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Battle Frog returns to challenge hardcore May 16
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Battle Frog 2014 at the GIHP - photo by Darrell Everidge/The News

Over 2,000 people are expected to flood the streets of Conyers this weekend as they participate in the BattleFrog Obstacle Course Race Series (OCR).

BattleFrog races are designed by current, reserve and active U.S. Navy SEALs. There are a variety of courses for people of all ages, says Don Mann, BattleFrog chief executive officer and retired U.S. Navy SEAL member of Team SIX.

There's the 8K with over 22 obstacles for adults. Then there's a TadPole Dash, which has at least eight obstacles spread over 400 meters for kids aged 4 to 8.

"Most people just come out and do it for the fun of it," said Mann.

Activities begin at 7:30 a.m. and will feature an entire family-friendly experience that includes interacting with Navy SEALs, enjoying multiple attractions within the festival compound, and watching racers tackle BattleFrog's obstacles.

"BattleFrog was created as a tribute to our nation's military and to help people learn about the work Navy SEALs do in protecting our great nation," said Mann. "Our events are unique because actual Navy SEALs are guiding and mentoring the racers who are learning how to push themselves beyond their personal physical limits."

BattleFrog will be held on Saturday, May 16, at Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers. This is the second year in row the BattleFrog has been in Conyers. Last year's event drew participants from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Mann anticipates 2,500 to 3,000 people will attend this year.

"We're going to have more here this time around," he said.

People can register online to participate in the race or can show up at 7 a.m. on race day and sign up. Registration prices range from $25 for kids to $160 for adults, depending on which race you choose to run. Winners of races will be rewarded with cash prizes.

An admission ticket to watch the races is $5.

All profits from the proceeds go to three Navy SEAL charities, Underwater Demolition Team Foundation, Navy SEAL Museum and Foundation for Navy SEAL Veterans, that support Navy SEALS veterans and their families, says Mann.

"Our event last summer was so well received that we decided to bring BattleFrog back to the region again this year," he said. "We're looking forward to showing everyone our new obstacles that help people truly experience what it is like to train like a Navy SEAL."