Group shot of Class 973 Boston after completing our GORUCK Challenge.  There's no way to describe how amazing it feels afterward!  (picture credit: Khoa Nguyen)

Group shot of Class 973 Boston after completing our GORUCK Challenge. There’s no way to describe how amazing it feels afterward! (picture credit: Khoa Nguyen)

“Building Better Americans…” is the slug line of this amazing company started by Jason McCarthy, a former Green Beret. They make amazing gear and put on some of the most incredible events ever.

Anyone feel like a nice dip in the frigid waters of Boston Harbor?  (picture credit: Khoa Nguyen)

Anyone feel like a nice dip in the frigid waters of Boston Harbor? (picture credit: Khoa Nguyen)

One of those events is the GORUCK Challenge: 10-15 hours long, 15-20 miles in length, all while wearing a ruck that weighs upwards of 45-50 pounds on your back.
May as well low crawl through the surf, too... (picture credit: Khoa Nguyen)

May as well low crawl through the surf, too… (picture credit: Khoa Nguyen)

Each event is led by a Cadre of former or current Special Operations personnel – and they all bring their own unique form of Good Livin’ to the party. Along the way, you meet some amazing people, do some insanely difficult things, and emerge on the other side a better person.

Put a smile on your face and you'll crush it...even when humping a 45 pound ruck and carrying a 50 pound water can or two.  (photo credit: Khoa Nguyen)

Put a smile on your face and you’ll crush it…even when humping a 45 pound ruck and carrying a 50 pound water can or two. (photo credit: Khoa Nguyen)

I’ve written about my experiences with doing the GORUCK Challenge Class 973 over on my blog entry here, so be sure to check it out. It gives you a fairly in-depth rundown of my experiences and my training to prepare for it.

Y'know, one ruck wasn't enough, so why not carry two?  Plus, some water cans and a team weight?  It could always be worse!  (photo credit: Khoa Nguyen)

Y’know, one ruck wasn’t enough, so why not carry two? Plus, some water cans and a team weight? It could always be worse! (photo credit: Khoa Nguyen)

Once you’ve given it a read, head on over to the GORUCK site and sign up for an event – you absolutely will not regret it. The GORUCK family is a pretty amazing group of individuals drawn together by the crucible of adversity. Share some blood, sweat, and tears with new people and you will never forget the experience. While you’re in the event, you’ll think you were crazy for signing up, but twelve hours after it’s over, you’ll be ready to sign up for your next one!

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