BattleFrog Launches BFX24.

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BattleFrog has been producing the “as many laps as possible” concept at every one of their race locations this year. While World’s Toughest Mudder happens once a year, and we often hear rumblings about this concept from other races, BattleFrog are the only ones pulling it off on a regular basis. They have also been receiving high marks from participants along the way.

Now BattleFrog launches BFX24. A 24 hour version of the BFX that will take place March 5-6, in Miami, Florida.

Earlier today, we reached out to David Moore, who will serve as Assistant Race Director for this event. His “dayjob” is Creative Director over at BFHQ.

Here are the other broad strokes that are being released as of now, followed by a brief Q and A with David.

Date: Friday, March 4th at 5PM to Saturday, March 5th at 5PM
City: Miami, Florida (March average temperatures: 76℉ High, 64℉ Low)
Venue: TBD
Course Designer/Race Director: Ryan Atkins
Age requirements: 18+

Registration Price: $420 All In (includes insurance plus processing)  (No discounts and no price increases)

Pit Crew Price: $30, includes 24-hour access and a t-shirt (if registered before February 1st) for ages 13+
$5 for 12 and under with parental/legal guardian supervision

Race Capacity: 500 runners

Tentative Race Schedule (subject to change):

• 2pm, Friday: On-site registration Opens
• 4pm, Friday: Mandatory Race Briefing
• 5pm, Friday: BFX24 Start
• 6:30pm, Friday: Blackout Begins
• 6:30am, Saturday: Blackout Ends
(8:30am, Saturday: BattleFrog Open waves begin on course)
• 2:59pm, Saturday: BFX24 Final Lap must begin
• 5pm, Saturday: BFX24 Final lap must be completed / Course closes
• 5:30pm, Saturday: Awards Ceremony

Prize Money:

Top 3 Males/Females
$2000 – 1st Place
$1000 – 2nd Place
$750 – 3rd Place

Race Swag:
BFX24 Wristband
BFX24 Headband
Unique Medal and Lap Pins
Fully Sublimated Performance Finisher Shirt

ORM: Who’s idea was this?

DM: While I’m in charge of the program, the 24 hour race has been a topic of conversation for quite a while internally along with feedback from runners. I’ve helped put legs to these suggestions/ideas/etc. and am looking forward to the crazy amount of miles that will be put up this March.

ORM: I had heard at one point that you and Ryan were co race directing, what roles will each of you be playing?

DM: Ryan will be both the course designer and race director with me assisting him leading up to, and at, the race as the director of the BFX program. With Ryan being one of the best racers on the planet, and being as experienced at dominating 24-Hour races as he is, and having run 10 BFX’s this year myself, I’m looking forward to working with him to put on an amazing BattleFrog event. We’ve had multiple conversations over the past few weeks and are both pretty stoked to be so involved in this particular race.

ORM: We saw “Blackout” listed, was that inspired by WTM, will it have its own rules/prizes?

DM: There will be altered rules for Blackout, like the basics of headlamps and strobe flashers, but those details will be released closer to the event.

ORM: Do you anticipate different obstacles and paths for blackout like WTM has?

DM: We anticipate course modifications on the course during Blackout but those details will become more concrete after a venue is secured. Our last three Miami races have taken place at two different venues, both of which would add very unique twists on the course, so we’re excited about the possibilities regarding the course.

ORM:How many miles do you anticipate the course to be?

DM: Around 5 Miles per lap

ORM: How many obstacles per lap?

DM: 25+

ORM: Will there be body builder penalties or penalty loops?

DM: There will not be bodybuilder penalties but penalty loops for certain obstacles (can anyone conquer the Platinum Rig for 24 Hours? We might have something for someone who could do that. ::hint hint:: )

ORM: Will there be team sign ups? Team prizes?

DM: No team signups or team prizes. While we anticipate tons of camaraderie and teamwork on the course, from a competitive stance, this will be a solo competition.

ORM: What are lap pins?

DM: Keeping with the origins of the BFX, participants will receive pins to designate 5 laps completed, 10 laps completed, etc. etc., along with stars for each lap between those. For instance, if you complete 17 laps, we’ll give you a 5X pin, 10X pin, 15X pin and two stars. Complete eight laps? A 5X pin and 3 stars.

ORM: Will there be limits on number of pit crew?

DM: No limits on pit crew although space will be limited to a 10×10 area.

Register for 2016 BattleFrog BFX24 Here.

Watch our BFX Atlanta Video.

BattleFrog Series introduced the BattleFrog Xtreme Challenge this year–do as many laps in 6.5 hours as you can. Check out the highlights from the Georgia race

Posted by Obstacle Racing Media on Friday, May 22, 2015

Matt B. Davis

is the host of the Obstacle Racing Media Podcast and the author of "Down and Dirty-The Essential Training Guide for Obstacle Races and Mud Runs". He is also the only (known) #wafflehouseelite obstacle racer.

Comments

  1. At first glance this looks like a carbon copy of WTM, (Black Ops/Blackout, penalty laps, lap pins vs. milage patches, even the pit area is the exact same 10×10 feet) but there is one HUGE difference.

    Once 8:30 am rolls around there will be fresh runners on the course for the regular 8k race. That will be a totally different dynamic and feel than WTM. Adding those new open class runners will either be great or a disaster.

  2. What is the blackout period?

    • 6:30pm to 6:30am at the 24hr Battlefrog.

      At World’s Toughest Mudder they adjust the rules during Black Ops.
      -There are a couple of “Black Ops only” obstacles
      -You are required to have a strobe while on the course
      -You are required to be cleared by Medical upon completion of each lap

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