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Robb McCoy joins Bone Frog Challenge

#racelocal and the New England OCR scene just got a little bit more awesome.

11073578_834434089963608_275746813643007483_oWe’re excited to be the first to announce that Robb McCoy, evil mastermind behind FIT Challenge – is joining the Bone Frog Challenge team as a Race Co-Ordinator for their expanding 2016 season!

What does this mean?

FIT Challenge is going no where!

Robb is still the owner and operator of one of the best short course OCR’s in the region, and it still operates independently – but along side his duties as “Chief Bicep Officer” of FIT, he will now also be working along side the Bone Frog Challenge crew, leading their road crew as they expand down the east coast in 2016.

The decision to bring Robb onto the Bone Frog team was easy. He is an incredible asset to any OCR and his involvement in Bone Frog’s growth will be instrumental in bringing us to the next level. His first hand knowledge of obstacles as well as OCR operations is where we will be utilizing his skills. We could not be more proud to welcome him into the Bone Frog family” – Brian Carney

With races already announced for Carolina Adventure World, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia – and of course the annual return to the best mountain in Western MA – Berkshire East – and more to be announced – Bone Frog is growing, and doing it the best way this industry knows – organically and with the best people in the sport involved.

I couldn’t be more excited to join Brian and the Bone Frog team. Aside from the absolute top notch events Bonefrog produces, their values as an organization are second to none. I’m honored to be a part of their expansion as a company and can’t wait to get on that mountain in May!” – Robb McCoy

(oh, and there are some other well known names from our local community joining his team, such as Scott Sweeney, already volunteer co-ordinator at FIT, will be the new Bone Frog Challenge volunteer co-ordinator- another superb choice).

Congratulations to everyone – we think this is an awesome move – and #racelocal is only going to be even better, as a result!

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The Kids Are In The Game!

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Soon, the 2016 #racelocal Grand Prix will be on us.  Walls will be climbed, heavy things carried, miles will be run, mountains will be scaled.  There are medals to be earned.  One of the items we are very excited, and very proud, to announce about ~this year’s~ 2016 Grand Prix is it’s not just for *you* any longer.

It’s time to get the kids into the game!

A few early details for you: Some races will have a minimum age requirement, some will not.  Some will have a minimum age requirement, and require the child to run with their parent.  But this year your children are going to have the ability to run, crawl, jump, get muddy, and #racelocal right along with you! FULL details are coming very soon!

MaAlong with the registration information, there will be information about how to register your child for #racelocal as well.  While you are earning swag for your races, so will your child (or children). Oh, wait…you didn’t think we’d save all the cool stuff for the big kids, did you?  Oh, no…we have a lot of very cool things lined up just for the kids division!  The more they race, the more they earn!

What could be better than spending the day together, racing, and earning cool swag?  That’s what we thought, too…nothing!  Which is why we’ve put this whole thing (and prizes) together!

Racing should be able to combine all of your passions together, and now it can.  We told you the 2016 #racelocal was going to be bigger and better than ever, and we mean it.

Now, look – medals and prizes are fantastic, we all enjoy earning them.  We have all crossed a finish line with friends, our battle buddies. Imagine taking on a race with your family! Helping each other on the course, building memories as you finish the race together; those would be memories which would stay with you, and your family members, forever!  Ultimately this is the big goal, to bring us all together.  #racelocal #strongertogether

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We hope you have questions, and we hope you’re as excited as we are! Keep your eyes peeled, more information will be coming soon!  All questions will be answered soon!

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Out of Dagobah

Somebody crashed a damn X-Wing into my swamp and spoiled my slumber. Now I have to go fire up an ancient Macbook and take to the keys. 40 years old you become, cranky too, you will be.

“Fear is the path of the Darkside. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Master Yoda

The worst fear is the fear we don’t even realize we have, and that is the fear that leads to anger. Its not the fear from with out that breeds hate. Its the fear from within. The things we fear about ourselves that we fear will be let out into the light. Jung’s “shadow”. When we see it reflected inn others, that which we fear in ourselves, we lash out. When you take to the internet and condemn others, your own fears about yourself spill out.

“Just because you are a character, doesn’t mean you have character.” The Wolf

Everyone is the the lead character of their own story. Most people believe they are the Hero. But if you are the villain of someone else’s story. you are probably the Villain of your own as well. It’s been said time and again that most people are their own worst enemy and I think that’s accurate. If your choice of options is to belittle, degrade or dehumanize another person for some trumped up reason in your own mind, you’re a bad person. It’s really that simple. Instead of being someone who others look up too, you simply attract sycophants who agree with you out of fear. Which leads to anger, and hate, and then suffering. So instead of being a bright, happy, respectful person. You become a twisted, bitter, angry, wrathful wretch.

Character is one of those words which many can define yet, few seem to understand. It’s quite simply the moral and mental process which lead to an individual’s choices and actions. Correlation does not imply causation however. What I mean is just because you do something good for others to see, does not mean you really are good. Dave Barry the humorist wrote: “If someone is nice to you but rude to the waiter, they aren’t a nice person.” To really be nice, you first have to think nice, then speak nice, and then: AND THEN, do nice.

Dennis Prager wrote: “Goodness is about character- integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage and the like. More than anything else; it is about how we treat other people.” Similarly Buddhism is often attributed to these five factors when speaking; Is it spoken at the right time? Is it spoken in truth? Is it spoken affectionately? Is it spoken beneficially? Is it spoken with the mind of goodwill? With all of these things in mind, when you interact with other people either in person, or over the internet, if you can’t qualify your thought and your speech by these ideas, your probably speaking with fear. And with fear you will only find anger, hate and suffering.

Master Yoda told us that the path of fear would lead to the Darkside. Lucas however didn’t define the path of the light side. Probably because it would appear too religious and didn’t fit his sci-fi movie. But we can discern it for ourselves with no need to attach currently practiced religious canon. Understanding is the path of the Lightside. Understanding leads to joy. Joy leads to happiness. Happiness leads to love. Love never finds fault. Some guy long ago tried to teach these ideas. We haven’t come to understand his message or any other great teacher who tried. Some day we will though. Some day.

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Spartan’s Burpee Penalty is Staying

Thanks to a blog post, 5 Obstacle Racing Trends to Watch in 2015, by Ekaterina Solovieva, the rumor mill was crazy with the idea that Spartan Race had eliminated penalty burpees from their races (her blog has since been updated assuring people the Spartan Burpee is here to stay and with her apologies).  With each rumor I read there was a different understanding on how Spartan would be making the change.  Some were in line with how Battlefrog handles elites, others were in line with how OCR World Championships worked.

When a search on Spartan’s Facebook page and website couldn’t corroborate what I had read, I reached out to Aja Varney, Customer Service at Spartan Race.  Here’s what she had to say: “Hey! So, that was speculation by blogger that seemed to turn into a crazy rumor. There is no plans to get rid of burpees at this time – we love them too much.”

A few helpful links with the current rules and guidelines:

Rules, Guidelines and Penalties for Spartan Race Obstacles

Standard Obstacle Specific Instructions

Spartan World Championship Athlete Standards and Guidelines

Spartan World Championship Penalties & Disqualification

And just in case people are still unclear on what a Spartan Burpee is!

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Superhero Scramble – the future

shslogoI really can’t look into the future, and I have no insider knowledge for whatever counts as Superhero Scramble HQ these days. This isn’t a judgement of character or life style choice.

This is simply about a race that has been to New England twice now – put on some fun times for us – and is still accepting New England cash to come back in 2015.

My recommendation has to be that you should not register.

As many of you know, they recently had venue issues with the tri-state event. Lots of issues. Two (at least) venue relocations, and ultimately a full cancellation. Refunds WERE offered, and if you got one, I’d love to hear from you, because I didn’t.

However, the New England event we saw in 2014 was fantastic. It didn’t show a company in trouble. They pulled out everything they had and the course was both challenging, well built and well marshaled for safety. The festival was jumping – although much of that may have been to the Sports Park staff and crew, as we’ve seen in previous races.

At the time, I remember having to explain to people – especially new runners – that despite the gloss and shine of the New England event, it wasn’t always that way. In other regions, events were being relocated, rescheduled and “postponed” (which is OCR Race speak for “canceled, but you aren’t getting your money back” – at least in my personal opinion).

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SHS NE 2014 – Biggest Team

In fact, a common turn of phrase was that Superhero Scramble was a Florida race, with a New England event. They seemed to do well in their home state, but struggle everywhere else outside New England, where we saw their best side, and brought good turn out.

Thats changed. Recently they postponed their Central Florida event, scheduled for next January – due to low numbers. Even more recently, the North Florida in November 2014 event was “postponed” for the same reason. “Compensation” will come – but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

This means Superhero Scramble, the well polished event that used to bring out the elites, pay out prize money (eventually) and showed us a great time just a few months ago has now postponed ALL events scheduled for their home state, have nothing on the calendar for 2014, and are postponing events as far ahead as January 2015 for low attendance – but still have registration open for New England 2015 next June.

Again, my personal recommendation is to not register.

This doesn’t even take into account the recent bizarre shopping rewards program they recently announced – which is so out of left field I’m not sure what they expected the OCR community to think of it …

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Renegade Run – year three!

This year will see the third rendition of the Renegade Run, put on by Type One LLC. I made it to their first year, and was ice stormed out of the second year (seriously, while you were all running, I was sitting at the side of the road, unable to go forward!).

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I’m hearing already that the wave they’ve set aside for the New England Spahtens is pretty full, and with code NESPAHTENS getting you $10 off the ticket price, why not run with the best OCR community out there?

Where: Wompatuck State Park, Hingham, MA
When: SUNDAY Oct 26th, 10am
How: http://typeonerenegaderun.com/register-now/

– It’s been a busy time for Type One – with the American Heart Association and Mass Mayhem projects – how many of those events are part of your full time calendar?

It has been a fantastic year so far! We are coming off of extremely successful events, Mass Mayhem and The American Heart Association Heart Challenge! The positive feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive, and it energizes us to continue to produce these races, and make each one better than the previous! We are focused on this year’s Renegade Run at this time, and will soon after look to schedule our next events. We have every intention on repeat performances of both Mayhem and the Challenge in the coming years!

– Renegade Run was bigger and more badass last year – how do you plan to top it again this year? What lessons were learned?

Renegade Run 2014 course map
Renegade Run 2014 course map

This years’s Renegade Run will be starting and finishing at the Campgrounds of Wompatuck, which allows us to chart an amazing course that includes some pretty impressive elevations! We have increased the course to 5 miles and it will be taking runners up and down Prospect Hill, which has some very technical wooded trails, with difficult terrain changes, as well as some paved trails. We have a slew of new obstacles and some old favorites that everyone will enjoy. We are always learning how to build upon our last event, both through our experiences and by listening to our participants, and we find room for improvement with each obstacle race we host. We know what makes a good race since we have participated in many, and do our best to incorporate all those elements we find to be outstanding. We strive to constantly evolve and give our runners an amazing and challenging workout, and a overall memorable experience! Complacency holds no place in this business and we have learned to constantly mix things up and creatively push the limits of our events.

– How much money have you raised for you chosen charity to date?

Our company’s mission is to raise money and awareness to cure type 1 diabetes. 25% of our profits are donated directly to the Faustman Lab at MGH to find a cure. The Faustman Lab is leading the way with their clinical trials to regenerate the pancreas in diabetics! While we have donated thousands of dollars to date for this cause, what is equally as important is to raise awareness to the masses, and we can say for sure we have touched upon tens of thousands of them! Many of our followers have also donated directly to Dr. Faustman’s research as well!

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Race spotlight: Run the Gauntlet

Denali_RTG_colorlogo-2014I don’t know why, but Gauntlet Races (Run the Gauntlet and Rock the Gauntlet) hid under my radar until recently, when I had the pleasure of meeting Amy, one of the organizers of the event and I wanted to put a bit more of a spotlight on them – they’re a CT based event, put on and backed by Denali stores. They put on two events a year, and have done for a couple of years now – and September is right on the beach making it something relatively unique in the area!

With a September event on the calendar – on a quiet Sunday, no less, definitely worth checking out!

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2014 mapWhat is the history behind Run the Gauntlet, and it’s involvement with Denali?
Over the past 5 or so years Denali has embarked on a mission to increase our community involvement and support of local non-profit organizations specifically those that promote access and preservation of green space as well as those that teach youth about leading healthy lifestyles and becoming future stewards of our land. To that end we have planned and hosted 10 or more events each year either in our stores or outside that can provide a fun filled or educational experience. Any event we put on is a benefit so its a win-win relationship with our non-profit partners. Run the Gauntlet this fall will be our 4th race in 3 years and we plan on continuing the event for many years to come. It is a great race for a great cause and participants, staff and volunteers alike all have a fun time.

What is the distance, obstacle style – and how competitive is Run the Gauntlet?
Run the Gauntlet is a 5k race with 14 obstacles along the course. Most obstacles are considered family friendly but some are rather challenging such as the 8 foot wall called “Get Over Yourself” and the Hammonasset Hurdles. Another challenge is the location itself with around half the course being in the sand at Hammonasset Beach State Park.

What charity partners do you work with?
Run the Gauntlet is a benefit race for The Shoreline Greenway Trail. This organization is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to building a 25-mile continuous path for bicyclists, walkers and hikers on the Connecticut Shoreline from Lighthouse Point in New Haven through East Haven, Branford, and Guilford to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison.

gauntlet amy 098As the organizer, tell me more about your OCR background?
JB Sports is the actual race director. They are an event management company that organizes some of New England’s top running events and health walks. They have over 30,000 participants annually, and have raised over $2,000,000 for charity. There are two of us on the race committee that have OCR experience. I have done 4 Tough Mudders, 3 GORUCK Challenges, 1 Merrell Down and Dirty, 1 Warrior Dash, GORUCK Nasty, and 1 GORUCK Light. Andrew has done 2 Tough Mudders, 2 Merrell Down and Dirty, 2 Warrior Dash, 1 Spartan, 1 Zombie Apocalypse, 1 Rugged Maniac, and 1 Super Hero Scramble.

Who do you hope to bring in to run the event, and what are the goals?
Run the Gauntlet is an event with broad appeal. Our goal is to provide a race with enough challenge to entice experienced racers but we also want this to be a family type event that appeals to our local community in support of a good cause. We employ a very experienced RD who has put on hundreds of road races but few obstacle races. Obstacles add a complex element to putting on a race…you have to be creative yet able to handle the logistics. It has been a learning experience for sure but we have grown our race attendance each year and hope to continue that trend. The race course is changed and improved upon year after year with new routes and different or additional obstacles. Our intention is to grow Run the Gauntlet each year by increasing racer registration as well as community involvement in the event through sponsorship and vendor participation.

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Introducing: O2X Summit Challenges

o2xlogoO2X Summit Challenge recently hit our radars after an Outside Magazine article describing their all natural approach to mountain running.

What the heck is it? Isn’t that just running up a mountain? Can’t I do that on my own?

After talking to the race directors, it’s pretty clear. O2X Summit Challenge is to “running up a ski slope”, as running 26.2 from your door step is to running the Boston Marathon – meaning, two very different experiences for very different people. They don’t have any plans to use trails, or ski slopes – this will be a unique take on every location that you’ll be hard pressed to duplicate.

They won’t be building walls – they won’t have barbed wire, but if you’re the kind of person who finds races like the 7 Sisters trail race, or the Peak Ultra’s attractive, this is going to be right up your alley.

With some great charity partners, a commitment to “leave no trace” and races measured by their elevation gain instead of their actual distance covered (single, double and triple black diamond events) – fresh off a trip to the GoPro Games, we got on the phone for a chat, and exchanged some emails. These guys are in it for the long haul and the base camp sounds like a mix of a fitness expo and a fantastic camping experience with your buddies – followed by a great, well supported race up amazing mountains. Check them out at their opening race, held at Sugar Bush, VT on Sept 13th and 14th, where both a single and double black diamond event will be happening. You can volunteer too.

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Explain the O2X concept?
As Outside Magazine put it, “Obstacle Racing Goes au Naturel.” O2X Summit Challenges are a new and different evolution of obstacle racing – base to peak races with all of the obstacles Mother Nature can provide. The constructed obstacles you’ll find in the current OCRs – high walls, cargo nets, monkey bars – are popular, but our race gives Spahtens a completely natural way to test themselves. Our company has a strong commitment to the environment as well, and promises to leave our host mountains better than we found them. Signing on with 1% For The Planet, we are willingly committed to these stewardship principles.

10397243_573187842802291_7116443297653366470_oHow did the idea for the race series come about? Who is behind it?
The founders are three former Navy SEALs, and an attorney thrown in for good measure. Two of the SEALs spent 11+ years deployed together and spent most of their time in the mountains of Afghanistan. For them, summiting peaks was one of the most exhilarating part of their experience there. The four of us are: Gabriel Gomez, former Navy SEAL and air-craft carrier pilot, 2013 United States Senate candidate, and husband & father; Paul McCullough, former Navy SEAL, and a husband & father; Adam La Reau, former Navy SEAL and recent Harvard Kennedy School graduate; and Craig Coffey, a recovering attorney, and husband & father.

The first decision the four of us made was that we want to work together. We then realized that because we are marathoners, SEALs, and fitness enthusiasts – like your members – we are all passionate about outdoor challenges and human performance. When we looked at the OCR market, we realized there was an opportunity to create a interesting new format – an all natural, authentic race.

Whats included in the price?
Almost everything – the race, insurance, registration, bag check, high quality schwag like our soft race T’s and parking are ALL included in the price. The only thing you’d get charged for is food, and camping.

o2xteamHow is it different than just going up the mountain for a hike on a weekend?
Way different, for a few reasons. First, our off-trail courses are carefully designed to take advantage of the mountains’ awesome terrain challenges. Combining extensive worldwide experience planning mountain routes, local mountain ops experience and US Forest Service guidelines, our eco-friendly course takes racers to challenging routes and terrain they may not have experienced before. Secondly, an important part of O2X is BaseCamp, a festival-like experience including environmental, organic we offer racers and their guests an opportunity to camp out the night before.

10344201_566391633481912_756001401887198611_oExplain the course layout – what should we expect, how long/high, how technical?
The course layout is designed around mother nature’s obstacles. The course has three different levels with net elevation gain in mind. A single diamond is over 1000 feet in elevation gain over a distance of 4-6 miles, double diamond with over 2000 feet in elevation gain over a distance of 6-8 miles and triple diamonds with over 3000 feet in elevation gain over a distance of 9-12 miles. All courses are eco friendly taking into account vegetation plans, environmental principles, and combining expert local knowledge with worldwide experience planning mountain routes. These routes will take you over natural occurring obstacles challenging you in stamina, core strength, balance, and will. No technical expertise needed, just keep focused and push through the leg and lung burn.

Do we need specialist gear for any of it?
Nope. Trail or running shoes, that’s it. Running/hiking/trekking – and a bunch of sweat – will get you through!

What will be going on at base camp?
Overnight pre-race camping, fun, music and a friendly, communal atmosphere. There will be farmer’s market-like food vendors, locally sourced environmental groups, human performance vendors, apparel makers and a speaker discussing a topic related to our corporate ethos: human performance, environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Did I mention fun? We want people to gather, relax, enjoy the mountains and experience Mother Nature.

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Featured Review: Bold R Dash on the Beach

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Bold r Dash returns to the beach in 2014 – this year part of the New England Spahtens Race Local Series. This year located at the fantastic Scarborough Beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island. If you ever wanted a taste as to why Rhode Island is an awesome place to live, just spend a beautiful Saturday morning here.

 

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9am Wave getting ready to go out!

 

Here is an overall review and some positives and negatives which i will get into more in depth below:

 

Positives

  •  – Free ample parking right at the venue
  •  – Beautiful location
  • – Mix of Beach running and technical rock terrain
  • – The Buoy Walls!
  • – Ample Volunteers
  • – Good Obstacles
  • – On going adjustments during the day

Negatives

  • – insufficient course markings
  • – Not enough buckets!
  • – Sack hop?
  • – Spectators rampant on the course
  • – Poor course direction on the 2nd half of the 5k
  • – fees
  • – long Obstacle back ups.

 

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Straight portion of beach run up and around Black Point

Scarborough is a State Beach – which made for ample space, free parking and being right at the venue. This was a step up to the more difficult and spread out parking at last years Beach race in Misquamicut.  Registration and check in went smoothly for those that did not hit up REI during the week to pick up their packet. Runners each were given a timing chip, bib and colored bracelet which designated the heat they were assigned too.  There was some disorganization when it came to starting off the first wave of the day, runners had to be checked for their color band before getting into the chute. Bold r Dash was strictly enforcing their No Wave jumping policy. Unfortunately that’s about when they stopped enforcing it. We also had to exit the chute to get a rock and get back in. We had to stall a bit before the start so a volunteer could run a cone out for us to run too and back before hitting the beach.

The Race started with the staple of Bold r Dash which is doing the first sprint of the wave with a softball or slightly larger rock in hand, about 200 meters out and back to drop the rock off at the start and then onto a trail and out onto the beach. We had a good half mile run up the beach before we hit the sack hop (personally hate this obstacle) and then onto the the bucket run. You had to grab a bucket, run it down to the water and back up the beach to dump it in a large bucket 3 times. For the Elite wave they immediately ran out of buckets. I assume the thinking is the run up the beach would thin out the wave enough to not cause a bottleneck, however the elite wave ran out of buckets right away and caused a lot of waiting if you were not one of the first 25 there.  This clearly could have been avoided.

Bucket run, backed up several times during the day. Need More Buckets!
Bucket run, backed up several times during the day. Need More Buckets!

After the buckets you continued up the beach into the technical rocky terrain. This is where your first and second place finishers of the wave went astray (accidental or not, misdirection by volunteers we have not confirmed).  This again comes down to course markings and Volunteer direction. The technical rock terrain was pretty awesome… however their needed to be more course markings here and several runners started to 2nd guess if they had missed a turn and caused some confusion for us in the 9am. After scaling up the side of a huge rock slab we were turned around and headed back up the beach where we started to hit the larger walls and A-frame scaling obstacles. There was a little concern here for me as we scaled the A frame with chain steps as i watched a chain break from is support and a guy fell strait through the obstacle ( He appeared to be ok ) But i didn’t have the warm and fuzziness knowing we were the first ones to use the obstacle and it was already breaking.

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a-frame chain wall @1030am

Back up running over some tires, tire hopes and chain supported balance beams (which made them wobble intentionally ) we were up onto the Beach paved walkways which caused again some more confusion for runners, as spectators were scattered all over the course here. There was no markings preventing Spectators and runners from getting all mixed up with each other here.  Again, another area easily avoided.  However after this section was on to one of Bold r Dashes best beach obstacles. The Buoy walls. It always feels like there is a 1000 walls to go over and under and is my personal favorite at this race.

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Buoy Walls! the Buoys were a heavy weight you had to bring with you over and under the walls

Further up the beach we cut back into the large open fields for some more of Bold r’s bigger a-frame obstacles Tire walls, A-frame ladder walls etc. the Course was marked with buckets, However you did have to think twice about where you were going… they did correct this later in the day with more volunteers in the area to direct runners. Again this could have been easily corrected with some caution tape or something to that effect. There were some big, fun obstacles here for the first waves of the day. As the day went on however these obstacles turned into huge bottleneck for runners.

10 minute wait by the time the 10:10 wave reached the last obstacle
10 minute wait by the time the 10:10 wave reached the last obstacle

Runners were told they would not be allowed to run multiple waves without paying $15 and picking up another bib and chip – no exceptions and would be strictly enforced to prevent bottlenecks, overloaded waves and safety to ensure all runners on the course were accounted for. Unfortunately this did not not prevent huge back ups. I can also speak personally that I watched 4-5 waves go after I had finished from the 10am wave on… and “strictly enforced” was no longer the case as there were no longer volunteers checking bracelets and it was very easy for a runner to hop into another wave or any wave they wanted after the 9am.

Also T-shirts had to be purchased if you registered past a certain date. an additional $5 if you were a late register. So you paid more and got less if you were a couple week register.

 

Overall is was a great location with many issues that could have been avoided. Bold r Dash did make adjustments throughout the day with volunteer placement – some sections became so overloaded with spectators by 11am several runners were lost in the mix – at one point while taking pictures i had to start directing runners in the confusion.

 

Overall Rating:  Average

 

Saving Features:

  • Location, Location, Location!
  • Parking was fantastic
  • beach running and rocky terrain
  • Lots of Obstacles

Turn-offs:

  • lack of course markings
  • add-on fees / costs
  • Disorganization / spectator infiltration
  • long wait times for later morning heats.

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Reviver Challenge

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Reviver Challenge has been around a while, running their first event in 2010 and earning a reputation for being truly family friends and raising money for fantastic causes – and they have a 2014 event coming up on June 7th.

What does family friendly mean? How about no minimum age. Worried about being held up? They have three different types of wave – Elite at 10am, Tough Enough at 11am and Just Finish goes out at noon. Price? $40, for all, except kids under 18 who can run for $20.

Oh, and you can run all three heats for the same price too, if you’re quick enough.

Fantastic causes? 100% of your entry fee will go to two different charities – one helping mayan families, the other supporting local kids programs.

Cat, race director for Reviver Challenge and I exchanged emails and a phone conversation recently – read more about them.

Reviver Challenge 2013 Start Line
Reviver Challenge 2013 Start Line

Tell us a bit about Reviver.
Our name says it all:  We are a challenging race designed to “revive” your spirit.  We started the race as a fundraiser and have turned it into an all-out OCR.  Now in our 4th year, we have designed our obstacle course to attract people from all levels of fitness.  It is for all kinds and we welcome first time OCR runners.  We have also opened up our course to children of all ages.  Our youngest contestant was 6 last year and finished strong.  We believe our race is a way to demonstrate the greatness that lives in us all.  

How long is the course?
2.5 miles. The course is very hilly so it’s not an easy run.

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Tall Walls, 2013

What kind of obstacles should we expect to see?
We have a lot of the same obstacles you will see in most OCR’s – the walls, tires, tube crawls and Wreck Bags.  BUT we also have some that are original to us.  We pride ourselves in our “Gauntlet” where you will turn the corner and be attacked by our Kids in the Canyon and their backpacks.  Try and make it through without getting knocked out!  We have a Mud Pit and “the Mountain.”  This is the equalizer and is not for the faint of heart. 

Do you have competitive heats and timing?
We have divided our race into 3 categories.  
10am  “Elite Runners”
11am  “Tough Enough”
12pm  “Just Finish”

What makes us different is that you can run in all three heats if you wish – at no extra cost.

Our 1st Run is designed for those warriors who really don’t want to get stuck behind a bunch of people trying to get over a wall.  The front runners will have full access to all the obstacles and won’t be held back.  Prizes will be determined in this race.  We will take the top male and female times in all age categories. 

The 2nd Run is for those who want to push themselves but don’t want to be left in the dust by all the elite runners. They are mostly runners just going out to do their personal best without worrying about other competitors.

The 3rd Run is mostly Families and Teams.  These runners are racing for the pure fun of it and are just trying to have a great time.  Team Prizes will be given for the Best Costume and the Most Enthusiastic.  Time will not matter.

If you are a seasoned OCR runner, we suggest you run in the Elite race, and then jump into our 3rd race for the fun of it.  Perhaps bring your kids along and run it with them.  Same course, but different level of competition.  You will be timed on only the first race you run.

Family friendly obstacles! Reviver 2013
Family friendly obstacles! Reviver 2013

Who do you raise funds for?
Reviver has a rich history of fundraising. The Reviver Challenge was created to support two charities that we pride ourselves in helping out.  Proceeds are donated to Mayan Families and Kids in the Canyon.  These are two groups who are in the business of helping others break through the real obstacles in their lives. Please see our “Why Run?” Page on our site: http://reviverchallenge.com/why-run/
100% of the proceeds go to helping these two groups. 
We also offer Service Vacations to anyone wishing to visit the beautiful, but poverty stricken country of Guatemala. Over 50 people have joined us in Guatemala to help distribute the funds raised through Reviver Challenge.  

How much has been raised to date?
In the three years that Reviver has been run, we have given over $26,300 to Charity. Amazing!

Reviver is very family friendly.
We want this to be a rich family experience and welcome children of all ages.  After all, the kids are the ones with all the energy and I’m sure they are sick of watching you run the event.  Now is their chance to join you along the course, and perhaps even beat you!  Crossing the finish line with my 7 year old last year, hand in hand, was one of the most bonding experiences.  We hope that you will run together.  We really are all kids at heart anyways. 

What is your course age limit?
 You just need to be young at heart!  If you’re 80 and can complete the course, bring it on!!!

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Reviver is one of those races that New England is lucky to have on the calendar – locally owned and operated, raising significant money for great causes, and able to give your family a great day out. If you aren’t already booked that weekend, definitely check them out – the price is right, the atmosphere promises to be fun, and yes, we already have a team going 🙂 Check the Event page in our Facebook group for more information.