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Date & TimeFriday, February 16, 2018 18:00
Start PointYour start point will be posted to this page and emailed to you at least one week before the event date.
Joe Warner Memorial
"When you get knocked down, you get right back up. It doesn’t matter if it’s sports or combat or life. You get right back up."
–Major Joe Warner, Green Beret
Bragg Heavy has been described as the King of All Rucks. The miles, the weight, the freezing cold water, the wind and the rain–and it all goes down on the same hallowed grounds where Special Forces candidates train during the Special Forces Qualification Course. The Joe Warner Memorial Bragg Heavy honors our friend and brother: a Green Beret/GORUCK Cadre who also completed Bragg Heavy 2.0 as a participant, and who tragically passed too soon. In his words:
"I knew at some point during Bragg Heavy 2.0 I would be tempted to quit. Yes, I’m not too proud to admit it...Ranger, SFQC, SERE, Combat Diver, USMA, interrogator school, yeah they all sucked. But my gut told me that none of those experiences could pack as much suck into a 28 hour period like the ultimate GORUCK team event could (I was correct)."
While in Fayetteville, make sure to visit the Airborne and Special Operations Museum with your fellow GRT’s to learn about the storied history of the people who have trained on the same grounds as the Joe Warner Memorial Bragg Heavy. Then come and pay your respects by earning the coveted Bragg Heavy patch. This is the unofficial cold weather GRT Family Reunion. In Special Forces fashion, also expect a huge Ruckoff afterwards.
What to Bring
- A rucksack aka backpack (GR1 or Rucker recommended)
- Ruck Plate = to your weight requirement
- If you weigh >150 lbs = 30 lb. Ruck Plate (or equivalent)
- If you weigh < 150 lbs = 20 lb. Ruck Plate (or equivalent)
- Hydration Bladder: Source 3L recommended
- Nalgene bottle (1L) or equivalent (electrolytes recommended)
- Reflective Ruck Bands (or equivalent) on your ruck
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- One (1) Climbing Carabiner
- Dry Bag (or equivalent, such as a contractor bag) with a change of clothes. If you’re really cold, you’ll be really glad you have this. Be sure to bring one (1) pair of extra socks. You’ll carry this Dry Bag in your ruck.
- Boots (worn) are recommended over sneakers, based on the support you need over all the miles and all the weight. Under no circumstances should you wear Gore-Tex or other “waterproof” boots or socks.
- Food aka lickies and chewies. Just don’t bring the whole Thanksgiving feast, it’s only 24+ hours.
- Photo ID and $20 cash just in case
- As a class, you need one (1) 50 lb. class weight and one American Flag. No wheels will be attached to the team weight and it must be in compliance with Special Forces Rule #1: Always Look Cool. Use your event’s Facebook page to meet your class, organize training, and coordinate team weight details.
- Flip-flops (not required) - upon completion of a GORUCK Heavy, it’s one of the seven great feelings in the world to take your shoes and socks off and put flip flops on. It also makes the hell-yeah-I-earned-my-patch beer taste even better.
Transfers & Refunds
- Transfers to the same type of event are allowed if completed prior to seven days before the start of the event
- Refunds are not allowed for this event
Meeting up to Train
There are people training for your event at the following spot(s) and we encourage you to be one of them:
- Evolution Athletics - East & West (Spring Lake, NC)
- Event Type:
- Heavy Challenge
- Location Name:
- Fort Bragg, North Carolina
- North Carolina
- United States