Wednesday, September 27
Always 70 and Sunny
Always 70 and Sunny



A solid nine-PAX of modern day Jim Thorpes posted to the newest unofficial AO to follow DTH down the 3+ mile Bright Path. Despite all wearing matching shoes, here’s how the Great Spirit inspired us to greatness:


Mosey around the bus loop, then circle up for COP #1:

  • Welcome & F3 Disclaimer
  • Nancy Kerrigans
  • Don Quixotes
  • Imperial Squat Walkers
  • Hairy Rockettes
  • Rosalita Whips

Mosey back to the track for COP #2:

  • LAP #1: Partner up for x1 Burpee CMIYC, Bernie until tagged by partner
  • LAP #2: GrabAss (Q calls a name, that man sprints away, PAX give chase and GrabAss winner calls out x10 reps of something then calls next victim’s name)
  • LAP #3: CMIYC with x3 Broad Jumps then Bernie

Long Mosey to Short Pump Park:

  • Triple Check at Circle Field for COP #3:
  • P1 – Swing Kicks
  • P2 – Bench Dips
  • P3 – Run Circle Field

Long Mosey back to PMS for COP #4:

  • Light pole Suicides until out of time

Mosey BTTF for COT:

  • Counterama # 9
  • Namerama
  • Announcerama (see Comments)
  • YHC took us out in Prayer


  • If you like running the hard way, try stopping to get a beatdown on the regular. Gypsy’s got the right idea folks, and HEY, YHC’s IT band actually permitted a few miles without a crippling crawl ending. Notable moments from the morning: Confused PAX started the morning running in circles were then enlightened when Hardywood came in on two wheels – YHC knew Hardywood’s default donut run when he’s late and can’t find the PAX might have pushed him over the edge into Diabetic Ketoacidosis. Not on my watch bro! And as a sweet reward Hardywood then spent 43 minutes infusing his next-level WOKE mumble chatter and energy for our entertainment. Under discussion was the naming of this group after Swiper dropped an awesome idea on Slack last night. To quote: “I suggest we name the Wednesday run/bootcamp combo AO at Pocahontas Elementary school “Bright Path” to honor one of America’s greatest all-around athletes, Jim Thorpe. Like Pocahontas, Thorpe was a member of an Algonquin nation. She was a Powhatan and he was a Sauk. Among his other accomplishments, he won Olympic gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon, was a two time football All-American under Pop Warner, played both professional football and baseball, and was the first president of the NFL. He even won the 1912 intercollegiate ballroom dancing championship. Far from the specialized athletes of today, his all-around excellence is a good match for the dual nature of this AO,  and his Algonquin ancestry is a distant tie to Pocahontas. Thorpe’s mother named him Wa-Tho-Huk, translated as “path lit by great flash of lightning” or, more simply, “Bright Path.” Well, the conversation continues but as of the writing of this backblast, the consensus is to keep Thorpe’s native name “Wa-Tho-Hook” as the AO name…endearing referred to by the RVA PAX as “WTH” or “Wha The Heck!” Anyway, YHC enjoyed it today fellas. Keep posting! Best, YHC, DTH

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Joined F3 at NoToll 9/25/18. Started The FORGE 4/4/19. Fealty to SOJ. Follower of Jesus Christ. Pediatrician. Missionary. Husband to the M since 2005. Papa to a couple awesome 2.0's "Oreo" & "Banjo".


  1. – The ShoeDrive is coming to an end in the next 10 days, with SOJ waaaaay in the lead. And who cares if it’s a matching pair? If it’s good enough for Jim Thorpe!
    – Ye Ol Capitol Trail Run this weekend featuring a few brave souls – TYA, Gomer Pile, Swiper, and maybe others… they’d like more PAX to join and/or help as drivers.

  2. Great beatdown Q! Hope the IT band behaves the rest of the day.

    Really appreciate DTH and Hardywood making the trek to the frontier.

    This workout format is a keeper. Headlamps and vests needed to take full advantage of the terrain. Looking forward to the next one !

    Gitty up!