In Special Forces Style

Massanutten Resort To Host Inaugural GORUCK Event

Posted: September 12, 2013

The GORUCK Nasty 001 honors Special Forces veterans; $20 of every registration benefits the Green Beret Foundation. (Photo by Courtesy of
The GORUCK Nasty will make its inaugural appearance at Massanutten Resort on Sept. 21. Registration is $105. (Photo by Courtesy of
For those who like to test their physical limits, drink beer and do so in support of a good cause, Massanutten Resort will host the inaugural GORUCK Nasty 001 at 7 a.m. Sept. 21. The event benefits the Green Beret Foundation, which provides financial support for wounded Special Forces veterans and their families.

“We’re excited about the event, and we’re proud to help GORUCK with the Green Beret Foundation,” said Kenny Hess, director of sports and risk management at Massanutten. “We’re proud to support the individuals who serve our country.”

‘The Tough One’
GORUCK is no simple test of physical endurance; determination and fortitude are required of those attempting the feat. The “Nasty” features a six-mile, 27-obstacle course modeled after “Nasty Nick,” an Army Special Forces training course based at Camp Mackall, N.C.

Participants will carry 40-pound rucksacks while encountering obstacles the likes of those formidably dubbed “The Pull for Life,” “The Belly Buster,” and — last but not least — “The Tough One.”

The man-versus-seemingly-impossible-obstacle event brings together civilian strangers and military veterans alike. Surviving the course — which also features a memorial walk commemorating fallen Special Forces troops — is about honoring the legacy of the brave men and women who defend daily freedoms.

Locals Getting Involved
Hess expects high attendance for the endurance adventure. The news of this event — which has attracted widespread interest — caught the eye of Harrisonburg local and restaurateur Aaron Ludwig.

Ludwig, no stranger to GORUCK events, says he will be there Sept. 21.

“I’m not sure what to expect at the Nasty, but I’ve heard good things,” said Ludwig.

“I did the [GORUCK] Tough Mudder at Wintergreen with 25 of my employees. We completed the course as a team and had a lot of fun.”

Ludwig says this upcoming event is for those who consider themselves in good shape and are seeking to push their physical limits to the max.

“It’s definitely challenging physically, without a doubt,” he said. “I like to set [goals] for myself and go out and try to [achieve them].”

According to Hess, plenty of others share Ludwig’s mentality.

 “The six-mile course should provide all the challenge that anyone would want. Right now, there are some 2000 participants signed up,” Hess said.

Although some of those challenge seekers plan to show on the day of the event, others will visit throughout the weekend, staying in nearby hotels or camping on the resort grounds.

“It’s a whole weekend of camping, beer and hanging out with Special Operations soldiers,” said GORUCK Director of Strategic Partnerships Sophie Pollitt-Cohen. “Of course, [participants] can just come for the day, but we’re really happy so many people want to make a weekend of it.”

Hess said that, depending on participant turn out and response, Massanutten will consider hosting the event again.

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