GrowRuck 18 – Florida POSTPONED

Stay tuned for a rescheduled date!

Litore Sacrificium

Spring break is almost here, and where else better to spend it than southwest Florida! GrowRuck 18 is coming to Sarasota, FL on April 3-5, 2020!!  The weekend festivities are as follows:

Weekend Schedule

We’re still ironing out details, but the schedule should look something like this:

Friday, April 3rd (Rally Q – CrabCakes)

-6:30pm – The Rally – (2nd F Event) – Savanna Neighborhood Pool/Clubhouse – 3015 Savanna Palms Court, Bradenton, FL 34211.  Gates Close at 7:00pm.  Contact Crabcakes at (508)685-5959 if you arrive and the gates are closed.  

-For $10/Pax we will have a Jambalaya feast (we know it isn’t New Orleans but you can’t beat Wilson’s Jambalaya!) to fuel us for the weekend ahead. Adult beverages (water, soda, beer) will also be on-hand to assist in lightening everyone’s tension for the impending 36 hours.  Please feel free to bring your own beverage if desired.

Saturday, April 4th

-0700 – The KingBuilder – (Workout) – Led by Dark Helmet & Slaughter @ F3 Suncoast’s Nolan AO (Nolan Middle School Bus Parking Lot 6615 Greenbrook Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202).  Free for all to participate

-0615: Extra Credit Pre-Run

-0830 – Breakfast – Bayside Community Church 15800 FL-64, Bradenton, FL 34212. (GrowSchool/GrowRuck participants)

-0900-1100 – G3LT – (GrowSchool) – Led by Dark Helmet & Slaughter (@ Bayside)

-1800 – Ruck Event – Start Point – Bayfront Park, 5 Bayfront Drive, Sarasota, Florida near the Bayfront Park entrance. Dredd and another pax will be Cadre. 

Sunday, April 5th

-Sometime in the AM, GrowRuck Tough Challenge concludes.

Registration Details

New for GrowRuck Florida, there are three different levels of registration.

  1. GrowRuck Registration – $150
  2. Clown Car Special available for those coming from out of town by clown car with a minimum of 4 pax from a region- $125
  3. GrowSchool registration only – $50

The GrowRuck and Clown Car Special includes Rally (2nd F event), G3LT (GrowSchool & Breakfast), Ruck registration (GrowRuck), a copy of QSource, a T-Shirt, and sweet patches. Please HC (hard-commit) by registering via the F3 GrowRuck website  by March 4th to secure a t-shirt. You will use this link for any possible remaining balance, as well. The remaining balance of $75 will be due March 27, 2020.

Lodging – Lodging Q – Lambeau

Best Western Plus  |  648 67th St Cir E, Bradenton, FL 34208  |  (941) 757-5555

We have a block of 20 rooms with double queen beds available to us on Friday, April 3rd at a rate of $129 per night per room plus 12% tax.
Call the number above to reserve your room. A credit card is required. Mention that you are with F3 to get our rate.
The block is guaranteed until Friday, March 13th. After this date, any rooms in the block that are not reserved will no longer be held for us at our rate, but will be made available to the general public at the regular rate.

Questions about the weekend?  We can be reached at [email protected] or on twitter @F3Suncoast

The F3 Nation GrowRuck

What, you ask, is GrowRuck?

It’s simple: GrowSchool + a Rucking challenge. In one weekend, you’ll get, 1stF + CSAUP + 2ndF + F3 Leadership Development & Training.

F3Nation rolled out GrowSchool in November 2016  as an offering for F3’s “Nomads” — workout locations that are on their way to becoming Regions and can use a little support and encouragement along the way.

After teaching through a couple of GrowSchools, we started to realize how important CSAUP events are to building 2ndF and the overall momentum toward a region. And no CSAUP event that we’ve ever seen has the same catalytic effect on 2ndF and F3 growth as F3 guys getting together to do a Rucking challenge.

So, we thought, why not combine the two?

GrowRuck will be led by Cadre Dredd and be similar to a 12-hr Tough but tailor the activities and the teaching to reinforce the G3LT *(GrowSchool) curriculum and lessons. As trainers, Dark Helmet and Slaughter will participate in the challenge alongside the rest of the pax.

Over the last several years, almost 800 men complete the GrowRuck in Jacksonville, Eastern North Carolina, New Orleans, Seattle, Chattanooga, Texas, Columbia, Toledo, Memphis, Richmond, Georgia, Naperville, and Pinehurst.


A GrowRuck T-Shirt will be included with your registration as long as we have at least 60 participants.


The most frequent question asked when an F3 group begins to look into doing the Challenge is “do I need to buy a $300 backpack”. The short answer is no. A GORUCK ruck is not required, but GORUCK Rucks last — FYI: the Rucker model ($165) goes on sale from time-to-time & the F3 Ruck Club will have discounts that may work for the Rucker, depending on the month. Contact @F3NationRuck at the end of the Pre-Blast. The 511 Rush 12 is a $99 version that some guys use. The 511 Rush 24 is slightly larger and slightly more expensive. Also, many guys pick up second-hand rucks at Army surplus stores, eBay, or Craigslist.

Another option is to have a regional Q email [email protected] We can coordinate a set number of rucks to a single contact in a region for them to be rented for a small fee which will be used to more sternum and hip belts for the rucks.

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 or Ruck.Beer Packing list for all the required gear.

Next Steps

  1. Register at
  2. Join the Slack Channel #growruck-florida2020 on the F3Nations Slack channel AND follow #F3growruck on Twitter so the Planning Team can communicate with everyone
  3. Find a ruck, put some bricks in it, and ruck on.

Important Links

Pathfinder Ruck Training was started by F3 guys and is a solid training program for any GoRuck event.

The GORUCK Challenge – The link to GORUCK’s Tough page. Just look at things and get inspired.

All Day Ruckoff – by GrowRuck 04 Alumni, Brian Lohr contains many helpful links on training, equipment, and the podcast is informative. Consider following him on Twitter as well.

F3 Nation Rucking on Facebook (closed group) and  @F3NationRuck on Twitter are two key sources of information. Winnebago is the Q of that part of the Nation’s Ruck events.

You can always email [email protected] and Bono will either answer your questions or get you to the right person. Be sure to follow @F3GrowRuck on Twitter.

F3 Suncoast