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Pre-Blast: Virginia GrowRuck – March 22-24, 2019


GrowRuck 14 is coming to Richmond, VA on March 22-24, 2019.

The cost to participate in the GrowRuck Tough Challenge is $150. This includes GrowSchool, GORUCK registration, a T-Shirt, and sweet patches. Please HC (hard-commit) by listing your name on the link below:


The link to officially register and pay will be available soon.  You will pay a $75 deposit in December and then another $75 final payment in February to reserve your spot, T-shirt, and patch.

Your Event Q for the weekend is Honey Do from F3 Richmond. He’ll be responsible for organizing the weekend and making sure all you knuckleheads are ready to roll. If you have questions, you can reach him at rjreibel2@gmail.com or on twitter at @Honeydo_RVA

Weekend Schedule

We’re still ironing out details, but the schedule should look something like this:

Friday,  March 22nd

  • 7:00pm 2ndF Event – At Brewery location in Richmond TBD

Saturday, March 23rd

  • 7:00am – Convergence: Led by Dredd, Bono, & Slaughter
  • 8:30 –    Coffeeteria / Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 11:00 – GrowShool led by Dredd, Bono, & Slaughter
  • 6:00pm – GORUCK Tough Challenge launches-  Downtown Richmond

Sunday, March  24th

  • Sometime in the AM, GORUCK Tough Challenge concludes
  • Finish with breakfast and get your Patch!


The F3 Nation GrowRuck

What, you ask, is GrowRuck?

It’s simple: GrowSchool + GORUCK Tough challenge. In one weekend, you’ll get, 1stF + CSAUP + 2ndF + F3 Leadership Development & Training.

We rolled out GrowSchool in November 2016  as an offering for F3’s “Nomads” — workout locations that are on their way to becoming Regions and can use a little support and encouragement along the way.

After teaching through a couple of GrowSchools, we started to realize how important CSAUP events are to building 2ndF and the overall momentum toward a region. And no CSAUP event that we’ve ever seen has the same catalytic effect on 2ndF and F3 growth as F3 guys getting together to do a GORUCK Tough challenge.

So, we thought, why not combine the two?

GrowRuck will be led by GORUCK Cadre Daniel and will be in all ways an official GORUCK Tough challenge, but Daniel will tailor activities and the teaching to reinforce the GrowSchool curriculum and lessons. Dredd and Slaughter will participate in the challenge alongside the rest of the pax.

Over the last year we’ve had almost 300 men complete the GrowRuck in Jacksonville, Eastern North Carolina, New Orleans, Seattle, Chattanooga, Toledo, and Memphis.



A GrowRuck T-Shirt will be included with your registration.


The most frequent question asked when an F3 group begins to look into doing the Challenge is “do I need to buy a $300 backpack”. The short answer is no. A GORUCK ruck is not required, but GORUCK Rucks last — FYI: the Rucker model ($265) goes on sale from time-to-time & the F3 Ruck Club will have discounts that may work for the Rucker, depending on the month. Contact Winnebago at F3NationRuck at the end of the Pre-Blast. The 511 Rush 12 is a $99 version that some guys use. The 511 Rush 24 is slightly larger and slightly more expensive. Also, many guys pick up second-hand rucks at Army surplus stores, eBay, or Craigslist.

Another option is to Tweet with the hashtag #LendARuck and tag the @F3GrowRuck account in your tweet asking for a ruck, and someone from the F3Nation will answer the call (kinda like the Bat Signal) and ship you his ruck to use. In return, you’ll wash it and send it back to him with a sweet F3 Lend-A-Ruck patch.

Besides a ruck, you’ll need some bricks for weight, a headlamp, reflective PT belt, and a hydration bladder.


Lodging recommendations will be provided soon for traveling PAX.

Next Steps

  1. Sign up on Google doc above and follow @F3GrowRuck
  2. Join this Facebook group:  F3 Virginia Growruck
  3. Find a ruck, put some bricks in it, and ruck on.


Important Links

Our Event Facebook Page:

Most comz will take place here at F3RVAGrowruck Facebook page.  Feel free to join the page when you register. You can post updates as you train, ask questions, and most importantly “challenge” other regions here. Be sure to keep up with things here as our Cadre will post updates here that you will need to pay attention to.


The GORUCK Challenge – The link to GORUCK’s Tough page. Just look at things and get inspired.

All Day Ruckoff – by GrowRuck 04 Alumni, Brian Lohr contains many helpful links on training, equipment, and the podcast is informative. Consider following him on Twitter as well.

Pathfinder Ruck Training was started by F3 guys and is a solid training program for any GoRuck event.

F3 Nation Rucking on Facebook (closed group) and  @F3NationRuck on Twitter are two key sources of information. Winnebago is the Q of that part of the Nation’s Ruck events.

You can always email growruck@F3nation.com and Bono will either answer your questions or get you to the right person. Be sure to follow @F3GrowRuck on Twitter.



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  1. I want to give you an HC, but Mighty Mouse has state gymnastics meet that weekend. We shall see…

    I will be training either way.