FrogHops Sports is Veteran owned racing company. We organize a series of running events throughout the year in Libertyville, IL. They are: The “Bunny Wabbit” Run with an Easter Egg Hunt in the spring, the “Freedom Frog” Run in the summer and the “Arctic Frog” Endurance Run in the winter.
Rey Letada, our founder is a retired U.S. Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman. A former Navy Diver, Naval Parachutist and a combat veteran of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.
Rey suffered from injuries as a result of his twenty two and a half years of honorable military service but in spite of it all, he stayed positive by running again when he finally can after months of intense physical therapy. He also came to the realization that running is not only a good way to honor his comrades-in-arms but a far better cure than any drug. Seven marathons, four 50k, five 50 miler, three Ragnar, six 100 milers, one 150 Ultra marathon, three half distance triathlon and a full IRONMAN later, to date he continues to honor his friends who made the Ultimate Sacrifice serving our country. It is his hope to inspire, motivate and share his love of the sport through all of FrogHops events.
"For me, running is rejuvenating as it is liberating. I do most of my thinking when I am running; especially when I am stuck. Running can be transformative and transcendent. It also makes our minds so much stronger every step of the way." -Rey Letada
Brian Smock | Race Marshal
Susan Smock | Race Director
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― Marianne Williamson
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― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"
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Thomas Frazer | Race Director | Consultant