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Navy SEALs bringing legendary obstacle course race to Atlanta
Navy SEALs bringing legendary obstacle course race to Atlanta

CONYERS, Ga. -- Leaders of BattleFrog, the obstacle course race group founded by former U.S. Navy SEALs, have announced that due to the tremendous amounts of requests they have received they are bringing their legendary obstacle course race series back to metro Atlanta. The May race will be one of the first stops on the 2015 tour that will see the organization award more than $1 million in cash and prizes to competitors.

BattleFrog Atlanta will be held on Saturday, May 16 at Georgia International Horse Park (1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers). Last year’s event drew participants from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Activities begin at 7:30 a.m. and will feature heats for all participants and age levels, as well as an entire family-friendly experience that includes interacting with Navy SEALs, enjoying multiple attractions within the festival compound, and watching racers tackle BattleFrog’s obstacles.

“BattleFrog was created as a tribute to our nation’s military and to help people learn about the work Navy SEALs do in protecting our great nation,” said Don Mann, BattleFrog chief executive officer and retired U.S. Navy SEAL member of Team SIX. “Our events are unique because actual Navy SEALs are guiding and mentoring the racers who are learning how to push themselves beyond their personal physical limits.”

“Our event last summer was so well received that we decided to bring BattleFrog back to the region again this year,” said Mann. “We’re looking forward to showing everyone our new obstacles that help people truly experience what it is like to train like a Navy SEAL.”

BattleFrog transforms every race venue into a demanding obstacle course designed to test the strength, skill, and determination of any athlete. Participants are able to choose between the BattleFrog 8K with more than 25 obstacles and the BullFrog Mile and TadPole Dash 400M courses for children, all of which are inspired by BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) Training, the six-month long qualification course that all SEALs must undergo. Elite athletes may compete in the 16K, double-lap format 8K. Racers can also participate in the BattleFrog Xtreme that enables them to run the 8K as many times as they choose in one day.

BattleFrog obstacles scheduled to be used at BattleFrog Atlanta include:

The BattleFrog Tsunami – racers tackle a 16’ high wave wall that requires them to run and climb up one side, which often requires help from others, and use ropes to pull themselves up onto a platform. As their reward, they then slide down the other side into a 3’ deep mud pool.

The BattleFrog Aerial Assault – racers climb a 30-foot long, 12-inch wide wire ladder that slopes up to a height of 16 feet at its crest. This incorporates the caving ladders used by SEALs to board a hostile ship.

The BattleFrog Monkey Bars – racers climb hand-over-hand on metal bars suspended 10 to 15 feet above ice-cold water. They must travel the sloping 50-foot distance from one platform to the next without dropping into the water. If they fall, they must start over again in order for it to be termed a successful obstacle completion.

At BattleFrog Atlanta, people will have a chance to meet the members of Team BattleFrog, the group’s new pro team led by the top OCR athletes in North America. Racing standouts Ryan Atkins of Canada, Corinna Coffin of Virginia and Claude Godbout of Canada, have all been named as members of the new Team BattleFrog. Atkins and Coffin serve as captains of the male and female teams, respectively.

BattleFrog founders have announced that a percentage of the profits generated from the series will be shared evenly with the Navy SEAL Foundation and the Navy SEAL Museum & Memorial. This direct support honors the fallen, promotes the SEAL legacy and supports the families of those who served.

The 2015 BattleFrog race series is sponsored in part by Kill Cliff, makers of the premium recovery drink, NutriForce Sports and RockTape.

For more information or to register visit www.BattleFrogSeries.com.