GrowRuck is F3Nation’s leadership training and growth initiative. There are three key parts of GrowRuck. There is GrowSchool + a GORUCK Challenge + a powerful dose of 2ndF = GrowRuck.

F3Nation is a unique Leadership Development Program and GrowRuck allows participants to learn and apply these skills in one CSAUP event.

 “…because we are not 1st, we are not 2nd…We are 3rd.”

“But getting over yourself. Maybe that’s the biggest challenge. And that’s what our Cadre worked on from jump street”. (GrowRuck 09 Ohio, participant)

“Cadre Danny stated in the beginning that he had no interest in how teams or individuals performed when they were fresh…that a team and individual could only be measured when the suck had been on them for hours, and the brokenness of the men shined bright like Methane from earth’s crust”. (GrowRuck 09 Ohio, participant)

GrowRuck Logo 3.0 Symbol

What is GrowRuck? The F3 Weekly Roundtable call on Soundcloud with @F3Gus & Bono describing GrowRuck 12 in Memphis and the impact it had on the men who participated.

Why GrowRuck? An explanation as to why we do this CSAUP event.

Spreading the GrowRuck Roots – The story behind the logo

Introduction to GrowRuck

GrowRuck is a weekend-long event that combines F3 GrowSchool with a GORUCK Tough. By adding a CSAUP event (which brings a huge dose of 1st and 2nd F) to the GrowSchool experience, F3 Nation aims to catalyze and accelerate a location’s growth and the bonds of brotherhood that form when several regions join together and accomplish a mission.

GrowRuck is ideally suited for AOs (or a collection of locations) that have been around for a year or longer. A good indicator that a location is ready for a GrowRuck is when PAX find themselves standing around asking, “What’s next?”

OBT and Dredd developed the idea for GrowRuck as they began teaching GrowSchools and realized how important CSAUP events are to F3’s growth in a region. In particular, they drew on their own experience as members of GORUCK Tough Classes 193 and 707 and the role that those events, with their emphasis on teamwork and bonding, played in catalyzing F3’s growth in Charlotte and the surrounding regions

Because the class size for a GrowRuck event is around 65-70 participants, GrowRucks are ideally suited to F3 locations where they can draw from multiple AOs within driving distance. Part of the draw for participating in GrowRuck are the connections and 2nd F that forms between regions. That being said, not everyone in an AO or region needs to participate in the Tough to get something out of GrowRuck, as many of the weekend’s events are open to all PAX.

While  GrowRuck can be customized to fit the needs of each region, the basic format is:

  • Friday night 2ndF Event
  • Saturday AM workout + GrowSchool
  • Saturday PM GORUCK Tough (12-14 hours)
  • Sunday AM breakfast

GrowRuck 12 Memphis Pre-Blast, Schedule, & Overview – The Pre-Blast contains useful links to GORUCK and other training sites as well as packing list, etc.

History of GrowRuck Events


GrowRuck 01 started in Jacksonville, FL on November 18th, 2016 at GORUCK headquarters, intertwining the roots of F3 GrowRuck and GORUCK. The first four GrowRucks were operated by F3Nation as part of the expansion efforts to target new AOs ready for growth.

Starting with GrowRuck 05 in Chattanooga, The Iron Project (TIP) took over the GrowRuck operations in order to expand the GrowRuck program to FiA and other outside organizations. GrowRuck 12 in Memphis marked a renewed focus for GrowRuck to focus only on F3 and our foundational roots to expand and create growth in F3.

Photos and Backblast for each GrowRuck are linked in the table below. Here are some highlight photos > GrowRuck Google Photos Link – Highlights


Name/Photos Date Location Organization Class #/BB Participants
F3 Jacksonville 11/19/2016 Jacksonville, FL F3 01 31
F3 North Carolina 3/11/17 Atlantic Beach, NC F3 02 BackBlast 61
F3 New Orleans 6/10/17 New Orleans, LA F3 03 BackBlast 37
F3 Puget Sound 8/26/17 Seattle, WA F3 04 31
F3 Chattanooga 11/18/2017 Chattanooga, TN TIP/F3 05
FiA ENC 1/20/18 Greenville, NC TIP/FiA 06
F3 Midlands 1/27/18 Columbia, SC TIP/F3 07
F3 Texas 2/24/18 Houston, TX TIP/F3 08
F3 Ohio 4/28/18 Toledo, OH TIP/F3 09 BackBlast 97
Beta Ruck 4/7/18 Chapel Hill, NC TIP/Fraternity 10
FiA Eastern TN 11/17/18 Irwin, TN TIP/FiA 11 34
F3 Memphis 9/21/18 Memphis, TN F3 12 52
Beta Ruck Fraternity 13
F3 Virginia 3/23/19 Richmond, VA F3 14

Contact/Expression of Interest

If you think a GrowRuck would be a good fit for your F3 location, or if you and your F3 friends have been discussing doing a custom Tough Challenge, we would love to hear from you.

For more information about the GrowRuck contact Bono ( or @F3GrowRuck on Twitter).