GrowRuck 07 (SC Midlands) Preblast

GrowRuck 08 is coming in hot to the Midlands of South Kackalack, (in the dead of winter 2018), and you, yeah you, need to be there. The event will take place January 26-28 2018 in the greater Columbia SC area. Since we’re putting this event on for F3 Lexington, Lake Murray and Columbia, we’re planning on visiting each region during the weekend.

What, you ask, is GrowRuck?

It’s simple: GrowRuck is a weekend-long event that combines GrowSchool and a GORUCK Tough challenge. In 72 hours, you’ll get, 1stF + CSAUP + 2ndF + F3 Leadership Development & Training. Over the last year we’ve had over 220 men complete GrowRuck in cities like Jacksonville, Eastern North Carolina, New Orleans, and Seattle.

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. After awhile, 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 will be in all ways an official GORUCK Tough challenge, but the cadre will tailor activities and the teaching to reinforce the GrowSchool curriculum and lessons. GrowSchool will be led by a group of F3 men from different regions that have demonstrated a deep understanding of what it takes to be an effective leader.

Weekend Schedule

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

Friday, January 26th: Columbia

Saturday, January 27th: Columbia

  • 07:00: Convergence Bootcamp led by WhiteShoe
    The Brickpile Dreher High School (3319 Millwood Ave, Columbia, SC 29205)
  • 08:30 – 11:00: Breakfast and GrowSchool
    St. John’s Episcopal Church – (2827 Wheat St, Columbia, SC 29205)
  • 20:00: GORUCK Tough Challenge launches

Sunday, January 28th: Lexington

  • Sometime in the AM, GORUCK Tough Challenge concludes

Event Qs

Your event Qs for Columbia, Lake Murray and Lexington are ClamsTheDigger, TNT and RockingChair respectively. If you have questions about the event, don’t hesitate to hit them up on the Twitter Machine. You can also yell at me at @srankin on Twitter.


The cost to participate in the GORUCK Tough Challenge is $150. This includes GrowSchool and breakfast on Saturday, GORUCK registration, and a sweet patch.

Please HC (hard-commit) by making a deposit via PayPal for $75 to [email protected]. The balance of $75 will be due January 5th. We will send you instructions about paying the balance.


Order your event shirt from the F3 Gear Store.


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.



  1. PayPal your $75 deposit to [email protected]
  2. Join this Facebook group
  3. Find a ruck, put some bricks in it, and ruck on.

Important Links

Our Event Facebook Page: Most comz will take place here

The GORUCK Challenge

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

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x