Saturday, May 19, 2018 was the first of two Bonefrog races in Massachusetts. Held at Berkshire East, in Charlemont, MA this course is akin to a mini-Killington or F.I.T. Challenge on steroids. The amount of effort and devotion to making a great obstacle race is always very evident at the Bonefrog races I’ve done here. (This was number 4 for me) This year the distances were shortened making the Sprint around 3-4 miles, the Challenge 6-7 miles, and Tier-1 between 9 and 11 miles. I have to say, I did not miss the extra miles by the end of the Challenge course that I ran this year. We went up and down the mount at least four times, maybe more. Every climb was steep, as was every descent. Fortunately I’m a fan of running down steep mountains, so my finish time of 1:54:13 landed me in 4 for my age, 10 for men, and 11 overall in the Open.
The Seals that create the course do a great job of making it challenging. The obstacles are all well constructed, with varying degrees of difficulty… They’ve got a couple that I have yet to complete, including Chopper and one with what I can only describe as empty toilet paper tubes on strings that wouldn’t be too bad if they didn’t spin as soon as you grab them. I will get Chopper next time. it was the hanging toilet paper rolls in between spinning chopper handlebars that did me in.
On the final descent I came upon a woman wearing a pair of OCR leggings I designed for the New England Spahtens. I got so excited seeing my design on the course that I yelled to her as I passed, “I designed those pants! They look great!” I realized immediately that it was a weird thing to do, but she did yell back, “Thanks, I love them! It’s my first race wearing them!”
Parking is the best here. It’s right at the entrance, so you don’t even need bag check most of the time. There’s plenty of food and merchandise available in the festival area. The line was long for check in around 8 AM so it’s a good idea to arrive more than an hour before your heat. There was a volunteer bringing people to the front of the line if it was getting close to their start times.
This was my first time running in my new Obstacle Race Life all over print shirt. It’s 100% polyester, very light, and was great for keeping moisture away from my body. After the swim and as the rain started the comfort noticeable enough that I had to check to see if the shirt was still wet.
No races for me this weekend, but Samurai Sprint is happening on June 2, so maybe I’ll see you there!