#NeverForget – 18 years later

#NeverForget – 18 years later

Workout Date:





Flop, Valvano, Franklin, Headgear, Hoser, Borat (FNG P. Moskov), Hamburglar, Boxcar, Lombardi, OneCall (QIC), and Flash on his own running stairs while Weedeater did the IronPax Challenge

The Thang:

A bit humid but mid-70’s

9/11 holds a tremendous impact for many of us.  I have been fortunate enough to Q somewhere each year and always share my thoughts in general and then some specifics on what was done.  In leading up to this year, since 9/11 fell on a Wednesday – our #WaveRucker day – I got the idea to do 110 flights of stairs – which I had seen done over the years at various places, but we had not.  With our elevation training going on for months now, we had some good locations.  Talking with Valvano, we decided to use the bleachers at Doug Shaw Stadium and thanks to his huge brain along with my calculator we figured out the math.  14 steps per flight.  3 flights per row.  4 rows per round.  8 rounds got us the required distance.  I arrived early to set up the marker board to keep track, and to post 3 things at each row:

1. A quote:

“I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.” ― George W. Bush

2. A timeline/fact sheet about 9/11/01:

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States.  Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center (110-story skyscraper) in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.  Often referred to simply as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush.  A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC, and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. This included 400 police officers and firefighters.  Specifically:
– 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were intentionally crashed into the north and south towers or as a result of the crashes.
– 343 were New York City firefighters, another 23 were New York City police officers and 37 others were officers at the Port Authority.
– The victims ranged in age from two to 85 years. Approximately 75-80% of the victims were men.
– At the Pentagon in Washington, 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
– Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died when the plane crashed into a field.

– 8:46 am ET – American Airlines Flight 11 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
– 9:03 am ET – United Airlines Flight 175 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
– 9:37 am ET – American Airlines Flight 77 (traveling from Dulles, Virginia to Los Angeles) strikes the Pentagon Building in Washington.
– 9:59 am ET – South tower of WTC collapses in approximately 10 seconds.
– 10:03 am ET – United Airlines Flight 93 (traveling from Newark, New Jersey to San Francisco) crashes in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
– 10:28 am ET – North tower of WTC collapses. The time between the first attack and the collapse of both World Trade Center towers is 102 minutes



3. A list of the names of the 2,977 people who gave everything that day – Very sombering – 37 pages, double columns, legal sized paper



10 men showed up.  Our regulars of course.  Hoser in his full fire department gear and adding in a 30 lb hose for good measure.  As requested by YHC, he also brought his 50lb training vest for men to share.  If you got a chance with that weight you know how it felt.  Franklin came in late, and got a strong taste of rucking.  Our FNG Borat is a GORUCK regular and another firefighter and it was great to see him!  Later on Flash and Weedeater showed – Weedeater to do the IronPAX challenge with Flash there for accountability and he ran 110 flights of stairs.

We started with the Disclaimer of course and some special thoughts/reflections from some of the PAX.  I explained the plan and the reading material posted.  We had a silent moment of reflection.  We prayed.  We gave thanks to first responders, military personnel, all of those impacted personally by 9/11.  We prayed for them and their families.  We gave thanks that we are free to gather like we do each morning because of these very men and women who are willing to sacrifice to give us that privilege.

The plan was to ruck the stairs.  YHC had no idea how long it would take.  Turns out, about 36-40 minutes.  Everyone pushed hard.  The 6 was assisted and/or rucked next to/behind.  It was very humbling to push through this non-stop and reflect and think about 9/11.  I know that 9/11 affected many of us profoundly.  Terrorism was brought front and center to our great country.  2,977 men, women, and children lost their lives.  Any of us old enough know exactly where we were and what we were doing when the first Twin Tower was struck 18 years ago.  As Borat pointed out after the workout, most this year’s graduating HS classes were not yet born when this happened.  Wow.  Last night I texted an image to my M and 2 of my 2.0’s (16 and 13).  Didn’t even realize they had no idea why the day was so important.  Tonight at the dinner table will be a good time to educate them.  Hamburglar had an excellent point about remembering the before and after of that date.  Many of us had family, friends, loved ones, directly and indirectly affected by this tragic event.  Many of us had family, friends, loved ones that enlisted after this event.  YHC is originally from NY.  I have many friends and family with the NYPD and FDNY, and still others that worked in and around downtown NYC.  Calling, emailing, trying to find out what happened, who was there, who had been hurt or killed, the unknown minutes and hours that went by as we waited and waited.  Getting only news reports but no specifics.  It was brutal.  It is something YHC will definitely #NeverForget.  One reason this day stands out to me is the unity that was shown by all.  Unfortunately, people forget things too quickly.  They let society’s nonsense impact their ability to even think for themselves and forget to be thankful for all this country offers.  Too many people get hung up over nonsense and fight and argue over things that do not matter.  But 9/11/01 matters.  What happened to our borders and citizens matters.  So, I humbly take this Q each year and lead a workout.  I only hope that the next generation eventually wakes up and the tag #NeverForget never loses its meaning and importance.

After the stairs were done, we actually had plenty of time left (about 20 minutes).  So we went to the field and joined the other groups that were paying to work out.  We bearcrawled with our rucks 102 yards for the 102 minutes.  We went to pick up the 6 and lungewalked alongside.

We sprinted 110 yards AYG!!  Then did 18 LBC’s to rest.
We did it again since there were 2 towers.  This time the rest was a 60 yard backward run to our rucks.
We circled up.  We did an OH ruck hold for 102 seconds.  We rested.  We did it again.
We rucked up and did 22 single count merkins to remember those veterans that commit suicide each day – #22Kills

We cheered Weedeater on in his IronPAX challenge.  Everyone was thoroughly smoked.

We of course did our  COT
Count-O-Rama – 10 ruckers, with 1 FNG, and then 2 more doing other work
Name-O-Rama – FNG from Bulgaria and named Borat
Prayer request – All those affected by 9/11
Prayer request – America and its leaders
Prayer requests upspoken

It is all pretty much said above.  Thank you men for coming out and doing the harder thing.  Thank you for your leadership, friendship, accountability, and guidance.  Men, without you, without F3, many of our workouts are probably impossible.  With each of us there together, pushing each other, we can do the hard thing.  We can punish our bodies as a small token to those that lost so much more or were punished in so much more of a dramatic way.  Thank you


  • 4 year convergence Saturday at Blackbeard.  All other AO’s closed  Be there!
  • #ElevationMonday officially kicks off Monday at Doug Shaw Stadium – 0500-0600.  Wanna know more?  Click here
  • ShieldLock Challenge coming starting Monday the 16th as well!!  Official rules coming soon!
  • Ruck or Run the mini-marathon in MB!!!  Sunday, October 20


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