66 excited and strong individuals fell into ranks early on Saturday morning to embark on a journey that would begin the insanity that we all love and thrive on…GORUCK. 14 of us and 3 M’s were from F3 and needless to say, VERY well trained for this event!
Cadre Kevin addressed the group by mentioning that he only has 1 speed, loves PT and that it was his first GRL. He said that he didn’t really know how to dial it back an notch and thankfully he didn’t. As we worked our way down to Independence Park (where there was a festival getting set up for later that afternoon…which was funny because the GRL group ended up being the focal point of interest from local bystanders. In fact, one lady literally stopped her car, rolled down her window and laughed out loud, saying “what in the hell are you all doing?” )
Once in the grass we formed into 6 ranks for a little dose of PT to get the blood flowing. The PAX had a little confusion with how the Cadre like to count off each rep, so there was a little learning curve there. We believe he punished us with a few Tunnel of Love’s and the Shimmy, Shim, Shim (which is fun to say, however horrible to do)
As we completed PT, naturally Cadre Kevin explained that he wanted us out of our comfort zones, so into the fountain we went, then over to get a little sandy. A few rounds of mortar training and we were all covered in wet sand and ready to go. But wait…5 volunteers to go to John’s truck for something…SUSAN. 5 Logs daisy chained together, our first coupon.
On with the Ruck March. 66 strong, packs on and lots of coupons for a 7-11 mile Ruck. Early on the Ruck was interrupted by a group of runners doing a 10K and the PAX cheered the competitors on as we moved through Charlotte. It only took Cadre Kevin about a mile before he got bored with the pace and started killing off people. He was nice enough to kill off Brendon first, who tips the scale around 270lbs…a few minutes after that Angler and several more to follow. Once at the Greenway, it was time for more. There were landmines everywhere, so had to traverse the fountain. It was a challenge carrying dead bodies up and over the fountain, but the teamwork was outstanding throughout and each obstacle became more and more fluid as the team learned how to work together.
Once at The Met, we were relieved to have medics onsite to help with the wounded, however that didn’t mean Cadre would lighten up on us. Next steps, into Sugar Creek. As we hiked up sugar creek, dodging snakes, slippery rocks and bridges, on the exit at Freedom Park there were a few hypodermic needles floating in the water that must have made their way down from the hospital.
As we traversed up to Freedom Park, we became quite the center of attention as even people who were supposed to be watching their kid’s soccer game were turned around watching us and wondering why we would do something like this. The looks on their faces are the exact reason and gave fuel to the PAX to push forward. Cadre Kevin began weapons training at Freedom and sent platoons out in search of something to carry in the woods. This went on several times.
More beat down as the next call was for Hydra-Burpees in the pond…goose poop and all. On the way up, PAX had to scream “I LOVE IT!”
Running way behind on time, Cadre has us take the hill a few times and Ruck back to base Camp. Along the way of course, continuing with killing and surprises along the way.
Back at Base Camp Cadre said we start strong, but end even stronger. Re-introduce the crowd surf and tunnel of love.
All-in-all, great job by the F3 faithful. After 6 hours and 15 minutes, the F3 PAX actually agreed that the PT we do at SPEARHEAD was more intense than GRL and we are excited to be a part of the full challenge on Oct. 19th!
For a link to photos from the GRL click: https://sites.google.com/site/spearheadf3/photo-gallery
And for more weekly GORUCK training, check out the SPEARHEAD page for more information.
As always an honor to be able to be a part of something like this!
Shawn Kelly aka The Hoff