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Hedgesville to host Navy SEAL-designed races

Submitted photo from The Journal Pictured above is the “Tsunami.”
Submitted photo from The Journal
Pictured above is the “Tsunami.”

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. — Fans of endurance obstacle races will have another opportunity to prove their resolve this summer at the first BattleFrog Obstacle Race event to be held in Berkeley County.

Held at the Tomahawk MX Park in Hedgesville, BattleFrog is a series of obstacle races designed by a team of retired Navy SEALs. The one-day event will take place July 19.

“The entire experience is designed to represent what SEALs go through in their training, but in a fun way, of course. SEALs are stationed at the major obstacles to offer support and advice, and there are SEAL-themed demos and displays in the festival area,” said Kraig Becker, media director for BattleFrog, in an email to The Journal.

The race consists of three different courses, the BattleFrog, a 15K race with a minimum of 25 obstacles; the BullFrog, a 5K with a minimum of 15 obstacles; Tadpole, a children’s 1K with a series of fun obstacles; and Tadpole Jr., a children’s Half-K.

The BattleFrog and BullFrog courses are open to ages 16 and older. The Tadpole race is for ages 7 to 10. The Tadpole Jr. race is for ages 4 to 6, who will run the course with their parents.

Tomahawk MX Park co-owner Leanne Gouchenour said she and her husband were approached by BattleFrog about hosting an event, and a quick two-hour site visit clinched the park as an ideal location.

“Our location is good because we’re included in the metropolitan loop, with our property less than an hour from Baltimore and D.C. …

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