I went swimming Sunday morning. Well, really, I went finning. Down in Long Beach…before the skies opened up and it started pouring cats and dogs here in Los Angeles. I was joined by my GRT buddy, Chris, and we managed to finish our swim training before any lightning struck the water and we were fried to a crisp.
So, why finning? Because I am getting ready for another awesome adventure called GORUCK BEACHED coming up in May (prior to the Death Race in June). BEACHED is one of several cool events created by the good folks at Goruck for alumni of the Goruck Challenge. As some of you may recall, the Goruck Challenge is a team-based event lasting anywhere from 12-16 hours and often covering 20+ miles…while carrying bricks in our rucks and other heavy and awkward team weights. The challenge is led by a cadre who is retired or still active in one of several branches of the special forces. They take us (each class is capped at 30 participants) on a lovely stroll of whatever city the event is held. Ha! The suck is often epic but the camaraderie that is created by the need to work as a team overcomes the pain and suffering. It is a small but insightful look at some of the basic training candidates in the special forces go through.
At Goruck BEACHED I won’t carry bricks (at least that’s what we’ve been told – I’m sure other “coupons” will present themselves) but I will spend 4 days in and around Key West, Florida completing team-based missions on foot and in water. We will ruck and we will fin – movement throughout the ocean and in the city will be constant. BEACHED is an opportunity to hang out with friends, challenge myself, and gain a little more insight into how the USA trains its most elite soldiers. Look, this is no wanna-be soldier camp. This is an awesome event created for civilians (although I’m sure there will be vets in our BEACHED class as there are vets in any other event) to test ourselves and have a good time doing it while learning some cool shit. Beer will be plentiful!
More importantly, I am raising money for the Green Beret Foundation in addition to my entry fee. The Green Beret Foundation is the non-profit of choice for the peeps over at Goruck headquarters. The Foundation “provides unconventional resources to facilitate the special needs of our wounded, ill and injured and imparts unique support to the Special Forces community in order to strengthen readiness and uphold Green Beret traditions and values.”
America’s Quiet Professionals
The United States Army Special Forces, commonly known as the Green Berets, produces some of our nation’s finest and most elite warriors. They fight across a broad spectrum of missions in the pursuit of freedom for those oppressed and to protect our nation from those who seek to do us harm. They are known as our country’s quiet professionals.
Whatever your personal moral and political beliefs are regarding our past and present military actions around the world I think we can all agree that the men and woman who serve make sacrifices that most of us never have to consider. I am happy to support the Green Beret Foundation by committing to raise $2000 on their behalf. A small amount but one that I hope can make a little bit of a difference. And, I am half way to fulfilling my goal of $2000!!! Please help me meet that goal by donating a few dollars…seriously, whatever you can give will be greatly appreciated! Five bucks, a ten spot, 20 bones…it’s all good! Sacrifice one Starbucks coffee today and support the Green Beret Foundation! Here’s the link to my donation page:
I am excited beyond belief for Goruck BEACHED and happy to raise money for a worthy organization along the way!
Ruck on. Stay Muddy.