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GrowRuck 23: July 16-17, 2021

F3 St. Louis has been growing at an insane pace over the last couple of years, so what better way to celebrate regional growth than spending some quality time in the forested river bluffs of beautiful Eastern Missouri with some of F3’s finest PAX?

The legend of Lewis & Clark’s Expedition began in this region, and now, 217 years later, it’s time to build your own story. Mid-July in St. Louis is truly something to behold. Just like Lewis & Clark’s adventure, GrowRuck 23 may involve heat, swarms of insects, and strong river currents. Only one confirmed death resulted out of their journey, but it’s rumored to have been due to an unrelated abdominal infection. Even if you do happen to be battling a pesky abdominal infection, don’t let that hold you back.  July is a ways off, and there’s plenty of time to heal up, so HC now to join your brothers in the Gloom.  

Who’s the GrowRuck 23 Event Q?

Your Ruck Q for the weekend is Blistex, who will be coordinating with F3 Nation’s GrowRuck Q, Gus, to make this a weekend you’ll want to go home and write a detailed non-fiction book about.

Schedule

Friday, July 16

1700: The Rally (2nd F Event)

Location: The Huck (Shaw Park) Enterprise Holdings Pavilion, 2 Mark Twain Cir, St. Louis, MO 63105

Saturday, July 17

0615: Extra Credit Pre-Run

0700: Kingbuilder (Workout)

Location: The Huck (Shaw Park), 2 Mark Twain Cir, St. Louis, MO 63105 or The Backyard (Tower Grove Park), Center Cross Dr, St. Louis, MO 63116

0830: Breakfast

0900: F3 Grow School

1100: Extra Credit Queenbuilder Event

An event led by F3 St. Louis’ own resident gastroenterologist, Honey Pot, on the benefits of a plant-based diet.  Once described as “the gentlest beast,” Honey Pot will provide an overview on how to translate the benefits of a plant-based diet into meaningful change.

1800: Ruck Event

Approximate Location:  LaSalle Retreat Center, 2101 Rue De La Salle Dr, Wildwood, MO 63038

Ruck Event Conclusion on Sunday Morning.

Frequently Asked Questions

While the F3 St. Louis PAX are known for their open door policy, we have negotiated a group rate at the Drury Inn & Suites – St. Louis Brentwood. Your room will even come with a bed, so no need to worry about lugging your home region bed inside your carry-on. Click the link below for booking information, but don’t wait too long, as these hot deals expire Monday, June 14.  If you’ve made lifelong friendships with local PAX after the weekend’s festivities, maybe you can revisit the basement discussion for the next GrowRuck.

 

https://www.druryhotels.com/bookandstay/newreservation/?groupno=2431854

Odds are you haven’t been added to the local PAX’s insurance policy, so this wouldn’t be advisable.  You were crazy enough to sign up for GrowRuck, so who knows what you’ll do behind the wheel of someone else’s car.  Luckily for you out of towners, Uber services to/from the airport are complementary as part of your journey to the Gateway City.  Kick back and relax, while someone drives you to your destination and most likely asks why you’re in town.  2 extra credit points to the PAX that can EH their Uber driver to attend GrowRuck that weekend.

F3 St. Louis’ Kramer and Crop Circle will be your primary contacts for Uber services.  Reach out ahead of time and provide them with your arrival and departure information to place you on the Uber schedule for the weekend.  Treat them nice, and maybe they’ll add you to their auto policy next time.

Kramer – Sam Feld

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (314) 640-6347

Crop Circle – Bryan Thomas
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (314) 413-0546   

No.  The cost of GrowRuck should not ever be the deciding factor for any PAX to not attend. F3 St. Louis has several fundraising efforts underway to support our brothers in need to help them attend this event. 

The registration cost for attending this event is $150 for PAX of the St. Louis Region.  For all other PAX, the registration cost will be $125.  Again, the bottom line is that the focus of the weekend is your acceleration.  If finances are preventing you from marking down an HC, reach out to the GrowRuck 23 team to see how we can help.

Great question, I’m glad you asked.  While proper dental hygiene is encouraged to prevent gum disease, you will need more equipment than that for your weekend.  Your most important component for the weekend will arguably be your best friend, the rucksack. While ‘Tommy Tough Mudder’ may have all the high tech gadgets and gear, that doesn’t mean his way is the only way to achieve legendary status at GrowRuck 23.  Spending several hundred dollars on a GORUCK rucksack or backpack is not a required component, but they are a durable option if one can be found in a price range you are comfortable with.

For those looking for a deal, check out your local Army surplus store, eBay, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace for potential discounted secondhand rucks.

Listed below are some of the equipment you will need and will not need:

Required Equipment

  • Rucksack
  • 30lb weight (20lb weight for any PAX under 150lbs)
  • 3L of Water
  • Nalgene Bottle or Water Bladder (bladder is highly recommended)
  • Reflective Ruck Bands
  • Carabiner for climbing
  • Photo ID
  • Face mask, cover, or neck gaiter
  • Work gloves

Optional Equipment

  • Water bottle
  • Electrolytes
  • Windbreaker
  • Hat
  • Dry Bag
  • Food
  • First Aid/Blister Kit
  • Extra Socks & Shirt
  • Hand Sanitizer/Baby Wipes
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Duct Tape

Prohibited Items

  • Phone
  • Watch
  • Garmin
  • Other Electronic Devices

 

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: https://alldayruckoff.com/event-training/goruck-tough-training/goruck-tough-packing-list/

 

F3 St. Louis has had several reviews of some of the gear best suited for GrowRuck23.  Our gear experts Yodel and Pack Rat are happy to help any PAX select the right equipment for harnessing their inner Uncle Rico.

Yodel – Brent Mathany

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (314) 677-5555

Pack Rat – Tim Millsap

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (314) 402-7775

Important Links

Inspiration and Training

F3 Nation Rucking on Facebook (closed group) &  @F3NationRuck on Twitter are two key sources of information.

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