I’m here at Push this week—but after that I’m on a two-week “vacation.” Actually, for the first week, I’m going to be beaten to a pulp in a foreign country. Then my wife and son and I will spend a week in Paris.
Allow me to explain.
I have been participating in GoRuck events for a while now. For those of you who don’t know, GoRuck was started by a veteran of the U.S. Special Forces (Green Berets) and is “based in every way” on the lessons learned in training and in war. Originally conceived to market a class-leading ruck sack (backpack), the company began endurance events to test the durability of the “rucks.” These also tested the durability the participants, which led to more events, which led to today.
I have participated in seven GoRuck events, but nothing like this one. This one is actually three events back-to-back: a Light event (5+ hours), a Tough event (12+ hours) and a Heavy event (24+ hours). And they take place on the two beaches the Americans stormed on June 6, 1944—Omaha and Utah. That’s hallowed land. We will also be in Colleville-sur-Mer, the location of the American cemetery and memorial. Again, hallowed land.
So what I signed up for will be painful, and will last 47 hours; give or take. I wanted to make sure, when I signed up for something like this, that the location would be in a place where I knew I wouldn’t quit. How could I?
It’s the anniversary of one of the greatest days in US history.
It’s the location of an event that changed he world.
I will think of all the people who fought and died there. What their families went through. I will think of the wounded. The innocent French civilians. The destruction. The price paid for freedom—almost impossible to calculate, even after all these years.
The least I can give is my very best.