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Do they even have Library’s in South Carolina?

14 Men posted this warm February morning for Kevlar.  While the campus there is big, for some reason this workout never ventures far from the launch.  Time to go exploring today.

Disclaimer stating that I am not a professional and that this workout has been adapted from the Olympic Curler’s Fitness manual.  Off we go towards downtown Matthews.

Avoid the ladies heading out of the Burn Bootcamp class in their cars at 5:35 AM and circle up at the Presbyterian Church Parking Lot for COP:  SSH, Lunges, Merkins, Mountain Climbers, Shoulder Taps, & Plank Jacks.

Mosey down to the railing by the Animal Hospital and grab some rail.

15 Supine pull-ups, 15 Derkins, 15 Supines, 15 Hip Slappers each leg, 15 Supines, 15 Derkins.

Dodge downtown Matthews traffic and head over to the Library.  At Courtyard grab some wall.

15 “Little Haze” Step Ups each leg, 15 dips.  3 rounds.

Partner up.  P1 Runs around Courtyard, P2 runs around Library, Meet up for 10 hand-slap merkins.  Flap jack routes.  Repeat for 4 total rounds (2 each direction).

Back to courtyard wall.

15 Split Leg Squats, each leg, 15 Derkins.  3 rounds.

Head back home with a stop off at the Animal Hospital for some more Supine’s and some Flutters.

Back to the launch point, on the way I tossed out an offer for Balls to the Wall on the Ladies Bootcamp, but no takers. A few sprints down the fire lane to kill some time at the end and back to launch and circle up.  I think I ended 30 seconds early, feel free to knock out a half dozen burpees today to make up for it.

Some planks and Mary along the route while we waiting for the 6.



A solid group of men this morning, some original Kevlar guys, some new Kevlar guys, some Kotter’s, a nearly 40 year age range, we had it all and everyone put in the work.  A little grumbling about the running but we only ended up a little over 2.5 miles, expanded the AO, dodged traffic, learned from Busch that there is no library at Clemson and he’s not sure there is even one in the state of SC.  High Tide confirmed there is also none in Alabama either.  They only read 2 things in Alabama: Nick Saban’s Playbook and the Bible.  I didn’t ask him to prioritize which one was first.

All the guys were hustling this morning so though to call out anyone.  It’s safe to say the sprints were led in age order – youngest to oldest.

Thanks to Busch for the takeout.


Announcements:  Brolympics next weekend and Run Jen Run the first Saturday in March.


McAlpine Elementary School has gone down hill since we left

11 Men posted at Rock Zero this morning braving a forecast that was guaranteed to be somewhere between perfectly dry and a monsoon.  But the 52 degrees was a nice change from the bitter cold so the light steady rain wasn’t much of a factor.

Gave a disclaimer before we launched, all confirmed I was not a professional, then we twiddled our thumbs while Run Stopper casually got out of his car, full gun show on display.  He likes to make an entrance.

Mosey around the lot and over to the Hot Box for short warmup.

Derkins, Step Ups, and Imperial Walkers (crowd favorite).  Original option could have been to stay in hot box for the full workout and avoid the rain, but that sounded terrible.

So off we went heading West on 51.

Stop before the first intersection and do some lunge walks so the 6 could catch up.  Hoover kept the running pretty close, even with the Ruck on.  Do some reverse lunch walks down the street to the school, again waiting on the 6.

Head back to the rear of the school for some pull-ups to find the place littered with Purple Haze’s coats and jackets.  Seriously like 50 of them over every railing and fence.  And also the pull up bars were gone.  Completely.  With grass where Philmont and his son once completed an Eagle Scout project.  Bummer.  Head back to the basketball courts for instructions.

Run loop around field.  Corner 1 – 10 jump squats,  Corner 2, 10 jump squats & 10 merkins, Corner 3 –  10 jump squats & 10 merkins & 10 step ups on the wall, back at basketball court – 10 jump squats & 10 merkins & 10 more jump squats, & 10 burpees.

Repeat the whole thing with 20x of each exercise.  Also throw in lots of complaining and refusniking.  Back at the basketball court provided “encouragement” to let folks know that standing around was not an acceptable modification from the called 20 burpees and maybe try some Mary.

Over to the base of the hill at Carswell and Bevington.  Run up the hill, 10x Romanian Dead Lifts each leg (by request), and 10x 8-count body-builder’s at the bottom.  Complete 3 rounds.

Run out Bevington, Left on Rea and Left back into Cavalry with stops along the way for some Mary and to let the 6 catch up.

A few extra minutes for some lifting rock work.  15x bent over rows, good mornings, curls, and triceps.  2 rounds.

Mosey back to launch.  End.


It’s important to remember your roots, so the occasional trip back to Day Zero is needed.  Man has the place gone down hill.  The even remove the monkey bar dome thing for the kids.  Haze and Radar would be disappointed at the state of affairs over there.

Strong work by all the guys.  2 Respects in Big League Chew and Marlin were hustling.  BLC was apparently trying to use this workout as a detox from a trip to Vegas.  You might need more than one workout for that!  Boerwors and Hammer had to peel off from the PAX at McAlpine for Hammer’s twisted ankle.  Strava still has them at ~4 miles so they must have made it back and did some work.  They did join us for the rock sets at the end.  Hoover was reminiscing about the days when he was 80 lbs heavier so he kept the ruck on with the blue tooth speaker blasting the toons the whole time.  Flipper was feeling the pain from too much fartsacking and a fast pace run yesterday.  He hung back to keep the Rucker company.  Or maybe it was the other way around.  This was my 3rd workout this week with both Rachel and Purell in attendance.  And in case there was any question I was behind them for the 3rd time this week.  Gummy had lots to say.  Mostly trying to disrupt the Q, to no avail.  Now he will likely review this backblast for all of my grammar and punctuation mistakes.  Hopefully it’s chock full of them.  The rock set was an audible with the time left, but I couldn’t let Run Stopper where the sleeveless shirt and not get some bicep work in.

Most of the crew made it to Starbucks for 2nd F.  Including M Runstopper.

Thanks to Flipper for the takeout.


The Tale of Two Weinke’s

Anvil is a great AO and group of guys.  It’s also on Wednesday which is my usual off day.  Hard to get the body out of routine sometimes to do it.  After sign up geniusing my way to a Q in 2 week, Chelms pings me looking for a trade for this week.  Done.

Forecast last night had rain starting right around launch time so needed to be prepared with a wet weinke and a dry weinke.  (I’ll let you come up with your own 8th grade sense of humor joke on that)

5:30 launch and it was dry.  Brief disclaimer to a light crowd of 9 men who gambled on the weather and won (sort of).

Mosey off to front parking lot with about 75 yards of backwards run thrown in.

Head over to Life Center entrance for COP:

Low Slow Squats, Imperial Walkers, Merkins, elbowing planks and plank jacks.  Warm.

The Thang:

Head over to rock pile.  Pick a lifting rock you are willing to carry, a little way.

Head around front of church and back to picnic tables by cars.

Round 1:  20 overhead press, 20 curls, 20 step ups with rock.  Repeat 3x

Run to end of cars, 10 burpees, run back.


Round 2:  20 Flutter Press, 20 lying down lat pulls, 20 Romanian Dead Lifts.  Repeat 3x

Run to end of cars, 10 burpees, run back.


Bring rocks to street and leave them.  Head to base of North Face.  10x jump squats, up North Face 10x Sister Mary Catherine (each side), back to benches for 10x split squat each leg and 10 jerkins.  Hairburner rock 15 yards and back, lunch walk with rock 15 yards and back.  Repeat circuit 2x on your own.

Staggered Arm Merkins while the 6 comes in.

Carry rocks back, some wall sits on the return home, then AYG from Life Center to launch point with last 60 seconds.



So other than a few minutes in the last 3rd of the workout, the rain held off.  But it came in time to pull back from an extra round of North Face.  I heard no complaints.

I have never tried use rocks as hairburners so I figured why not today.  All the guys lined up with me to start.  Next thing I know they are all standing around looking at me and looking at the 15 yard scratch I left in the pavement.  Glad you guys are with me!  Not wanting to cause any significant marking of the AO parking lot, we audibled to the lunges.  If the rain doesn’t wash things away we have a solid start/finish line for the next few weeks.

Purell and Rachel continued the race out front that they started on Monday at The Matrix.  Hard to slow those guys down.  Mermaid, Lorax, and Brilleaux were close behind as well.  Hammer and Uncle Phil kept a strong steady pace, and The Wall kept it close.  A very strong effort considering he was coming back from extended absence.  Very glad to have you medically cleared and ready to post again brother.  Next time drag Haze out with you.

Appreciate the takeout from Mermaid.


  • Madison is organizing a CPR certification class for Saturday 2/17.  If you are in town, its strong encouraged you attend for your first time or a refresher!
  • Run Jen Run is coming up and is a local Speed for Need race.  Sign up!
  • Brolympics sign ups are under way.  Time to step up and test your strength, endurance, and speed against the rest of the PAX


The launch of the 3-headed dog

Official launch day at Cerberus.  I was planning the Q around a big crowd and a big crowd came.  41 men posted which was quite a bit in 23 degrees, but I figure a bunch of guys missed on on Wednesday and Thursday workouts and had some downpainment to make up.

All right – official disclaimer mentioned something about black ice, white ice, and various shades in between.  Off we went.  Circle up around Whole Foods for some quick COP.

IW, Mt. Climbers, Merkins and Lunges.

Mosey around the credit union an grab some railing.

Supine pull-ups on railing IC.  Followed by Derkins, with feet on railing IC.


Apparently this is the shady side of the plaza and there was still plenty of snow.  If your gloves sucked, you weren’t too happy with me right now.

Mosey back to the parking deck.  Because, well, it’s a parking deck so we have to use it.

Run to the top.  Backwards up the ramps, forwards on the flats.  At the end of each ramp do 10 Jump Squats.  At the end of each flat do 10-hip slappers each side.  Peoples chair while we wait on the six.

Mosey to stairwell 2.  Break up in each direction.  Run down each stairwell, 10 8-Count Body Builders at the bottom.  Back up and do 10 Romanian Dead-lifts (each leg) at the top. Hit all 3 stairwells and meet back at the middle.  Some People’s chair with air-presses while we wait on the six.

Mosey back down the deck.  On the bottom ramp pick a parking lot line and plank up for a merkin ladder.  10 merkins civilian count.  Plank walk left one spot.  9 merkins.  Plank walk right one spot, 8 merkins.  Repeat to 1 merkin.

Repeat run to top with backwards up ramp, straight on flats and 10 jump squats after each ramp.  Skip the hip slappers.  People’s chair waiting for the six.

Down the steps an to the turf field.  Snowed over so circle around for some Mary.

Freddy Mercury, LBC’s with leg lifts, Dolly, and Flutter.

Head to launch and done.


Always a fun challenge to manage a large group and today was no different.  Tried my best to keep things moving while keeping the leaders and the 6 all together.  I was surprised by the amount of snow still left on that upper tier of the parking deck.  Good excuse to limit the planking and burn up the quads with some wall sits.

I am thankful for the leadership in all the local regions for pulling this together and for Transporter and Argonaut pulling me in to help get this thing going.  Tons of potential and easy to get to for a lot of guys.  If you haven’t been out there yet, give it a try.  And if things continue this way, we will likely have a few other days out at that AO and use it heavily like The Vine and South Charlotte Middle.

Announcements:  The Brave moving locations to Brazwell’s to change the AO a bit.  That either means they need a mile warm-up to get back to The Vine or they want to spend more time on Murderhorn.

New workout in Waxhaw starting Feb 1.

Thanks to Snowflake for the takeout.



Sleep is overrated

11 PAX posted at Fast Twitch after most stayed up well past there bedtime to watch the CFP Championship game.  Lots of work was done on very little sleep.

Prior to the workout, an unnamed PAX asked if we were just going to run or would there be some actual boot camp and maybe a bit of core work.  Being just as guilty as anyone in the “run more, less core” Q style, I decided it was time to oblige.  (while still getting the miles you have come to expect at FT.)

The Thang:

Run down Strawberry and wind our way to the good ole’ Coburn Half Pipe.  A few stops on the way for Imperial Walkers, Squats, and SSH’s.  Plank up for instructions a the base of the half pipe.

Partner up with someone who is prettier than you.  (I know, not many options).  P1 that direction up the hill to the stop sign, 1 Burpee.  P2 runs this direction up the hill to the stop sign, 1 Burpee.  Return to the middle for 10 partner handslap merkins.  Flapjack direction and continue on with the 11’s until 10 Burpees and one hand slap merkin.  Purell and Rachel were flying and qualified themselves for the bonus round of 11 burpees and 0 merkins.  Turkey Leg and Bout Time were close behind and did the extra run, just not sure about the extra burpees.

Everyone did some flutters, LBC’s, Freddy Mercury, and Glute Bridges while we waiting for all to finish.  And then we had over 20 minutes to kill.  This didn’t take as long as I expected.  Time for the long road home out Coburn past Bevington.  At Cary Ridge head out to 51 AYG while stopping at each side street for 5 merkins.  2 side streets in one intersection was 10 merkins.  Plank for 6.

Mosey to Davie Park.  Off Road cross country style down the slope to the main road in Davie park by the gates.  All you got down the big hill, round the cut-de-sac and back to gate.  Cul-de-sac turned out to be just below freezing and a little slick from last evenings rain.  Glad no one bit it.

Head back to launch with some AYG once we left the park up to the light on Strawberry.  Out of time and out of ideas so head back to cars.


Was great to have Bout Time back with us after spending the last month in the hospital with his son, Jennings.  Let me be the first to say, if he has remained any where close to as emotionally strong through this as he has physically strong, then I am in awe.  He was flying out there.  And with him there, I’m pretty sure none of us could complain about not getting enough sleep with two new borns in the house!  Glad to have you out brother.

Cobains to Benny for having him do partner work solo.  I thought everyone had a partner, too dark to see.  Either way he did fine and the marathon training continues to treat him well.  Less aches and pains when you are only 25 years old.

Utah and Fault Line partnered up to crush the course, realizing they were at a disadvantage on the burpees.  Long arms might help to get stuff off the top shelf, grab rebounds, and block kicks, but they slow down the burpee pace.  Last I saw Hops and Haze they were warming up together at Joe Davis and still partnered up this AM.  It was cute, they never really separated.  Glad to have Hops back out at FT.  I know you hate the running, but it’s good for you.  And thanks to Astro for being my partner.  Was easy to spot the signature big pom pom on the top of the toboggan in the shadows.

Thanks to Hops for the take out along with prayers for Jennings and the Palmer family.


Charlotte Marathon Relay and SPEED FOR NEED

On November 11, Four primary teams pushing three chariots and countless support PAX ran the Charlotte Marathon Relay.  Each leg was 4.2 to 6.2 miles and together covered the entire course.

Strong effort was put in by Tolkien and a crew to identify 14 kids with special needs to join us on the journey.  At each leg riders and runners were transitioned out (Except for Owen who got to double down on two legs!)

Team Fast Twitch:  Pop Tart, Gummy, Turkey Leg, Rachel, Rock Thrill, Tootie, Mermaid, Utah, Mr. Brady & Alf.  Riders:  JJ, Devon, Luke, Amelia, and Lucas.

Team Swift:  Nard Dog, Bratwurst, Depth Charge, Citgo, & Thin Mint.  Riders:  Jayson, Georgia, Kinzey, Sophie and Ava.

Team Metro:  Subway, 20/20, Gitmo, Nash, & Scabby.  Riders:  Ray-Ray, Andrew, Owen, Myles.


I was nervous heading into race day.  The forecast a week out showed reasonably warm temps but as we got closer to race day it settled in to be low to mid 30 degrees for the entire race.  I was worried that parents would hesitate and pull out of the race, but not a single one did.  And 14 kids bundled up and smiled the entire race.  Along the way we got nothing but huge cheers from the crowd.  The kind of cheering I would expect to be normally reserved for those guys leading the marathon but, I don’t ever plan on being that close to the lead to hear it!

I also need to give a huge shout out to the parents of each of these kids.  They were all awesome to be around.  Such a positive and excited group of mom’s and dad’s who work so hard every day and night to raise these boys and girls.  Not to mention the mom of Jayson, Ray-Ray and JJ who is raising THREE awesome boys who started the race on leg one in 3 chariots side by side.

My M and 2.0’s came to the finish line with cheering signs for Lucas.  Randomly out of the crowd his mom comes up right beside my M and asks if we had seen the Chariot come through yet.  My 2.0’s turned to show her the signs with Lucas’s name on them and asked if that is who she meant.  Not only did they all get to see us arrive 10 minutes later, but Lucas’s sister was able to take the custom “Go Lucas” signs home with them.

T-Claps to Tolkien, Scabby and so many who came together to pull this off.  Logistics weren’t easy but so many played a part to make this a huge success and the biggest SPEED FOR NEED day yet in terms of ridership and kids and families impacted.  Not to mention the very fortunate honor it was for 20 PAX to push these kids.

Watch the video here:

Certainly there are plenty of other perspectives to share on the day.  Comment below!


Track Day!

So I rolled in right before the buzzer at about 5:14:30 this AM.  While I was on two wheels coming into the lot I realized Run for Your Life was not done at SCMS for the season, they just took last week off.  Darnit.  I now had 30 seconds to throw out a disclaimer and come up with an alternative plan.  It’s been a long time since we have done track work, which everyone is happy about, including me.  The track is like brussel sprouts, no one likes it but it’s good for you.  So now we have to find an alternative location for intervals.

The Brilliance:

5:15 and time to go so we start to mosey.  Haze mentions something about my workouts and sketchy parts.  I stop just short of a retort on said sketchy parts and headed on our way.  Mosey to Rounding Run and to the lower end of the loop.

20x Imperial Walkers in Cadence to stretch the hammy’s and check off the “Bootcamp” part of this Running/Bootcamp workout.


Run Clockwise on Rounding Run to intersection at “Hot” speed.  Much less technical term than Bratwurst uses, but we weren’t able to do the higher math at 5:15 to really do anything else.  Hot was defined as 5K pace-ish.  Once at the intersection, slow recovery mosey back to the lower end.

Repeat running counter clockwise.

Repeat running clockwise one full loop then half loop mosey back to intersection.

Repeat running counter clockwise one full loop then mosey back to lower end.

Repeat running clockwise one full loop, tag up at the speed hump and reverse course back over the hills for half a loop.  Mosey back to lower end.

Leaders circled back for the six most times or did plank work, or just stood there with hands on hips.

When done mosey back to campus.  2 minutes left but we already covered well over 6 miles with 3+ at HOT pace.  Time for stretching OYO until time called.  You’re welcome.  I let you out with only a 58 minute workout.


Lots of hard running going on out there.  Purell was up front smoking the laps all morning.  Rachel, Bout Time, and Lorax were close behind.  Astro was an FNG just a few weeks ago and is keeping a strong pace.  He’s got the swish-swish sound coming up behind you with that windbreaker on.  Gives you flashbacks of Fraiser cruising right by you.  Good to see Laronda, future M.D. back out in the gloom.  He’s been busy learning the doctor business.  I suggest you make an appointment for your ailments with him today, he’ll charge much less now than after he actually goes to medical school.  #HighDeductible.  Mr. Brady’s posts seem to increase based on how injured he is.  Time to rest up that Achilles.  Utah and Mermaid provided some company to him and made sure we just didn’t leave him for dead on the 16th fairway there. Prohibition almost wiped out on dead smooth pavement.  He claimed there was a hole or bump.  I’m just happy a liquor salesman can stay upright for the full hour and not pass out drunk, so one little mishap isn’t too bad.  Hairball rejoined us for the 2nd time maybe since having baby #2 5 months ago.  He only posted because I promised no Bootcamp.  Pretty sure he refusniked even the 30 seconds of plank work.  Fault Line ran in a full hoody all morning.  Pretty sure I would have dropped dead of heat exhaustion in that.  Cabin Boy had no quit in him and was giving it his all through the last interval.  Benny finished his 4th Fast Twitch in a row accident free but it was a bit dicey with some shoes touching with Prohibition or Haze as we finished up a lap.

Thanks to site Chaplain ‘Haze for the takeout.

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Soggy Track Work

Today Horsehead turned 40.  He didn’t do 4o burpees.  Didn’t even really seem to entertain the idea for a second when it was mentioned before COT.

So this was my first Q at Base Camp.  Always a good steady group of guys out there and this morning was no different.  5:30 Disclaimer was followed by a short mosey around the parking lot and circle of for COP.

SSH x 15 IC

IW x 15 IC

Alternating Lunges x 15 IC

Romanian Dead Lifts x 10 each leg OYO.  This was for Geraldo, because these are so much more fun with a ruck on.  Plus I like doing them.

Merkins x 10 IC

Plank Jack x 10 IC

The Thang:up

Mosey down to track.  No moon, no stars, heavy fog, extra dark and wet track.  Perfect.

Lunge walk 50m and mosey to the corner.  10 Jump Squats.  Run to next corner, 10 CDD, Run to next corner, 10 Heels to Heaven, Run to next corner, 10 Merkins, run back to start.  LBC’s while we wait on the six.

Repeat track loop with 15x each exercise.  Then 20x and then 25x for the last round.  Did Flutter’s, Freddy Mercury, and other assorted Mary while waiting for the six after each loop.

Lunge walk 50m and run back up to Semi-Gloss’s office.

People’s chair with 30x Air Presses IC.  10 Donkey Kicks.  Repeat

Mosey down to baseball bleachers.  3 rounds of 10x step ups each leg, 10 dips, 10 supine pull-ups.

Head back to the office for another round of People’s chair with 30x air presses IC.’

Circle up in the lot for Dolly, Old School Sit Ups and a 10 Burpee closer.



A great way to start off a Monday morning.  Hammer strolled up on COP 5 minutes late.  Good thing we didn’t go far!  Chin Music read the weather forecast for this past Saturday morning and dressed for sub-30 degree weather.  He was still fast out there.  Abba was hauling around the track leading on every lap.  Geraldo kept a nice steady pace with the ruck even after hitting the Ruck half marathon just 2 days ago.  I believe it was Windex who had to drop some weight 30 minutes into the workout.  Maybe it was the People’s Chair that got things moving.

Thanks to Goonie and Drano for leading a solid AO and allowing me the opportunity to Q.

Thanks to Insomniac for the solid takeout.



Joe Davis Run signups – See preblast

Area 51 Christmas Party – Seaboard in Downtown Matthews on Friday 12/8.  Sign up via pre-blast.





Charlotte Marathon Relay – SPEED FOR NEED – FINAL PREBLAST


This weekend is it.  Charlotte Marathon Relay with SPEED FOR NEED.  Tolkien has been putting in extra hours (is that even possible?) getting 20 riders and runners ready to go.  The weather is clear but a bit chilly.

We encourage all co-running, co-pushing and cheering on the course for any and all legs.  There will be four chariots and teams at various but similar paces.  We have estimated the times at each EZ.  A lot of effort and planning has gone into this, but like all Marathons, S#!+ happens on the course that may impact timing.  As pushers we have committed first and foremost to the safety and enjoyment for the kids, sometimes that takes extra time.


START             1st Leg                7:25AM            SFN tent in Romare Bearden
EZ1                  2nd Leg               8:00AM           Christ Episcopal Church
EZ2                  3rd Leg                8:55AM           Euclid Ave / Butternut Ct
EZ3                  4th Leg                9:45AM           Bethel Worship Center
EZ4                  5th Leg                10:30AM         Hawthorne High School
ESTIMATED FINISH TIME:    11:25AM      SFN tent in Romare Bearden




On Saturday November 11, SPEED FOR NEED and F3 Nation will be pushing the most riders ever in one day!  20 WW2 veterans (95-102yrs old) will be honored on Veterans Day, along with kids and others without the ability to run themselves will be joining us to run the Charlotte Marathon Relay.

For those who don’t know, the marathon relay is a 5 leg relay race covering the entire 26.2 mile marathon course.  The legs are ~4 to ~6 miles long and have fixed transition areas along the course.

SPEED FOR NEED will start off the race with a Rider in each of the 4 Chariots and at each transition will change runners and riders.  The initial teams have been set and captained by Bratwurst, Scabby, Subway, and Alf.  In some cases other relay teams or single runners will be running along side the SPEED FOR NEED racing chairs.  All are welcome to sign up and join.  We expect each of the chairs will be moving at different paces as well.

You don’t want to miss Charlotte’s biggest day of racing and the biggest day for SPEED FOR NEED participants.  If you need some inspiration watch a few of the epic Youtube videos posted of past races and events:

How can you support?

  • Run with us
  • Run with us and carry a shovel flag
  • Cheer us on from the sidelines
  • Give the kids a high five as we pass and let them know how awesome they are
  • Thank our Veteran riders for their service to this country on Veterans Day
  • Bring friends, family and other F3 brothers to run or cheer
  • Send JRR Tolkien or Scabby names of kids in your community who can participate as riders in this or other events.

Sign up and official event details here:


A huge thanks to JRR Tolkien for his tireless efforts and leadership to the cause #HIM.



Area 51 Christmas Party 2017!

Who can believe it’s already November and time to start locking down the Christmas event schedule.  While I wish I had the ability to share a dry, witty pre blast (see Ickey Shuffle) it ain’t going to be that good.  What you will get are all the details on how to join us to have a great time.

Area 51 will be hosting the Christmas party at Seaboard in downtown Matthews!  It should be a great event to enjoy some fellowship with the guys you have been working out with all year without actually having to workout.  And you get to bring your M with you so she can meet the guys with all the funny nick names that you talk about.

The Date:  Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM.  You have nothing better to do that night.

The Location:  Seaboard in Downtown Matthews.  You all asked for something relatively close with the ability to Uber in an out should you need to.  We got that.

The Alcohol:  Cash bar – the venue serves all the wine and craft beer you and your M can pay for.  Just drink responsibly and tip your bartender.  Plus they are supposed to start brewing their own beer in the back building this month!

The Food:  We will have hors d’oeuvres covered.  If you would like more you are welcome to bring in any food to Seaboard and there’s a chance of a food truck or two out front if the weather is decent.

The Price:  All that for $20 a person!  (That’s $40 a couple for you math majors) Just go pay our PayPal account and note its for the Christmas party, your F3 Name and M’s name should she be joining you.

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The Dress Code:  Plan on Snappy Casual or Festive or Just NOT your smelly workout gear.  It’s a bar in downtown Matthews, so don’t over do it, but at least try to make an effort not to embarrass your M.  For some of you that may be too late, but try anyway.

Also:  This party is different than the SOB party (which is on Sat 12/16).  It’s OK if you are an A51 guy and come to Seaboard.  It’s OK if you are an SOB guy and go out to the Barn.  It’s also OK if you are ambiguous, like Devil’s Turn, and want to go to both parties.  Just don’t go to neither.

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