Story for Lake Magazine
Photos by Erin O. Smith
Thousands came to Lanier Islands March 19 to participate and spectate in the 8- kilometer obstacle course known as BattleFrog. Adventurers raised their heart rates and a glass during the event. Playing host to the Atlanta leg of the BattleFrog Obstacle Race Series for the very first time, the lakeside destination catered to large crowds of enthusiastic spectators.
ESPN was on hand to capture the race for posterity. The BattleFrog course is a total test for people of all fitness levels from ages 13 and older. One of the nation’s fastest growing race series, BattleFrog is expertly designed by Navy SEALs and SeaBees.
The approximate 8K course took participants through 22 plus military-inspired obstacles designed to test body, mind and spirit.
Volunteers and race officials were stationed throughout the course to motivate participants through the obstacles, urging them to give it their all.
Of the 1,100 participants, the following were awarded:
1. Robert Killian
2. Marco Bedard (BattleFrog Pro Team Athlete)
3. Jesse Bruce
1. Lindsey Webster (BattleFrog Pro Team Athlete)
2. KK Stewart-Paul
3. Alexandra Walker
Elite Male Masters:
1. Paul Kitko
2. Glenn Nakamura
3. Jeffrey Bent
Elite Female Masters:
1. Heidi Williams
BattleFrog Xtreme Podium:
1. Benjamin Wessels
2. Allan Ajoy
3. Ken “Hulk’ Terrell
The BattleFrog elite were also joined by an adaptive athlete named Gabe, a boy from Vietnam without the use of his legs who was adopted by an Atlanta family. Gabe took part in the BullFrog Mile with his family and brothers. He serves as a shining example of BattleFrog’s goal to represent how people can “…overcome obstacles, live an exciting life and achieve great things.”
For more information about BattleFrog, visit their website at www.battlefrogseries.com.