This will be quite a different trip report of an overnighter with benefits. ;-)
A routine physical on April 29th uncovered a problem that precluded me from fully participating in the GoRuck Challenge as I had intended. I was however able to "shadow" the challenge. I observed and walked alongside the team that included my son Todd as they progressed through the evolutions.
I originally wanted to participate fully with my son and enjoy some guy time. Making some special memories for us in an undertaking of his choosing was also another goal of mine. Shadowing this event gave me a unique perspective and the memories of it are clear and precious to me.
I will be back training soon as my physician(s) are helping me to get things under control.
Cadre - The leader(s) of the challenge.
State Capitol, Austin Tx, May 4th,2013, 2200 hrs.
Class 554 begins their GORUCK Challenge.
I was truly privileged to shadow this team as they proceeded through their GORUCK Challenge. What I witnessed was truly glorious and miraculous.
39 individuals arrived prepared to carry their own ruck's weight through to the finish. As they progressed through the evolutions 39 individuals became 1 team. Each team member was willing to carry another team member’s ruck while that team member was carrying a buddy. Team members offered each other encouragement, assistance and praise.
This class carried two American flags and held them high throughout the challenge.
The team even performed public service for the community during this event!
At the end the cadre ordered them to perform another task.
It was a test of their willingness to go further. The cadre was looking for the team’s reaction to hearing that they were not done yet.
The cadre was also looking for the team’s willingness to go on and not the completion of the task.
The entire team proceeded to do as told without a groan or complaint. The cadre was duly impressed with their performance and told them so.
The cadre then addressed the team and congratulated them on completing their GORUCK Challenge.
The TOUGH patch was theirs! As each member received the patch that can only be earned, “Welcome to the family”, was heard from the cadre.
Class 554 was dismissed.
HooRah! 554 HooRah!
Yes I was a proud papa when I saw my saw my son, Todd, receive a handshake, have that GORUCK TOUGH patch placed in his hand and have those words said to him, "Welcome to the family".
I followed up with congratulations of my own and a strong hug from "Pops" as I am known to my son Todd. ;-)
We now have many fond memories of our time in Austin. It was indeed, Good Livin'.