Frozen Frogman Event a Huge Success

Sean Greene Wells Fargo

This past weekend, January 26th and 27th, we held our fourth annual Frozen Frogman Swim Event to raise money for the Travis Manion Foundation (TMF).

With a splurge of interest and registrations early on, we expanded the usually one-day event to a two-day weekend and finished out the event with over 145 participants, almost 250 miles swam, and just shy of $30,000 raised!

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We’re hoping to close the $1,500 gap and plan to raise through Friday, February 1st. Donate here!

On Saturday, we hosted the William E. Taylor Division of the U. S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, a non-profit leadership development program for students ages 10-18 interested in eventually joining a branch of the military.

The 45 sea cadets carried out their monthly drills at HAC and were also host to two TMF Character Does Matter presentations. Character Does Matter is a program through TMF that aims to develop character and leadership skills in young-adults.

Gold Star Parent, John Mosko, during his Character Does Matter presentation on moral leadership.

Cadets heard from Gold Star Parent, John Mosko, along with longtime friend of Mosko’s son, Andrew Hendricks.

23 sea cadets participated in the Frozen Frogman, many swimming the one mile, a few swimming the 5k, and a few completing the BUD/s-inspired Challenge (results below!).

The sea cadets participated in either the one-mile swim, 5k swim, or BUD/s-inspired Challenge.

Saturday and Sunday saw many enthusiastic swimmers eager to swim for a great cause. We saw mother-daughter participants, participants all the way from Lancaster, and longtime swimming friends joiing us for this year’s event.

BUD/s Results

The BUD/s challenge consists of a 500-yard swim, two minutes each of push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups, and finally a 1.5-mile run. The 10-19 and 40-49 year old age groups were tight races this year! Here are your results, calculated with the Naval Seal PST Calculator:

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Ages 10-19

  1. Sonia K: 1005
  2. Gunor D: 1174
  3. John F: 1228
  4. Brandt B: 1429
  5. Levi K: 1480

Ages 20-29

  1. David W: 1207

Ages 40-49

  1. Paul H: 686
  2. David B: 1072
  3. Tom L: 1308
  4. Ryan H: 1435
  5. Eric R: 1472

Ages 50-59

  1. Mark F: 910
  2. Jeff B: 952

Ages 60-69

  1. Lawrence N: 898
  2. Bob M: 1215

Ages 70-79

  1. Rick H: 1424

Since the event’s inception in 2016, we’ve raised over $100,000 for the Travis Manion Foundation.

This year, we’re just shy of raising $30,000 when totaling funds through the registration site and sponsorships, and we would love to get all the way there. We’ll be continuing the raise money through Friday, February 1st and selling event t-shirts and mugs in the HAC Pro Shop.

Thanks to all those who participated in this year’s event, donated, or sponsored. It was an amazing year, and we couldn’t have done it without all of the community’s support.


The Travis Manion Foundation is a non-profit organization that empowers veterans and families of fallen service members to develop character and offers programs to support families transitioning to life without their loved ones.


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