After each mud run or obstacle race I compete in, you'll get my review and grades for each event to help you decide which ones you might want to sign up for. The following categories will be discussed:

1. COURSE- the design, venue, and setup of the race itself- how creative/ adventurous/ difficult the obstacles were, and obviously... how was the MUD?!?

2. FESTIVAL- all the fun beyond the actual race- the social atmosphere which usually includes food, beer garden, dj/ music/ concert, contests, vendors, and more during the after-party

3. SWAG- the included goodie bag and prizes up for grabs- all the "free" stuff that comes with price of entry and the quality of awards, shirts, and other giveaways

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BONEFROG CHALLENGE, Charlemont MA, 5/19/18

This New England ski resort has now become what I'd call my favorite race venue of the year- the "Beast of the East" in the Berkshire Mountains of MA, where Bonefrog has held their original race series every year since 2013.  I made it here for the 2014 and 2017 Sprint events, but decided to step up to the Challenge (pun intended- that's actually the name of their mid distance race) as I did also for last July's NJ course.

1.  COURSE-  While last year featured the sadistic trail blazing skills of Norm Koch, his absence in 2018 didn't make this course any easier, as the steep hills are almost hard to avoid on this mountain, especially when trying to pack in 6 miles (note- previous year Bonefrog Challenge races had been slightly longer at 8 miles).  Throw in a solid 40 obstacles along the way and you're in for a legit race well worth my 4 hour drive.  The best of their lineup were mostly featured around the main festival area, where an upgraded Chopper rig foiled a lot of racers, and the late morning rain made their Strong Hold rig that much tougher.  The new caving ladder ascent called Ship Boarding was a final vertical climb test right before their famous ending Black Ops monkey bar traverse at the finish.  GRADE = A

2.  FESTIVAL-  The setup has remained the same year after year except for moving the registration and bag check tents back outside, rather than in the base lodge like last year.  Vendors are placed perfectly to meet race finishers and their spectators all in the small, but central area right in front of the lodge.  Always one of the best setups for parking as well, directly adjacent to the course only a minute's walk away, making it easy to go back for a change of clothes or to drop stuff off at the car.  GRADE = A

3.  SWAG-  Lots of new stuff this year, including totally redesigned medals, now in hexagon shape but varying size depending on the race distance you complete.  The ribbon also corresponds to that race.  Shirts are all shades of gray, but slightly different based on those four race options.  But as in many mandatory completion OCRs, the top swag to leave with is the one they issue you from the start- the elite wristband- which is yours to lose unless you successfully pass every obstacle on course.  GRADE = A