You’ll learn to lead, you’ll learn to follow, you’ll learn to put others before yourself. You’ll even learn to smile no matter what life throws your way.
My first GORUCK challenge taught me more about myself than anything. I was so nervous and very under prepared for it because I really didn't know what to expect. I really sucked at that challenge, but my number one goal was to not quit.
Looking back and seeing the progress I have made physically and mentally because of GORUCK is pretty incredible to me. I never thought I'd do anything harder than a GORUCK Challenge.
I am a better person because of GORUCK.
The handshake that forever changed my life. Saint Paddy's Day, Boston 2012. After a night of telling myself I'd never do this sh*t again I was handed my patch by Cadre Lou. This night I met lifelong friends ... love you all.
Hardest thing I had ever done in my life and completed with some best friends by my side. Fell in love with my boyfriend during that challenge. I left feeling accomplished knowing I'd NEVER do that again. But once the pictures surfaced 4 days later I was already signed up for my 2nd, then 3rd. I've met some of the most incredible people through GORUCK.
The women in the class were some of the toughest and prettiest I have had the distinct pleasure to be around. Impressive to say the least, they were machines. So much so that any guy on the team was happy to carry the team weight, a pink tire (big tire plant in town) covered in cherries.
I was introduced to GORUCK in one of the lowest times in my life. Through GORUCK I have met all kinds of great friends. Friends that help keep me motivated, friends that remind me what it really means to overcome adversity and persevere through it all, pushing me to pick myself up from my lows and continue to strive to be the best person and American I can be. I still have a long way to go but I'm glad I have so many strong friends to help me along my journey. It's a great community doing great things.
I cried when I finished.. I couldn't believe I made it. I have no words except, I love those people. Every single one of them. I wanted to quit 1hr into the welcome party... my favorite moment was leading the final evolution charge.
GORUCK to me is family. My brother brought me into it, it's something we get to share. And it's an accomplishment that has made me a better, stronger person.
I honestly never though I would ever do more than one Challenge; this was actually supposed to be a "just to say I did it" kind of thing. But after all the camaraderie and motivation I experienced, I became addicted.
What happens when you have 5 girls in a class of 12? No one cares. Least of all, Cadre Joel. Girls carry heavy sh*t too.
GORUCK changed me forever that day. The biggest change is that I learned to expect more from people. I saw what can happen when strangers come together as a team to reach a common goal. I now expect more from myself in everything I do, and I expect more from anyone I interact with. It's lowered my BS threshold to where I can't stand whining and can't do attitude non-team players. Thank you GORUCK for the memories, the pain, and most importantly for the new brothers and sisters.
I started alone because my friend backed out. By the time I finished, I had 90-something new friends.
For me this isn't just about the physical challenges, this is about the family. I've said it before and I'll say it a hundred times more, GORUCK changed my life in so many great ways and I'm grateful to be involved with such an amazing community.
I made some friends for life, learned a lot about myself, and put the important things in life into perspective. I try to keep earning that patch everyday.
I knew about GORUCK for about a year and a half. It took me that long to a) come back from deployment and b) work up the nerve. It's the best thing I ever did.
I am forever grateful and thankful for such a company as GORUCK that affords me the opportunity to participate in events that not only push me physically and mentally, but also because the events surround me with such amazing people like yourselves and the individuals that work behind the scenes to keep GORUCK running. I hope we cross paths someday and when we do I look forward to drinkin' a beer with y'all.
I can say without a doubt this community has changed my life. I have never felt so welcome, supported, and wanted by a group of people in my entire life. The past few years have been a struggle for me and the past few months have been some of the best times of my life. I have made new friends while challenging myself to go further than I would have EVER thought possible. I have realized I am capable of so much I never saw myself capable of in the past. And I'm not finished!