Some would call them dedicated. Others might call them committed.
Still others might just call them crazy, but over the course of 12 grueling hours starting at 9 p.m. on an unusually cold evening, these 29 individuals added themselves to a small but growing group of men and women to complete a GORUCK, a series of mentally and physically draining tasks that would be done barefoot. They would carry backpacks loaded with bricks — in many cases up to 30 pounds — and under no circumstance would they be allowed to set down their backpacks during the event.
The group met at Joe Moakley Park in Boston and were introduced to their “cadre”, the man who would lead and push them over the next 12 hours. The cadre, who earned the title of sergeant in the armed forces, was a self-proclaimed countryboy and gave the option to be called by several names, none of which were “sir.”
A person in the group made the mistake of calling him “sir,” and within seconds, the group was on hands and knees, bear crawling through a field. The word was definitely off the table.