GrowRuck 16 Naperville

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Naperville, IL






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Buckle up HIM’s, GrowRuck 16 is coming to Naperville, IL on September 20th-22nd, 2019!!

The cost to participate in the GrowRuck Tough Challenge is $150. This includes GrowSchool, GORUCK registration, a T-Shirt, and sweet patches. Please HC (hard-commit) by registering and making a deposit via the F3 GrowRuck website for $75 to You will use this link for your remaining balance, as well. The remaining balance of $75 will be due August 16, 2019. Registrations made after July 22nd will be at the full price. Â Registrations after August 16, 2019 may not be able to get a T-Shirt because of processing time.

Your Event Q for the weekend is Wilson from F3 Naperville. 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_Wilson.

Weekend Schedule

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

Friday, September 20th

-7:00pm 2nd F Event – Celebration Campus – Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (815 S Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540)

-For $20/Pax we will have Chicago-style grub on hand (think: Portillo’s, Giordano’s, etc) to fuel us for the weekend ahead. Adult beverages (Details TBD) will also be on-hand to assist in lightening everyone’s tension for the impending 36 hours.

Saturday, September 21st

-0700 — Convergence Workout: Led by Dredd & Slaughter @ F3Naperville’s Dark Tower AO (Rotary Hill, Naperville, IL 60540)

-0615: Extra Credit Run Club

-0830 — Coffeeteria / Breakfast: Celebration Campus (815 S Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540))

-0900-1100 — GrowShool: Led by Dredd & Slaughter (@ Celebration Campus)

-1800 — GORUCK Tough Challenge: Start Point on North Central College campus (exact launch point TBD)

Sunday, September 22nd

-Sometime in the AM, GORUCK Tough Challenge concludes. Showers will be available for out-of-town Pax at nearby North Central College’s Athletics Locker Rooms.

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 in November 2016  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 a GORUCK Cadre and will be in all ways an official GORUCK Tough challenge, but the GrowRuck Cadre will tailor activities and the teaching to reinforce the GrowSchool curriculum and lessons. Dredd and Slaughter will participate in the challenge alongside the rest of the pax.

Over the last several years, almost 600 men complete the GrowRuck in Jacksonville, Eastern North Carolina, New Orleans, Seattle, Chattanooga, Texas, Columbia, Toledo, Memphis, and Richmond.


A GrowRuck T-Shirt will be included with your registration as long as we have at least 60 participants.


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, but GORUCK Rucks last — FYI: the Rucker model ($265) goes on sale from time-to-time & the F3 Ruck Club will have discounts that may work for the Rucker, depending on the month. Contact Winnebago @F3NationRuck at the end of the Pre-Blast. The 511 Rush 12 is a $99 version that some guys use. The 511 Rush 24 is slightly larger and slightly more expensive. 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 or a plate for weight, a headlamp, reflective PT belt, and a hydration bladder. See the official GORUCK Tough packing list or Ruck.Beer Packing list for all the required gear.


Celebration Campus at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in downtown Naperville will be home base for this weekend and has lots of space for guys to rest Friday evening. We’ll have the space for rest if Pax bring some sleeping gear (sleeping bag, cot, pillow, etc), as well as showers for use.

We also have a block of rooms available at the nearby Fairfield Inn & Suites (1847 W Diehl Rd, Naperville, IL 60563). Rooms are double occupancy (2 double beds) for a rate of $72+tax/night.

Next Steps

  1. Pay  your $75 deposit or $150 full registration at
  2. Join the Facebook group so the Cadre can communicate with us and Slack for all the mumble chatter
  3. Find a ruck, put some bricks in it, and ruck on.

Important Links

Our Event Facebook Page: Most Comz will take place here at our Facebook page: Facebook/Groups/GrowRuck16Naperville. Â Feel free to join the page when you register. You can post updates as you train, ask questions, and most importantly “challenge” other regions here. Be sure to keep up with things here as our Cadre will post updates here that you will need to pay attention to. Also join our GrowRuck16 Slack workspace: join/slack/growruck16naperville.

The GORUCK Challenge – The link to GORUCK’s Tough page. Just look at things and get inspired.

All Day Ruckoff – by GrowRuck 04 Alumni, Brian Lohr contains many helpful links on training, equipment, and the podcast is informative. Consider following him on Twitter as well.

Pathfinder Ruck Training was started by F3 guys and is a solid training program for any GoRuck event.

F3 Nation Rucking on Facebook (closed group) and @F3NationRuck on Twitter are two key sources of information. Winnebago is the Q of that part of the Nation’s Ruck events.

You can always email [email protected] and Bono will either answer your questions or get you to the right person. Be sure to follow @F3GrowRuck on Twitter.

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