Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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Social Circle firefighters Brett Barfield, left, and Troy Mason have been promoting the BattleFrog obstacle course race coming to Conyers and will compete in the challenge on May 31 and June 1. (Special photos)
SOCIAL CIRCLE — Crawling through mud and over walls is what it will take to finish the race course coming to the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. And two Social Circle firefighters are ready for the challenge.
The Metro Atlanta BattleFrog Obstacle Course Race series event, presented by Kill Cliff Inc., is a new event founded and designed by the United States Navy Seals. The horse park will transform into 15K, 5K and 1K courses built to challenge athletes of all ages and levels of physical activity.
Firefighters Brett Barfield and Troy Mason completed their first obstacle race course in March and were hooked on the level of competition the race offered.
Barfield moved to Social Circle last year and now serves as a shift supervisor at the city fire department station No. 6. His desire to endure new challenges and his passion for physical training spurred an interest in participating in his first obstacle race course in March.
“I’m always looking for new ways to challenge myself instead of running a local 5K or 10K road race. It also helps me stay in shape as a firefighter,” Barfield said.
Now through the BattleFrog race, he can experience what it takes to train like a Navy Seal. The obstacles involve climbing rope walls, shooting targets with paintballs, crawling through mud, and a three-story cargo net climb that transitions into a water slide.
“I look forward to undergoing the same type of challenges the guys that serve our country go through during their training,” Barfield said. “It’s a team-building event that can bring a lot of camaraderie and morale.”
BattleFrog founders decided to give 8 percent of the proceeds to the Navy Seal Museum, Trident House and the Navy Seal Foundation. Recently Gov. Nathan Deal named May 31 as BattleFrog Day across the state.
For event information or to sign up, go to www.BattleFrogSeries.com.