Month: November 2017

2017 BlackWatch Braveheart Challenge

Braveheart Obstacle Race

First Ever Braveheart Challenge

On October 28th, 2017, BlackWatch hosted the first ever Braveheart Challenge Obstacle Race at Oak Mountain State Park. This 6-mile trail run was no easy feat!

Starting near the South Trailhead on Terrace Drive, the course wound up past the Alabama Wildlife Center and continued up the mountain. Along the trail, racers encountered tire pulls, walls to scale, monkey bars, rings, sandbag carries, and more. If the elevation and obstacles weren’t hard enough, the rain and the 40 degree day made the race very challenging. In addition to the adult race, NextLevl (Birmingham’s newest trampoline and obstacle fun park) hosted a 1-mile kids obstacle run through the woods by the lake for racers between the ages of 6-13.  Despite the chill and daunting race courses, over 358 racers signed up to race! Scroll down to see more event photos!

Adult Race Results

Adults racers signed up for the earlier Competitive (timed) race heats or the later Open (untimed) race heats. The top 3 male and female race finishers were awarded with prizes following the race. The first-place finishers received full-size Scottish swords, second-place finishers received goblet trophies, and third-place finishers received glass trophies.

Top 3 Males

1 – Shawn O’Brien (Pelham, AL), 56:26

2 – Justin McDonald (Birmingham, AL), 01:08:19

3 – Paul Lawrence (Birmingham, AL), 01:10:16

Top 3 Females

1 – Claire Sherling (Marion Military Academy)

2 – Kaci Hamilton (Birmingham, AL), 01:29:49

3 – Stephanie Smith (Birmingham, AL), 01:29:49


We could not have had a successful race without our wonderful sponsors! Click on the links below to learn more about each company who supported this great event.

CARE GROUP at ReMax Southern Homes 280Back on Track Chiropractic – Dr. Scott DucasMarc-1 Carwash

Shelby County, AlabamaChick-fil-a of Oak MountainThink Again! ConsignmentDonut Joe’sLowe’s Home ImprovementThe Trak ShakNextLevlGriffin FarmsPodos Boutique,

Shades of Green Landscaping, & 21st Century Signs

Future Races!

The 2018 BlackWatch Braveheart Challenge is scheduled for OCTOBER 27TH, 2018.

Go “like” the Braveheart Challenge Facebook page by clicking here to follow race updates and be the first to see race registration when posted!

Race Photos

To see more race photos, click here!