Matt Clark Participates in GORUCK Challenge

May 9th, 2013

Our associate Matt Clark recently participated in the GORUCK Challenge. Inspired by the most elite training offered to Special Forces soldiers and led by Green Berets, the GORUCK Challenge is a team event and never a race. Challenge cadre build each class into a team through collective conditions of mental and physical exhaustion. Classes are small, camaraderie is high, smiles are plentiful, and teamwork is paramount. Read Matt’s story below recounting his experience with the event!

My event started at 1:00 am on April 27th at the Nelson Atkins Art Museum.  There were 19 people in my class total and I knew only one person in the class.  We pushed, worked and rucked for 10.5 to 11 hours straight 8 to 9 hours of that in the cold wet rain and covered between 15-20 miles.  Everyone carried with them a ruck(backpack) containing six bricks, a three litter hydration bladder and whatever else we deemed necessary to keep ourselves going.  Most of our packs weighed between 35 to 50 pounds and they stayed on our backs the entire time.  In addition to our packs we, had to carry two empty beer keg, a dozen eggs(which we could not break) and an American flag.  Our course was unknown to us but took us all over the Plaza and downtown Kansas City.  The focus was on turning 19 strangers into one complete team striving for the same goal.  If one person failed everyone failed.  Weather we were doing flutter kicks in the JC Nichols fountain on the plaza or doing pushups along Broadway Blvd everything had to be done together and as a team.  Out of all the physical events I have done in my life this is arguably one of the if not the hardest event I have done in my life.  It pushes you mentally and physically.  That being said I can’t wait to do the next one! I encourage you to visit the GORUCK Challenge website to learn more and see a list of events throughout the country.

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