GrowRuck 09 (Ohio) Preblast

GrowRuck 09 is coming to Ohio April 27-29th 2018 via Toledo.

The cost to participate in GrowRuck is $150. This includes GrowSchool, GORUCK registration, and a sweet patch. Please HC (hard-commit) by making a deposit via PayPal for $50 to info@theironproject.com. Please include your F3 name & city in the comments.

The balance of $100 will be due March 1st. We will send you a reminder about paying the balance. Please use the “Send money to friends and family” option to help us avoid processing fees.

Your Event Q for the weekend is Gekko from F3 Puget Sound (Washington). 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 on twitter at @.

Weekend Schedule

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

Friday,  April 27th

  • 7:00pm 2ndF Event

Saturday, April 28th

  • 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, April 29th

  • 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.

T-Shirts

We’ll post a link to order an event t-shirt here at a later date.

Gear

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.

Lodging

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

TL;DR

  1. PayPal your $50 deposit to info@theironproject.com
  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

-Robber

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.

Cost

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 info@theironproject.com. The balance of $75 will be due January 5th. We will send you instructions about paying the balance.

T-Shirts

Order your event shirt from the F3 Gear Store.

Gear

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.

-Robber

TL;DR

  1. PayPal your $75 deposit to info@theironproject.com
  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

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
    http://www.2sonskitchen.com/

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

Cost

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:

https://www.goruck.com/custom-tough-challenge-chattanooga-tn-f3-growruck-05-11-18-2017-18-00-13317/

Gear

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.

Lodging

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
    http://www.redbankbaptist.org
  2. Pick one of the fine establishments from the list below and hand them your hard-earned money.
Hotel Location Price (Saturday PM/Sunday AM) – November 18
Quality Inn Hixson 4833 Hixson Pike, Hixson TN $77
Holiday Inn Express 4820 Hixson Pike, Hixson, TN $113
Country Inn & Suites Hwy 153 5000 New Country Drive, Chattanooga, TN, 37343 $89
Hampton Inn 1920 Hamill Rd, Chattanooga, TN, 37343 $110
Hilton Garden Inn (Downtown) 311 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN, 37402 $135
DoubleTree 407 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

-Robber

F3 GrowSchool & GrowRuck

If you’ve been on the Twitter machine lately, you may have seen some PAX throwing out the words GrowSchool and GrowRuck. My man Mini-Me and I have been fielding some question about these two initiatives so we thought it’d be a good time to open the proverbial kimono and let you know what these things are all about.

The purpose of this post is to briefly explain the two events, and help growing regions choose which is right for them!

GrowSchool

GrowSchool is curriculum developed by OBT and Dredd as a Q School with an emphasis on Growth. The big-ticket items covered in GrowSchool are:

  • Why Growth (& Destruction) is good for F3
  • How F3 Regions Typically Grow
  • Common Regional Growing Pains
  • Why Regional Status is a Worthy Growth Goal

GrowSchool helps Regions understand why #GiveItAway is an F3 imperative and why, in the world of F3, if you aren’t growing, you’re dying. It’s intended for Nomads (or expansion AOs) that have been in existence at least 6-9 months and want to accelerate toward Regional status in support of F3’s mission to Plant, Grow and Serve small workout groups for men for the invigoration of Male Community Leadership.  

A location is an ideal candidate for GrowSchool if the PAX have some momentum and are wondering what the Next Step is. F3 Nation sends in a couple men to teach about F3 Growth, serve as liaisons on the road to Regional Status and push the local PAX to face outward in their community.

The typical timeframe of a GrowSchool is as follows:

  • Friday night 2ndF event for all PAX with GrowSchool Qs (1-2hrs)
  • Saturday AM Convergence beatdown led by GrowSchool Qs (1hr)
  • Saturday Coffeeteria/GrowSchool (2hrs)

For more information about bringing GrowSchool to your location, contact MiniMe (gcburdic@gmail.com or @MiniMe_F3  on Twitter).

GrowRuck

GrowRuck is a weekend-long event that combines 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.

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 30 participants, GrowRucks are ideally suited to F3 locations where they can draw from multiple AOs within driving distance (GrowRuck 01 is taking place in Jacksonville, FL, but is also drawing significant contingents of PAX from St. Simons and Savannah, GA.)  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

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 Robber (sean.rankin@gmail.com or @srankin on Twitter).