What I look for here is, does the race start on time? Are they still working on obstacles up to race time? Do they seem to be running around like the Keystone Cops?
I’d have to say that all the waves started on time if only slightly behind but not noticeable to myself or even heard anyone talk about. The BattleFrog Start balloon deflated but they were able to fix that rather quickly. I didn’t get the impression there was much disorganization here and the waves were able to get out there.
So the race itself was pretty challenging, especially when you introduce the bike trails. But that is the whole reason for using Amelia, it so utilize the ups and downs of that course. What I did like about it was that BattleFrog was able to create the course so much different than the other times I’ve been at Amelia. The obstacles were good, well laid out and planned accordingly so that you were challenged but not too exhausted as to get to the next one and put your all in.
Some of the obstacles that stick out to me are the rope traversal, the swinging rope thing on the angled boards, the monkey bars, the quarter pipe at the end, the over unders in the water, and carrying the sand bags. I know they all have names but I’m too lazy to look them up. For about 99% of the obstacles, I didn’t see really any backups with the exception of the rope traversal in which I decided to swim across since that was an option and I didn’t feel like waiting for so long.
Race results and awards:
I think that BattleFrog has great medals, especially for the Xtreme which was a large medal black ‘X’ along with a BattleFrog on it. With each lap, you get a star which made it that much better. The 15k and the 5k medals were of similar design with the American flag and the BattleFrog on each with the 15k medal being larger. They were good quality and one of those things that make you want to do another BattleFrog just for the cool bling itself. Medals are big with me as it shows that with a good medal, you generally get a good race (generally) because they took the time to put thought into not only the race but what you’ll bring with you for the memory of that race. So hats off to the medals of BattleFrog.
Getting the results were fairly easy as well since they were posted and I was able to get my multiple stars for my multiple laps. The chips did a good job of keeping track of times and keeping track of my laps so there were no complaints here.
Definitely not a Warrior Dash party afterwards and people did not hang around very long. To be fair though, it was raining ALL DAY and it was a torrential rain so it makes sense that the after events didn’t keep people around. The Central Florida BF is coming up so I’ll really get a sense of what BattleFrog does for after race fun.
I liked BattleFrog, I liked it a lot actually and I would say that 95% of everything went as expected and I would say that the race has made me want to do more of them. I think the price point is a bit steep but judging from the numbers of people who attended that I witnessed, that didn’t seem much of a problem. Though I do think they could come down on the price some and still have as good a quality race as they had in Miami. Supply and demand will take care of that as if they can’t draw the numbers in they may be forced to come down on price some but that shouldn’t take away too much the quality of the race, at least in my opinion.
Would I do it again? Of course, the Xtreme version is worth coming back for more and to actually have a race endorse multiple laps and getting something out of it? Definitely. I also think it’s a good race for everyone else and does a perfect balance of catering to elite runners while making it challenging and fun for those who don’t care about competition. Two thumbs up here.
Who is Chris? Christopher Ortega is an OCR enthusiast and a proud member of Team MudRunFun. He has been involved with the OCR community in one way or another for the past three years. In his weekly life, he is a Director of Application Development and BI for a healthcare company but during the weekends, you will likely find him at an obstacle course race running multiple laps. His other hobbies include hanging out with his kids, reading books on history, business, and philosophy as well as an occasional game of chess while smoking a cigar.