Blackbeard Challenge

  • Saturday, May 28, 2022
  • 0600-0800
  • 36.12278° N, 79.83451° W
  • 58 °F, 94% humidity
  • Playlist

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Phoenix, Pierogi, Byrider, 50cc, Weed, Matlock, Akron, Butt Fumble, Test Tube, Puddles, TPS, Philly Special, Kilowatt, Tommy Boy


Tommy Boy

Plenty to get through so YHC is going to cut to the meat & potatoes…

This was Natville’s 6th annual Blackbeard Challenge and it didn’t disappoint.

Hard start @ 0600 with Metallica’s rendition of “Star Spangled Banner” followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ruck Up & Buckle Up (including 500lbs. of Sandbags). Good times! Off to the Lewis Rec Center Playground for:

The Motivator

5 Exercises, 3 Rounds

  • Merkins x 10
  • Overhead Press x 10
  • Ruck Swing x 10
  • High Pull x 10
  • Ruck Sit-up x 10

Before advancing, we added a 200lb Team Weight to the mix and then ventured onward into the Forest Lawn Cemetery with the next stop being the War Memorial. Kilowatt shared “In Flander’s Fields” with the Pax while Byrider and Pierogi laid a flag at the Memorial.

Back through the cemetery, over the access gate (shh… don’t tell), and assemble at the top of the Slope of No Hope for the:

Hero WOD

2 Exercises, 20 Rounds

  • Dizzy McDouche x 4
  • Ruck Squats x 5
  • Overhead Carry Uphill or Downhill, Rinse & Repeat

Significance: SSG Matthew Pucino was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) of the Maryland Army National Guard

Regroup at the base of the Slope of No Hope for the Slick portion of the morning. A mouthful of water carried at pace for .75 miles to the Country Park War Memorial. Butt Fumble shared a letter to F3 Greensboro from Al Pacino, SSG Matthew Pucino’s dad.

Good morning men of F3,

On behalf of the entire Pucino family and the SSG Matthew A Pucino Memorial Foundation I wish to express a heartfelt thank you for your support and dedication to the Blackbeard Challenge.  When Matthew was killed I was not sure how our family would survive the tragedy.  He was our hero and now he is gone.  

Fortunately, God had a plan for Matthew and his legacy.  The creation of the SSG Matthew A Pucino Memorial Foundation has allowed the family to continue to move forward through the inspiration from individuals and groups such as F3.  I believe the selflessness which Matthew displayed during his life has now become his legacy.  That same selflessness now shines forth in the Pucino family and Matthew’s Foundation as we strive to assist our wounded veterans and their families.

The honor and respect given to Matthew and his legacy by the men of F3 has become the cornerstone of Matthew’ Foundation.  We cannot do this alone.  Thank you for standing with us.  You are our heroes.  Stay safe and never give up.

God Bless,

Al Pucino, Matt’s Dad

Pax was given 5 minutes to reflect in the Memorial Garden surrounded by quotes & imagery spanning various war campaigns. #powerful #somber

Another slick ruck @ mosey pace back to the Slope of No Hope to collect our Sandbags and Coupon before heading to the Endex.

(Cut for time):

The Great Divide – KIA November 23, 2009

    • 11 x Turkish Get-ups
    • Crawl Bear uphill w/ Ruck
    • 23 x Burpees
    • Crab Walk downhill w Ruck
    • 9 x Halo Rev. Lunge

Endex – Pax was presented with the completion patches, courtesy of the Matthew A. Pucino Foundation and we ended with an ice-cold PBR & a #PhotoOp to kick off an #AllAmericanDay

Grace & Peace,

Tommy Boy