Three Warriors gathered today for the grand opening of the newest AO. The AO features rolling hills that give just the right amount of challenge up and form practice down.
Route – 5 milers – Maremont, Willowick , Windbluff, Falconbridge, keep to the right around the lake and up the hill, down the hill around the parking lot to the right find the cut through the woods to turtle run apts, Turtlecreek, Cox, Brookmont, right on Crowncrest, left on Pump to Godwin
NMS – Quiet cool morning, but we did find one interesting tidbit – Lighthouse has not run 5 miles in 15 years. He stayed right with us, you would never know. Nice work!
Currahee is a Cherokee word translated “stand alone”. It is the name of a mountain outside of Camp Tocooa, Georgia where E company 101 was established and became their motto. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_Company,506th_Infantry_Regiment(United_States)
The lore of the mountain run is “three miles up and three miles back” – much like F3 endeavor. The formation of this unit is pretty well documented in the Band of Brothers episode 1 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1245384/ .
For YHC, Band of Brothers Episode 1 is especially poignant because it illustrates a few things about what it takes to take a bunch of guys, in this case volunteers, and train them to be a cohesive fighting unit. In the show near the end, they give some credit to how CPT Sobel pushed them to come together. During my tenure on active duty, YHC had a commander like this and his replacement was able to take advantage of the dislike of the past commander and redirect it toward creating a solid fighting force.
We dont have anything like 3 miles up in Richmond, but the hills in the far west end can be inspiring. This is the first reason for the AO name.
The second reason is that Godwin’s mascot is Eagles. The “Screaming Eagles”, is featured in the logo of the 101 Airborne.
Finally, the grand opening of the AO on May 8, 2020 is on the 75th anniversary of VE day – the end of WW2 in Europe. While the corona virus has damped our ability to remember and celebrate, we have a lot to be thankful for on this side of that most important day in our history.
Good stuff. I once lived not far from Currahee in Cornelia and used to run those trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest.