E ala ‘oe!! e holo ana nā kānaka
Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the liberation of German-occupied France (and later western Europe) from Nazi control, and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front. As our brave men stormed the well entrenched German forces they had no choice but to advance from the water line and sprint up the 5 beach fronts (Gold, Sword, Utah, Omaha, Juno) against heavy fire, land mines, and obstacles all while wearing everything they needed for the coming months. Before the battle ended: casualties were at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead.
We at F3 put in hard work every morning for 45 mins to an hour. But all of that pales in comparison to what our Greatest Generation did before us on the beaches of Normandy to end the spread of a tyrannical dictatorship and allow freedoms that would have otherwise been lost. Today’s Spartan Beatdown was a memorial to those brave men that ran the beaches and never quit.
Thank you Horse Head for taking us out today
The Thang: Ole’ Glory (Spartan Style)
9 Pax arrived this morning for their daily dose of the DRP. Knowing today was going to be a grinder YHC brought bottle water and offered each pax member one to carry with us. Most took me up on the offer and others later wished they had.
With the Spartan Shovel flag in hand we started on a 1 mile warm-up run to the launch point of our 5 beaches assault.
Right out of School parking lot
Right down E Charles
Stopping at Cresdale Rd.
Quickly explain the workout and the goal was to complete it 5 times in memory or those that fought and died on the 5 beaches in Normandy on June 6th.
1/2 mile AYG sprint up the road (beach) to Matthews Mint Hill rd
(Optional 30 LBCs at the end)
1/2 mile Recovery back to launch point
(Optional 30 Merkins at the end)
Rinse and Repeat 4 more times.
Time called at 6:05
With Shovel Flag standing tall: 9 exhausted pax pledge allegiance
I pledge Allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one nation under God, indivisible,
with Liberty and Justice for all.
Flag in hand to lead the way with a 1 mile run to go, we head back to the AO.
~5.75 to 6.75 miles with up to 150 LBCs and 150 Merkins for a Spartan style Ole’ Glory WIB.
No Moleskin today. Just thank a Vet for his/her service allowing you to read this in a free country.
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