Swamp Rabbit Conquers the Leatherneck- USMC Mud Run

  • Workout Date - 04/11/2015
  • Q In Charge - Mab Mab
  • The PAX - Earthmover, Oui Oui, Will Cocharan (FNG), Phil Buchanan (FNG), Seal, Hook & Ladder, Brown Shorts, Wahoo, Rainbow Dash, Training Wheels, Wally, iTunes, Spongebob, Soup, Amoeba, Gristle, Inspector Gadget, Blue Hawaii, No Strings Attached, Mab Mab (YHC)
  • AO -

Today 20 PAX (including 2 FNGs) embarked on a journey to Columbia to conquer the Leatherneck. Here’s a little description of how the day went.

Rise and shine and meet at Jeff Lynch on Roper Mountain Rd. at 4:50 am. (all except for Anderson boys who left from Williamston, and Blue Hawaii & No Strings who came down Friday night). We loaded up and condensed into 4 cars and hit the road. We arrived at 6:30 am at the Chick-fil-A on the west side of Columbia for a little Coffeteria and to meet up w/ Earthmover’s FNGs Phil & Will. The conversation was energetic as the PAX shared their excitement for the battle ahead.

We arrive at The Leatherneck at 7:15 am…(However, Blue Hawaii and NSA arrived at 6:50 am to get mentally prepared and to get the absolute best parking spot!) All the teams got registered and we gathered around the F3 Tent and had some great time practicing the 2nd F. It’s always great to meet up with PAX from other regions. Though we don’t know everyone, something about the fact we are wearing a F3 shirt tells us a lot of about the man wearing it. There is the common denominator that we all share. The language is the same (even w/ a little different dialect per region).We are all 3rd, and we are all there w/ the same mission: To plant, grow and serve small workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership.
This mission is really highlighted at the F3 Superbowl, and if you haven’t had the honor of going down for this Mud Run, it is highly encouraged. Just ask any PAX who has attended one.

Around 8 am we all gather around the Shovel Flags and get an encouraging and emotional word from heroes at Operation Enduring Warrior. Then Chaser led us in a goosebump giving Ball of Man. The highlights of this need to be echoed across all AOs-
*we are privileged to live in a country where we can pray publically w/out persecution
*we are privileged to have bodies that work as they do, it’s for a season let’s make most of it
*we should thank God for the men and women who serve our country daily to help secure those freedoms.
*we should thank those men and women for their service and sacrifice
*God has put a call on us as men in F3 and we should continue to respond

The start times range from about 8:30 am – 9 am.
Here were our teams:
The Mud Mafia: Spongebob, Soup, Amoeba, Gristle
The Swamp Donkeys: Inspector Gadget, Blue Hawaii, No String Attached, Mab Mab (YHC)
Brothers from Another Mudda: Earthmover, Oui Oui, Will, Phil
How I Met Your Mudda: Training Wheels, Rainbow Dash, Wally, iTunes
Techno Vikings: Seal, Brown Shorts, Wahoo, Hook & Ladder

At our respective times we each busted out of the games and the fight was on.

All teams not only survived the Leatherneck, but they truely conquered it. Each PAX walked away w/ no serious injury, and we thank God again for His protection over each of us. A safe journey there and back was had as well.

Post race there was a beer boat and the 2nd F lasted for another 1.5 hours. A group of us decided to head over to Rush’s for a little grease reward as well. So bad, yet so good. Fellowship was great!

It was an amazing day and YHC was honored to race alongside such a great group of men, and all the F3 Brothers there. There is a reason they call it the F3 Superbowl.

Until the next time, may God’s blessing be on you. See you in the gloom.

Mab Mab

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