Who says being a US Navy SEAL is all about being in war and fighting masked enemy in deep and dark forests? Navy SEALs do have an active social life and they definitely have their share of fun and events. Navy SEALs participate in different types of competitions, challenges, and events including reunions when they are not killing enemies. Navy SEALs also love to have fun and here’s how they do it:
Annual Superfrog Triathlon
The Annual Superfrog Triathlon is held in Coronado, California, each year, on April 6. There are two races held on the same day, one is known as the Annual Superfrog and the other is known as Annual SuperSEAL. The main goal of both the races is to promote fitness as well as raise funds for the NSW (Naval Special Warfare) foundation. The race is open to public and the added attraction is the Navy SEALs who also participate in both the races.
• The Superfrog Triathlon includes a 1.2 mile open ocean swim followed by a 56-mile ride on bikes over flat pavements and finally a 13.1 mile run on soft sand. The last 13.1 mile is the toughest part of the race.
• The SuperSEAL race is a shorter race than the Triathlon and starts off with a 1.5km swim at the Silver Strand State Beach Bay followed by a 40km bike ride and finally a 10km run on pavement or even dirt trails.
Both races are open to men and women and the prize includes ornamental detonator box trophies and decorative wooden paddles.
Annual East Coast SEAL Reunion
Annual reunions are held for different Navy SEAL units in different places. For example: annual east coast SEAL reunion was held at the NAB (Naval Amphibious Base) at Little Creek from July 19-22. This reunion is being held since 1968 and brings together ex-SEALs and new SEALs as well. One of the permanent attractions of the reunion is the capabilities demonstration, which is an exercise highlighting various SEAL operational capabilities. One of the common exercises includes Navy SEALs exiting from a helicopter to secure a beach. The capabilities demonstration provides an opportunity for the families of Navy SEALs to see what their loved ones really do for real in a battle zone or a mission. Some of the other capabilities demonstration exercises include SPIE (special purpose insertion and extraction), SEAL assault in water, using MK V special operations craft, and simulation of a desert patrol with simulated enemy fire. These are followed by more fun events like tennis tournaments, beach bash, golf tournaments, swimming competition, running competition and finally a reunion picnic.
Navy SEAL Warrior Fund Annual Benefit
The main event in the Navy SEAL Warrior Fund Annual Benefit is the annual gala. The next event is slated to take place on May 6, 2010 aboard the USS Intrepid. This event has been taking place since 2005 and has so far raised $7 million for supporting the families of Navy SEALs. This annual event is also attended by the families of Navy SEALs killed in action.
This Article is written by James Kara Murat