GrowRuck 05 Preblast

GrowRuck 05 Tennessee Edition is coming to you large and in charge November 17-19 in and around beautiful Chattanooga TN.

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.

The F3 Nation GrowRuck

We rolled out GrowSchool last year 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. To date, we’ve conducted GrowSchools in Nashville, New Orleans, Myrtle Beach and (later this summer) Richmond and Wilmington.

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 and F3 PugetSound regular 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 OBT will participate in the challenge alongside the rest of the pax.

Over the last year we’ve had over 150 men complete GrowRuck in Jacksonville, Eastern North Carolina, New Orleans, and Seattle

Weekend Schedule

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

Friday, November 17th

  • 7:00pm 2ndF Event
    2 Sons Kitchen
    422 E. MLK Blvd, Chattanooga TN 37403

Saturday, November 18th

  • 7:00am – Convergence: Led by Dredd & OBT
    Rivermont Ball Fields
    Dixie Dr, Chattanooga, TN 37415
  • 8:30 – Coffeeteria / Breakfast
    We’re bringing in breakfast, bring a few $ to put in the hat
  • 9:00 – 11:00 – GrowShool led by Dredd & OBT
  • 6:00pm – GORUCK Tough Challenge launches
    Tennessee Aquarium
    1 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402

Start Point Map (Converge at the pin location)

Sunday, November 19th

  • Sometime in the AM, GORUCK Tough Challenge concludes


The cost to participate in the GORUCK Tough Challenge is $150.

Please HC (hard-commit) by following this link and registering for the event with GORUCK:


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 (FYI: the Rucker model goes on sale from time-to-time for around $100). 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 weigh, a headlamp, reflective PT belt, and a hydration bladder.


The Chattanooga guys put together a couple lodging options:

  1. You can pack a sleeping bag and camp out on the gym floor of Red Bank Baptist Church.Red Bank Baptist Church
    4000 Dayton Blvd
    Chattanooga, TN, 37415
  2. Pick one of the fine establishments from the list below and hand them your hard-earned money.
HotelLocationPrice (Saturday PM/Sunday AM) — November 18
Quality Inn Hixson4833 Hixson Pike, Hixson TN$77
Holiday Inn Express4820 Hixson Pike, Hixson, TN$113
Country Inn & Suites Hwy 1535000 New Country Drive, Chattanooga, TN, 37343$89
Hampton Inn1920 Hamill Rd, Chattanooga, TN, 37343$110
Hilton Garden Inn (Downtown)311 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN, 37402$135
DoubleTree407 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN$179
Hampton Inn (Downtown)400 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN$179
Holiday Inn & Suites (Downtown)434 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN$153
Holiday Inn Express (Downtown)440 W Martin Luther King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN$144
La Quinta Inn & Suites (East Ridge)6650 Ringgold Rd, Chattanooga, TN$99

Important Links

Our Event Facebook Page: Most comz will take place here

GORUCK GrowRuck Custom Signup link

The GORUCK Challenge

I Just Signed Up for the GORUCK Challenge … Now What Do I Do? Your GORUCK FAQs Answered


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