SEALs are no ordinary people, and true to their nature they are not willing to settle for second best. Already, with only two events under their belts, they are on par with companies such as Reebok Spartan Race and Tough Mudder. Actually, with the SEAL demonstration, helicopter rides, and the way they handled the mixup in the elite race, I’d say they went a step above.
I’ll explain: As is often the case with 9 mile courses such as this where you have to mark nearly every foot to keep people on the trail, somehow, someway, somebody went through a section of the course, moved the markers out of their way, and failed to put them back. The error was caught too late to get everyone back on track, and the top 7 runners ended out skipping part of the course. For the first time in OCR history as far as I know, BattleFrog owned up to this completely and ended out paying full prize money to the top 3 finishers of the shortened course, and to the top 3 competitors who made it through the entire course.
Once again, BattleFrog had a great course. Big obstacles, fun obstacles, challenging obstacles, they brought us up the largest hills, and through a beautiful river section. Even though it was 9 miles, the constant variety kept it exciting throughout.
It was a challenging course, and we were flirting with 100 degree weather. It was a recipe for disaster, but water stations were plentiful and they utilized nearly every water pit there was on the property, enabling everyone to survive the day.
Have I mentioned the Navy SEAL demonstration? It’s a show you don’t want to miss. Along with what you typically get at an OCR event, there were also plenty of tables and chairs set up under large tents so you could relax out of the sun, and two bounce houses to keep the kids entertained.
Like I said though, BattleFrog is not going to settle for second best. There were a lot of little issues that they are determined to solve. They don’t take them lightly, and want to make BattleFrog the greatest OCR experience you have ever had. I am confident that we will find a way to make the next event in West Virginia the best one yet. I hope to see you all there.
On a personal note, I decided to run with a camera and take pictures along the way instead of “racing” through the course like I usually do. It was fun taking the time to watch so many of you work your way through the course.