In Part 2 of this series, the Ranger Challenge team from Duke University competes in a series of events designed to test their skills.
Trained by Maj. Shane Finison, an Army ROTC instructor at Duke and a coach at CrossFit Durham, the squad will be relying on their military education and CrossFit training to get them through events including a hand-grenade assault course, land navigation test and standard Army PT test.
The Ranger Challenge is a tremendously competitive event for ROTC athletes, and it’s packed with pressure to perform. Ambitious cadets know that every aspect of their four-year college performance factors into the job they get in the U.S. Army, so they’re eager to give their best at the Ranger Challenge.
In Part 3, the team hits the gruelling 10K march with a rifle and a 35-lb. pack. It’s the final event and perhaps the most physically challenging one of all.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: The Panther Recon Downrange Gym by 1st Lt. Matthew Hoff, published Sept. 20, 2009.