Post Description: We are beginning a new blog series called the Race IT Client Corner that will put the spotlight on our clients. Learn more about The Navy SEAL Foundation's Joggin' For Frogmen Race Series!
The Navy SEAL Foundation’s Joggin’ for Frogmen Race Series has been raising money and giving back to the military community since 2012. The mission of this race series is to activate communities from around the world to honor the sacrifices of our service members and veterans. The first event was held in San Diego, California in 2012 and welcomed 1,000 runners in the first year. The race has grown nationally and is currently in 4 other cities, including Virginia Beach, Louisville, Pittsburgh, and their newest event in Amelia Island, Florida. Joggin’ for Frogmen consists of a 5K race, as well as a Kids’ Run called the Tadpole Trot at all locations.
In 2015, the Joggin’ for Frogmen Race Series raised a total $320,000. “We are truly unique because 100% of the money we make goes to the Navy SEAL Foundation” says Trisha, CEO and Founder of the Joggin’ for Frogmen event series.
Each race welcomes a guest speaker, which has included Gold Star Family members, retired Navy SEALs, or military veterans. The goal of the races is to create awareness of the harsh realities of war through first-hand accounts from the people who have experienced them. For example, the 2014 Pittsburgh race featured guest speaker Corporal Brandon Rumbaugh, a retired Marine who lost both legs in an IED explosion. The guest speaker for San Diego’s 2013 race was musician Luke Spehar, brother to SO2 SEAL Nicholas Spehar who was killed in action in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011.
All 5K participants receive a high quality Joggin’ for Frogmen medal, which is also multi-functional as a bottle opener and keychain, as well as a high quality race t-shirt. All Tadpole Trot finishers also receive a high quality racing shirt and a Tadpole Trot Finisher medal. There are also awards given out for age group finishers, top fundraisers and even an award for the fastest finisher wearing combat boots.
Joggin’ for Frogmen events are fun for the whole family, whether they’re walking, jogging, or simply want to come and enjoy the morning. The San Diego and Virginia Beach event features a parachute performance and a beer garden.. The Pittsburgh event also coincides with the Navy SEAL Foundation’s Pittsburgh Benefit Dinner on the evening after the event.
Volunteers for the Joggin’ for Frogmen events include local firefighters, police officers and other community members. “This is truly a community event. The race director for the Louisville event is actually the local Fire Chief,” says Trisha.
If there isn’t a Joggin’ for Frogmen event in your area yet, you can join the Joggin’ for Frogmen Virtual Race Team, which allows you to raise money on your own, run anywhere in the world, and receive the same race swag as the participants.
Race IT has helped the Joggin’ for Frogmen Race Series simplify their registration process. “We have a dedicated Account Manager, Lorena, who makes things so easy for us. We do a lot of work ourselves, so it’s been nice to be able to count on her for help,” says Trisha, “Customer Service is one of the biggest reasons we love Race IT.”