GrowRuck 08 (Texas) Preblast

GrowRuck 08 is coming to the Lone Star State February 23rd-25th in Houston.

The cost to participate in the GORUCK Tough Challenge is $150. This includes GrowSchool, GORUCK registration, and a sweet patch. Please HC (hard-commit) by making a deposit via PayPal for $60 to [email protected]. Please include your F3 name & city in the comments.

The balance of $90 will be due January 15th. We will send you instructions about paying the balance in early December. Please use the “Send money to friends and family” option to help us avoid processing fees.

Your Event Q for the weekend is Duggar from Houston. 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 [email protected] or on twitter at @F3_Duggar.

Weekend Schedule

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

Friday,  February 23rd

  • 7:00pm 2ndF Event

Saturday, February 24th

  • 7:00am – Convergence: Led by Dredd & OBT
  • 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

Sunday, February 25th

  • Sometime in the AM, GORUCK Tough Challenge concludes

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 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 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 200 men complete the GrowRuck in Jacksonville, Eastern North Carolina, New Orleans, Seattle and Chattanooga.


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.


Our Houston hosts will post some lodging options here. Check back for details.


  1. PayPal your $60 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