“It’s about commitment and if you’re not going to commit- you don’t need to be here! We don’t have time for excuses. Excuses won’t do anything for you. ‘Excuses’ does not care about you. ‘Excuses’ does not love you….”
– Coach Pain
I approached my first Bonefrog Challenge with high expectations. I had heard great things about past events and the company does a great job promoting themselves through their website and social media platforms. I showed up event day with hopes for a course that would truly push my limits and make me work to get to the finish line.
Registration was a little bit of a mad house when I arrived, but that does happen at times to even the most organized events. That being said it was a dash to get to the start line and I scrambled with my bib and timing chip while kneeling with my fellow participants. Coach Pain did an amazing job building everyone up and getting them ready for whatever hurdles they were about to face. His words really stuck with me and were a highlight to the overall experience.
And just like that, it was time to go.
I completed the Tier 1 course which was accomplished by doing both the Challenge and Sprint courses. The two courses overlapped so in order to complete Tier 1 the last few miles had to be done twice. This event had a lot of basic obstacles that can be found at almost any obstacle course race that it out on the market. The unfortunate thing is that to me, the obstacles came across as redundant and simple. I have done quite a few races over the past couple years, so it is in my nature to compare to other venues and companies. As a first time racer I most likely would have enjoyed this more than as an experienced participant.
There were a lot of low crawls and simple walls that made up what seemed to be the majority of the course. The bigger obstacles did not seem to be put together as well as they could have been, even though everything managed to hold together throughout the duration of the event. I really loved the “black ops” monkey bars in front of the giant american flag. This one obstacle made for some really memorable finisher photos and truly stunning shots. I do wish that there were more photographers on course, but there were at least a couple out there that resulted in everyone getting a few official race photos.
I feel that the Tier 1 finishers should receive all three medals available for the event, but maybe that is just because I am a bit of a medal whore. The medals and finisher shirts were both of nice quality but neither were special enough to get extra praise or attention.
At the end of the day, I do not know that I would rush to sign up for another event in Florida due to the show they put on and the high entry cost. I would be very interested in trying out a Bonefrog Challenge in another state since I have heard that other locations are able to bring more to the table and leave a more positive impact on the participants.