CROSSROADS – Preparation for Easter – aka Lent

As Spring approaches one of the most significant days that kicks off Spring and then Summer is EASTER.

Do we really grasp the importance of Easter and what it means, not only for Christianity but for all people??

Crossroads is going to take the 7 weeks leading up to Easter looking at the key events of what is called HOLY WEEK. The Sunday to Sunday movements of Jesus and his followers that led to his death and resurrection on Easter which we celebrate annually.

Here is our schedule of Qs and the Holy Week day they will cover:

  • 3/5 – Cake Boss – Sunday also known as Palm Sunday
  • 3/12 – Gecko – Monday clearing of Temple & others
  • 3/19 – Twister – Tuesday Fig tree & Temple controversies
  • 3/26 – Sugar Daddy – Wednesday Plans to kill Jesus
  • 4/2 – Double D – Thursday – Last Supper & Gethsemane
  • 4/9 – Pusher – Friday Trial, Death & Burial of Jesus
  • 4/12 – Flat Tire AT CHICKENNWIZDIM – Easter Sunday The Empty Tomb!

Don’t miss out on this chance to understand this event and how it applies to each one of us…..not just a story but something that directly includes each of us!!


Cake Boss

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Pre-Blast March 8th Convergence

What:  Convergence

When:  Friday March 8th 5:15am

Where: Baxter Harris Teeter

There will be an option for everyone!!

Qs will be

Wegmans will be the Birthday Boy warm-up Q

Longshanks – Bootcamp

Chicken Hawk – Bootcamp

NASA – Running Q

Dirty Harry – Ruck Q

Ok Pax it’s been a while since we’ve all gathered under one shovel flag for a large scale beat down!!  Come on out Friday March 8th 5:15am to the Baxter Harris Teeter, we’ll have multiple Qs ready to dish out a variety of workouts to help you acclerate your 1st F.  After the workout we will have a 3rd F convergence at the Eternal Church office(The Shack) behind Zaxby’s.  We have a few HIM from the Pax that are excited to share with you how to acclerate your 3rd F.  There will be coffee!!

Those of you that have been to these convergenses know how powerful they are, make sure you encourage any new guys to get out there and to stick around for the 3rd F.  This is a great opportunity for FNGs and to get those Kotters back out!!!

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Did you sign up for Pathfinder/Pathfinder advanced training? Do you like walking up hills wearing an expensive backpack? Wondering, how are you going to get a 10 mile mountain ruck in?  Have you always wanted to join the MILE HIGH CLUB?  Do you enjoy getting kicked in the face?  Then have we got the event for you.


The Mile High Club

Saturday 16MAR2019

0700 Crowder Mt State Park


Clown Car meet up: 

0615 Publix on Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill

We are going to ruck up and down the mountain ~7(ish) times wearing our fancy backpacks. We will gain over 1 mile of elevation and easily hit the 10 mile mark.


A ZIMA MILE is 2-7 miles straight distance.  A Dirty Mile is at least a 5280ft climb.

PAX are responsible for their own hydration and snack needs. Those who choose the harder thing and complete this ridiculous challange will aslo earn a PATCH. Yeah folks, we will be handing out custom patches. So come join YHC, Punch List, and Wegmans for all 3 F’s.

We will be collecting cash donations for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a non-profit veteran organization that helps Iraq and Afghanistan veterans navigate life once their time in service has ended. They assist Veterans in finding employment, education opportunities, medical care, suicide prevention, and so much more.

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In-flight February

  • QIC: Anchorman/Barry Manilow
  • When: 02/04/2019
  • Posted In: Pre-Blast

YHC always claimed he would never be a runner but with the encouragement of the Pax I completed my first 1/2 marathon in December.  Now it’s your turn to run Forrest.

If you don’t like running or find yourself as the 6 at boot camp, join us for In-flight February.

Barry and I will be leading a group on runs every Monday and Wednesday in February, culminating in you running the Joe Davis 5K in March.

Yes, even you can do it.

We run slow and will walk when you need to.  A blade only gets sharper by rubbing across a stone.  This is your stone.  Get sharper in 2019.


What you need to do:


Step 1 is to sign up for the race:

Step 2 is to join us every Monday and Wednesday @0515 Starbucks Baxter.

#getbetter #isi


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The Yeti 2019 Preblast

Alright y’all. It’s that time of year where the temps start to dip and the elusive Yeti rears it’s ugly head. The Yeti is a signature event for The Fort and this will be it’s 4th installment! As an ode to simpler times, we are going OG and using the original route with a little twist. Ruckers, Runners, Bikers and everything in between are welcome. There will be shirts! There will be patches! There will be several beatdowns!  And there will be P-A-I-N! Mark your calendars for 2/23/19! It’s on!


Date: February 23rd, 2019
Start: 5:00 AM (Ruckers)
6:00 AM (Running Group)
6:30 AM (Run/Bike Group)
Finish: 10:00 AM (Estimate)

2nd F at Dixie Pig immediately following the event (still working this out with the restaurant)

Run: Pantheon to Old Ballroom (next to Hardees on Gold Hill): 3.0 miles
Run: Ballroom to Coop/Badger Den: 3.5 miles (6.50 mi run)
Bike: Coop to Run N Gun: 6.0 miles
Bike: Run N Gun to Pantheon: 5.25 (11.25 bike)
Total: 17.75 miles (probably more like 18-19 miles)

Twist-YOU MUST READ THIS: For anyone willing to go the EXTRA #ZIMAMILE, there’s an additional patch waiting for you at Alcatraz. All you have to do is run there and back AFTER YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE YETI! Not everyone has the stones for this after 18 miles but I know there are a few stu…I mean beasts that will go for it. I mean it’s a rare patch, so…

Ruckers: Just do your thing, you do anyways! Recommended start of 5:00 AM

Running Group: Show up to Pantheon no later than 5:45 AM for Prep and BOM. COP will starts at 6:00 AM.

Run/Bike Group: Show up at Pantheon no later than 6:15 AM for Prep and BOM. COP starts at 6:30 AM. Plan on dropping your bikes off at the Coop between 5:30-6:00 AM. Don’t hit any PAX on your way to Pantheon.

Relay Notes: If you are participating as a 2-man relay, the process is very simple. Both Pax show up at Pantheon. 1st Runner departs while the 2nd Runner drives car to the next pain station/AO. Complete the pain station as a group and then 2nd Runner departs while the 1st Runner drives car to the next station. Sounds complicated but it’s really not!

Biker Notes: Obey all posted signs and travel with traffic

Sign up for the Event HERE 

Buy a shirt HERE

Yeti 2019 Patch = $5
#ZimaMile Patch = Embracing the Suck/No Money Accepted

This will be an epic event as always. Come get your patch or patches if you dare!

Zima and The Wegs

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26L Ruck Raffle benefiting 24 Foundation

26L Black GORUCK GR1 Raffle with proceeds benefiting 24 Foundation (Cancer Survivorship)

How to enter:  $10 per ticket, no cap, “Friends and Family” https://www.PayPal.Me/PayJeffParker

Shipping covered to 48 CONUS

When:  Drawing to be held January 31st at 7:00 EST

I will never forget the phone call I received on March 25, 2013 that brought me to my knees.  It was from one of my closest friends, Josh, and he shared the news that his beautiful daughter, Libby, was diagnosed with leukemia.  Josh and Barb pulled out all of the stops and led the fight with Libby to beat the awful disease.  On May 9th 2014, heaven welcomed Libby.

Since Libby’s diagnosis, we have been working with the 24 Foundation to direct funds to benefit families dealing with childhood cancer.  The 24 Foundation is a fantastic organization focuses on programs specific to cancer navigation and survivorship.

All of the funds raised over what I have invested in the ruck will go directly to the 24 Foundation.


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2019 Joe Davis Run for Recovery

Dear PAX,

As you begin to plan your new year, on behalf of my family, I am asking that you consider including the Joe Davis Run for Recovery on March 9th in your plans.

It is hard to believe, but the 7th installment of the Joe Davis Run for Recovery will take place on March 9, 2019. My family and I invite you to join us, as we gather once again, to celebrate my brother Joe’s life and bring awareness to a very real problem facing our society right now, Addiction. Joe lost his 16-year battle with Addiction in the form of an accidental heroin overdose on October 4, 2009 at the young age of 28.

Unfortunately, chances are that Addiction has touched your life, either affecting your friends or your family. Our family has chosen to turn the tragedy of Joe dying into a triumph in the form of spreading a message of HOPE. There is help for those who struggle with Addiction and other mental health issues. The race benefits Keystone Substance Abuse Services, York County’s authority on substance abuse.

F3 and FiA support has been the cornerstone of this race’s success and most of you know that it has been on one of the coldest days of the year most years when it was held in January. It was so cold last year that my family and I made the decision afterward to try a new race date. Our message of HEALTH, HOPE and HEALING needs to be far-reaching and to include the youth, which we felt the cold has kept home when the weather is not favorable. So, we chose March 9. It will likely still be cold, but bearable.

The race will offer 1 Mile Fun Run, 5k and 10k options. The course is the same as in recent years and it will be held at Walter Elisha Park in Fort Mill, SC.

Please help spread the word.

I believe that we are making a difference, slowly but surely. I know the race has directly impacted the PAX and I want to ask that, if you feel led to share your story, please let me know. I believe the impact of a first-hand story would be incredibly helpful to show our mission is working.

Sign ups are at

We are also seeking sponsors. If you know of someone this cause may be close to, who would like to get involved, please message me.

With gratitude,

Rock Thrill

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F3-The Fort Prayer Convergence for FMSD

Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

John 16:33      “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

After our Prayer Convergence back in August, several PAX suggested we start off 2019 the same way and I couldn’t agree more.

Who: All PAX of Fort Mill are asked to step up and live out the 3rd F. What better way to start off the school (calendar) year than to go to the schools, physically go, and pray?!? Most of us have children that attend these schools, neighbors, friends and family that work at these schools and some of the PAX work in these schools. Regardless of how we are connected to them, we are all impacted by what happens in these schools and this is a chance for us to live out what we are called to do.

What: The Fort PAX (at least 2, preferably 3 or more at each location!) converging at every school in the FMSD, to pray for the school leadership, every employee of the school, students, the safety of the school, etc.

When: Sunday, January 6th, between 1:00 – 4:00 PM, not the whole time, but a window to allow more participation.

How (do I get involved): Pick a school, grab a few fellow PAX and show up, ready to pray. We will post some details about format. Post the number of PAX and where you posted with the hashtag #F3TheFortPrays4FMSD when you are done.

Why: Evil looks for every opportunity to cause chaos in schools. We pray to keep any and all evil from these schools, administrators, teachers, children and families. We pray that God uses the believers in these schools to be a light unto those that do not know him (students and adults alike).

As of this pre-blast, the schools that still need coverage are listed below. Those with an Elementary & Middle on same campus are indicated. Think, divide and conquer on these**.



Orchard Park

Pleasant Knoll **


Springfield **

Sugar Creek


Fort Mill **

Pleasant Knoll

Springfield **


Nation Ford


Find Beacon on Twitter  @F3_Beacon  or email at with questions or to commit to a specific school.  You can also commit here!



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The Cornerstone – Challenge ( One Year Long )

To all the Pax of F3 Nation

Are you prepared to challenge your self for 2019? I am challenging all Pax’s to join me for 2019 we will take on one exercise for January (merkins single count) 100 reps every day. Then in February we will add another exercise which will be done every day on top of the 100 merkins and so on and so on. We will increase by adding one exercise each month.  These exercises will be above and beyond when you post. So by the end of the year there will be 12 exercises that need to be done everyday at the reps set.

Do you accept the challenge? Do you want to get better?

I will set the next month exercise and reps the week before to keep you on your toes

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Pre-blast PAINtheon Games are back at the Coop: Version 3.5

3.5 years ago Pantheon was born. We celebrate the event with the games every 6 months. Annually at Pantheon and at The Coop on the halves. Sadly, a filing error at last years PAINtheon Games (Coop) resulted in the scores not being posted. If I ever find the scores, be sure they will be posted (Jedi’s may still be omitted for my personal pleasure). So there you go. This Wednesday. A warm up, if you will, for Spiderman’s shenanigans that will ensue Saturday. For newbies, here’s what’s in store for the games.

Date: 12/19/18
Time: 0500
Where: The Coop (NAFO, Badger Den)
What: See Below

Pantheon Games
• Merkins AMRAP (2 minutes)
• Sit-ups AMRAP (2 minutes)
• Burpees AMRAP (2 minutes)
• 100 Yard Bear Crawl Dash
• 1 Mile Timed
• Balls to the Wall (2 minutes or until only 1 PAX is left)
• Timed 6 inch hold (2 minutes or until only 1 PAX is left)
• Burpee Chase

Get after it!



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