5:00 AM Bramble Hill Farm: Moment of respect before the journey begins
If you happened to notice that flag bearer -- which in Amherst tends to stand out -- with a crew of 30 enthusiastic participants close behind this morning glistening under a stunning blue sky, that was the GoRuck Light Challenge.
Kind of a one (long) day intro to special forces training, this band of brothers and sisters awoke very early this morning for an 0500 start. And spent the next 6 hours sweating across nine scenic miles of Amherst.
10:30 AM In Amherst town center
Rucksacks are military quality backpacks sold by GoRuck, a company founded by an ex-Green Beret. GoRuck Light events use the backpack (packed with bricks), in an extended group workout that is sort of a combination of Outward Bound and Crossfit.
The event is not an individual competition where the object is to win, the goal is to come together as a team, listen to your Cadre (former special forces group leader) and then carry out his commands. Adversity becomes the challenge to overcome. As a team.
And for these now hardier individuals, the day was a success. Go team!