Heavy Challenge: San Diego, CA 11/06/2020 18:00

November 6th, 2020 @ 6:00pm PST

Heavy Challenge: San Diego, CA 11/06/2020 18:00
About this event

HTL Weekend

This Heavy Challenge kicks off an HTL (Heavy, Tough, Light) weekend. Sign up for and complete all three Challenges to earn the coveted HTL patch and enter the pantheon of the most elite endurance athletes in the world.

Marine Heavy

GORUCK’s Raiders and Force Reconnaissance Marines have created a Heavy event. Which will be tailored to sharing their history and lineage, bringing forward some of the modern-day experiences in training, and teaching the lessons learned from being down range with regards to teamwork, leadership, and communication. It is said that the Marines are the “Founding Fathers of the United States Special Operations”, credited to Lieutenant Colonel Earl Ellis and Brigadier General Evans Carlson. LtCol Ellis was the author of “Operations Plan 712” which was a 30,000-word top-secret document that highlighted the work of his special reconnaissance clandestine mission that he undertook from 1922-1923 throughout the Caroline and Marshall Islands. This occurred almost twenty years before anyone even thought to recognize that the Japanese would be a threat to the United States. In 1937, Brig Gen Evans Carlson set out on his mission as a student in communist China and linked up with the guerillas as a military observer. While observing the Chinese guerillas, Brig Gen Carlson traveled thousands of miles on foot and horseback. Living in primitive conditions while learning the tactics techniques and procedures of the Communist Chinese Guerillas, Brig Gen Carlson also learned about the Japanese aggression building in the Far East. Brig Gen Carlson resigned his commission in 1939 to write and lecture freely about what may be coming, only to rejoin the ranks in 1941 when the reality of this danger was too close for comfort. Both LtCol Ellis and Brig Gen Evans Carlson set out deep behind enemy lines before there even was a line before World War II. During the Marine Heavy, the cadre will expand in great depth about these two great Marines who paved the way for the present-day Reconnaissance and Raider Battalions. Cadre will share stories of other Special Operations Marines from various wars, right up to modern times during the Global War on Terrorism, all the while hosting one of the greatest ultimate team events the world has seen. This is an event that GRT’s will not want to miss!


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)
  • Participants must also bring Oral Rehydration Salts (or comparable) in case water resupply is harder
  • Reflective Ruck Bands (or equivalent) on your ruck
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Masks (2 minimum) Something that will not repeatedly fall off (scarves not recommended, N95’s not required -- save them for healthcare workers)
  • Gloves (1 pair) Not medical gloves, working gloves
  • Hand Sanitizer/Wipes - 1 bottle Purell, 1 package of baby wipes (or equivalent)
  • One (1) Climbing Carabiner
  • Windbreaker
  • 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 (MACV-1 Boots) 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.

Event Cancellation Policy

  • Transfers and refunds are not allowed for this event (NO EXCEPTIONS).
  • This event must have a minimum of 60 registered participants no later than 45 days prior to the start date
  • If your event is at risk of being cancelled, you will receive an email on following dates:
    • 6 Months
    • 90 Days
    • 60 Days
    • 45 Days (Final Notice)
  • **GORUCK reserves the right to cancel an event at any time

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San Clemente, CA 92672, San Clemente, CA
San Diego, CA
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November 6th, 2020 @ 6:00pm PST
Event Cadre


Force Recon Marine

Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, Asia


Cleve believes that it's the simple things in life that are the key to happiness. Like a little pain, misery, and suffering to help bring out the best in us. Out of the Marines, and living in New Jersey. Cleve enjoys spending time with his family, rucking around, falling from the heavens, splashing around in the water, and of course drinking the nectar of the gods, BEER.

Event Cadre


Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command

Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa


Dustin hails from Utah and spent 17 years in the military in Force Recon and later Marine Raiders with 9 deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa. He has 2 Great Dane pups named Mo and Phyx. He currently resides in Tampa where he works a Joint job. He enjoys ninja kicks, ninja rolls, ninja kart wheels and ninjas.

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