GTE 32 - F3 GrowRuck Training Event, VA Beach, F3 Hampton Roads

GTE 32 - F3 GrowRuck Training Event, VA Beach, F3 Hampton Roads

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GTE 32 is being hosted by F3 Hampton Roads in VA Beach and will be held October 7-8, 2022

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Congratulations to all the Pax participating and playing a support role in GTE32 as well as the cadres and trainers. Proud of you guys. - Funny Car


Have a great GTE experience - Funny Car


The starting point for the Ruck has changed to Seatack North Park, directly behind Law Enforcement Training Academy. Do not park on Americus Way. The Law Enforcement Training Academy is where we are holding the Grow School.

GTE #32 09/28/2022

The following email was sent today

Dear Pax

If you are receiving this email then you have registered for GTE 32 Neptune’s Adventure, you have signed up to serve on the support crew, or you have another role with GTE 32. On behalf of the Pax of F3 Hampton Roads, we are honored to host GTE 32. We look forward to experiencing Neptune’s Adventure with our F3 brothers from other regions.

Attached is the preblast which provides the schedule, times, locations, packing list, and PT test. For the King Builder workout Saturday morning on the beach at 36th Street, there is metered parking on the street as well as nearby parking decks and lots. It’s an awesome view experiencing the sunrise over the ocean during the start of the beatdown. The preblast is also on the F3 Hampton Roads website at

Regarding the PT Test, I was able to obtain a qualifying score and I’m 59 and slow. I do recommend trying the PT test at least once before GTE 32.

For those experiencing your first GTE, be sure to pack all items from the “required gear” list to avoid any consequences resulting from not having the required gear for the ruck.

Special thanks to Average Joe, the GTE 32 Q for F3 Hampton Roads for organizing Neptune’s Adventure. He’s put a lot of time and effort into preparing for GTE 32. Thanks to everyone else who has had a role with setting up GTE 32.

The lead cadre is Major Payne. The other GTE 32 cadres are Flight Nurse, Akron, and Full House. Beauty and Tommy Boy are the trainers and will lead the Rally, King Builder, and GrowSchool. Parts of GTE 32 will be shown live on Facebook Live on the F3 Nation page.

For Pax from other regions, if any Pax are traveling with you who are not participating in the ruck, we do have opportunities for volunteers.

On a personal note, participating in the Richmond 2019 GrowRuck five months after open heart surgery was a life changing event for me as it showed me that my heart was capable of allowing me to test the limits physically and mentally. The whole time during the GrowRuck my F3 brothers made sure I was doing okay, they “had my back”. As Nantan of F3 Hampton Roads I was hoping we would be selected to host a GTE so that we could share our beautiful region with our F3 brothers and get under the log again. Needless to say I was thrilled when the 2022 GTE schedule was announced last year. A few months later Campbell University announced that their homecoming weekend was being held the same weekend as GTE 32. My daughter is a senior at CU and a proud Fighting Camel. This past spring our family was extremely honored to be selected as the Campbell Family of the Year which includes several events for us to attend during homecoming weekend. As such, I will not be able to participate in GTE 32. I will enjoy the time with my M and daughter while thinking about my F3 brothers as they experience Neptune's Adventure. I will be proudly watching the Facebook Live updates.

If anyone will be in Hampton Roads Thursday October 6 I will be available to get together for dinner or a refreshment.

Thank you again for making GTE 32 part of your F3 experience and welcome to F3 Hampton Roads.

Your friend,

Funny Car (Bill “Bebo” Pollard)
Nantan, F3 Hampton Roads

GTE #32 Register at F3 Hampton Roads is honored to host F3 Nation’s GTE 32. The GrowRuck Training Event will be held in VA Beach from October 7-9, 2022.

GTE #32 09/26/2022

Updated preblast with the location of the Friday evening Rally. Thanks to Average Joe for finding the venue.

Two weeks away. If you haven’t started working on the required packing list now is the time. They will check all backpacks and there will be penalties if you don’t have the required items. You can pretty much count on getting in water sometime during the ruck. There are over 40 Pax registered for GTE32.

GTE #32 Register at F3 Hampton Roads is honored to host F3 Nation’s GTE 32. The GrowRuck Training Event will be held in VA Beach from October 7-9, 2022.

Photos from GTE 32 - F3 GrowRuck Training Event, VA Beach, F3 Hampton Roads's post 07/25/2022

GTE 32 Training: Average Joe, Batman, and Funny Car along with two ruckers from Coastal VA Ruck Club rucked ten miles from Nike Park in Carrollton to Windsor Castle Park and back. The ruck started around 6:15pm on Sunday July 24. Including ruck plates, water, and other items everyone carried between 45 to 50 pounds. We encountered a storm around mile two followed by a double rainbow. We were hoping to have more Pax particapte in the ruck. The next GTE 32 training event is Sunday August 14 at the Jordan Bridge 8pm-11am. Check the events calendar on the F3 Hampton Roads website for more details. Thanks to Average Joe for setting up the GTE 32 training events.


GTE Training, First Landing Park today, Sunday June 26. Meet at back parking lot of the shopping center 2817 Shore Drive VB_corner of N. Great Neck & Shore Drive. Look up the packing list and plan accordingly. Due to the heat Plan on having minimum of 5L of water and electrolytes. We will be rucking min 8 miles with coupons. Contact Average Joe with any questions.

Photos from GTE 32 - F3 GrowRuck Training Event, VA Beach, F3 Hampton Roads's post 05/22/2022

GTE training on the Noland Trail. 5 miles in warm temps by Average Joe, LinkedIn, Nuke, and Funny Car. Check the events calendar on the F3 Hampton Roads website for monthly rucks scheduled throughout Hampton by Average Joe to get us ready for GTE 32 Neptune’s Adventure.


GTE Training: Sunday May 22, 2022 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

GTE TRAINING at The Noland Trail, 88-99 Museum Dr Newport News. This will be a “get your gear right” event. The trail is ~5 miles and we will be carrying coupons. Due to events that I have planned in the past and had zero shows from the pax, I will opening this event to the local ruck club. Reach out to me with any questions. - Average Joe

Photos from GTE 32 - F3 GrowRuck Training Event, VA Beach, F3 Hampton Roads's post 04/27/2022

2.7 mile ruck around downtown Norfolk at the Boathouse AO with Average Joe and LinkedIn, the co-chairs of GTE 32, Neptune’s Adventure. A great way to start Hump Day. - Funny Car ❤️💪🇺🇸


F3 Nation, meet your new GTE Cadre. They completed their Cadre-in-Training at this weekend after finishing Cadre Academy last December. We hope you meet these men at the many F3 Growruck events across the US. To sign-up, go to Big thank you to for making this happen.


Big news for GTE 32. We received a RHC (rock-hard commit) from Repeato and Hello Kitty on today’s COT podcast for Neptune’s Adventure.

Stuff Worth Trying podcast: episode 25: GrowRuck 03/20/2022

This episode of the Stuff Worth Trying Podcast includes Repeato talking about GrowRuck and GTE (GrowRuck Training Event). GTE 32, Neptune’s Adventure, is being held at VA Beach October 7-9.

Stuff Worth Trying podcast: episode 25: GrowRuck Repeato, F3 Nation's Q of Rucking joins the SWT crew to talk all things GrowRuck. SIGN UP!


F3 Hampton Roads is honored to host F3 Nation’s GTE 32. The GrowRuck Training Event will be held in VA Beach from October 7-9, 2022.

The F3 Hampton Roads co-chairs are Average Joe and LinkedIn.

What is a GrowRuck Training Event (GTE): GTEs are designed to help Men become HIGH IMPACT MEN by reenforcing the F3 mission of invigoration of male community leadership. During a GTE, we leave no man behind, but leave no man where we find him. In other words, we struggle together to become better men for our communities and our families, while under heavy weight! AYE!

What do we do during a GTE?

There are 4 phases to a GrowRuck Training Event:

The Rally – The Rally is the Friday night gathering that initiates the GTE.
The King Builder – The KingBuilder is the Saturday morning workout.
GrowSchool – GrowSchool (G3LT) is a Schooling session during which the four quadrants of Preparedness (Get Right, Live Right, Lead Right, Leave Right) are taught in a classroom environment by the GrowRuck Qs.
The Ruck – The Ruck is the CSAUP (Completely Stupid and Utterly Pointless) Event during which the Leadership Skills of the individual GrowRuck Participants and the Teamwork of the Class is Accelerated through Pain and Chaos.
Below is the current packing list for the event.

Required Gear (Do not be that guy that forgets)
Ruck (suggested minimum volume: 20L)
30 lb Weight (20lb Weight if pax weighs less than 150lbs)
6L of fluids, of which 3L must be water. This can be combined in a water bladder (STRONGLY recommended) and other containers.
Headlamp with red light & extra batteries
Reflective bands on Ruck
Carabiner suitable for climbing
Photo ID
$20 Cash
Face covering that will cover mouth and nose (e.g., mask, gaiter, etc.) Bring something that will last the duration of the event.
Work Gloves
Optional Gear
Dry Bag
First Aid/Blister Kit
Extra Socks
Extra Shirt
Toilet Paper
Disinfecting wipes
Hand Sanitizer/Baby Wipes
Duct Tape
Prohibited Equipment
Other Electronic devices
How do I register? (Link coming soon)

The estimated cost to participate in the full weekend is $175. This includes GrowSchool Leadership Training, which covers the costs related to the ruck event, a T-Shirt, and sweet patches.

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