GrowRuck 17 Quicksand

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Pinehurst, NC






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GrowRuck 17 is coming to Southern Pines NC the weekend of November 15-17, 2019. GrowRuck is an intensive weekend of F3 Leadership Development, including plenty of 1st, 2nd, and 3rdF. As F3 is an organization OF leaders, all PAX are welcome to participate.

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 now.

Registrations made through September 22 will require a $75 deposit which helps us secure the Cadre. The final $75 balance (or $150 full payment) will be paid at the same site and is due October 11. Registrations at full price will be taken up to the day of the event, but a T-shirt is not guaranteed due to required lead times. Why are you still reading this? Go sign up!

Your Event Q for the weekend is Captain D’s from F3 Sandhills. He’ll be responsible for organizing the weekend and making sure all you pipe-hitters are ready to roll. If you have questions, you can reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @F3CptD.

Weekend Schedule

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

Friday,  November 15th

  • 7:00pm 2ndF Event – Location TBA – Southern Pines, NC

Saturday, November 16th

  • 7:00am – Convergence: Led by Dredd, Bono, & Slaughter – Pinecrest High School
  • 8:30 – Coffeeteria / Breakfast 
  • 9:00 – 11:00 – GrowShool led by Dredd, Bono, & Slaughter – Pinecrest HS Field House
  • 6:00pm – GORUCK Tough Challenge – Start Point TBA

Sunday, March  24th

  • Sometime in the AM, GORUCK Tough Challenge concludes

Clown Cars and Lodging

We encourage nearby regions to use the Facebook page (see below) to coordinate transportation for inbound PAX.

Our @F3Sandhills hosts have arranged some no-cost, high-quality housing for the weekend. If you need a place to crash, fill out the form here.

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’ve seen how important CSAUP events are to building 2ndF amongst the PAX. 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 Shredder and Cadre DS, and will be in all ways an official GORUCK Tough challenge. Our F3 veteran 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.

In 2018, we had almost 300 men complete GrowRuck events in Jacksonville, Eastern North Carolina, New Orleans, Seattle, Chattanooga, Toledo, and Memphis.

PAX from regions throughout the Carolinas (and beyond) are encouraged to toe the line and show Sandhills our support and brotherhood.

What else is included?

Patches, naturally. Always earned, never given.
A GrowRuck T-Shirt will be included with your registration. Tri-blend is life.


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, and F3’s Ruck Clubs often receive discounts that may work for the Rucker, depending on the month. Veterans, teachers, and first responders all get discounts as well. Contact your local RuckQ or one of the event Qs for details. 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. More gear info here.

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.

Next Steps

  1. Register and put down your $75 deposit at
  2. Join this Facebook group
  3. Find a ruck, put some weight in it, and ruck on.
  4. Headlock some buddies to join you in the Worst Hobby Ever. They’ll thank you later.

Important Links

Our Event Facebook Page: Most comz will take place on the GrowRuck Quicksand Facebook group.  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.

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 the Grow team will either answer your questions or get you to the right person. Be sure to follow @F3GrowRuck on Twitter.

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