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F3 MeCa | December 6, 2019

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Dropcloth 500 – Running under Caution

  • When: 02/12/19
  • QIC: Disaster
  • The PAX: Barrister, Brinkley, Sully, Illuminati, Dutch Boy, Tootsie, Alcatraz, Gump, Disaster

Nine men showed up at Highland Creek Elementary School in the rain this morning to take on the fifth running of the Dropcloth 500. The rain had slowed to a light drizzle by 530AM but the ground was still pretty soaked. YHC moved the pit stop under the portico in the back parking lot to keep everyone dry but it didn’t really matter because it was pretty wet under there as well. After welcoming back @Tootsie and delivering a rather lengthy disclaimer the PAX was off for a quick mosey to the bus lot.


  • SSH IC X 19
  • IST IC X 15
  • CP IC X 15
  • MC IC X 15
  • Merkins IC X 10


The PAX moseyed over to the portico behind the elementary school for further instructions. Several of them were not pleased to see YHC’s familiar step stool accompanied by a poorly laminated list of exercises. The PAX (especially @Alcatraz) were even less pleased when they learned what today’s beatdown was (even though a hint was clearly listed on the Sign Up Genius).

@Gump – “we still use the Sign Up Genius?”

The Dropcloth 500 is a cumulative set of seven exercises with a full lap (roughly 400 meters) around the back parking lot between each set. The PAX can complete the exercises in any order they see fit as long as they finish the full set each time. This can prove to be helpful in breaking up the burpees as well as some of the larger sets. The goal is to complete all seven sets and laps in 35 minutes, which comes out to be about 1 3/4 miles of running. Exercises are as follows:

  • 10 burpees
  • 20 lunges (single leg)
  • 30 merkins
  • 40 air squats
  • 50 LBC
  • 60 Rocky Balboa’s (single step)
  • 70 Freddy Mercury’s (single knee)

@Barrister got off to a fast start and never looked back, winning today’s air trophy with ease. @Brinkley and @Sully also put on a good show, working together to finish the race right at the 35 minute mark. The rest of the PAX was also strong despite the inclement weather, including DC500 rookies @Illuminati, @Dutch Boy, and @Tootsie (who was returning from a 3-4 month absence due to injury). YHC called time at 610AM (after several PAX pointed out that my fogged up watch read 6:08 and not 6:00). Gathering up the step stool we moseyed back to the front parking lot and took shelter under the front portico for Mary.


  • Low Flutter IC X 15 (Brinkley)
  • Hello Dolly IC X 15 (Brinkley)
  • The W IC X 15 (Disaster)

COT, BOM, Prayer


  1. I’m not saying that I’m a better ‘Q’ than @Glock (just implying it) but I was nice enough to try to bring the PAX in out of the rain and under some shelter today. We were still pretty wet by the end of the day through.
  2. Thanks to @Gump and @Alcatraz for sharing some of their F3 wisdom with the newer members of the PAX. Q school is a great way to learn more about F3 as is @Dredd’s book ‘Freed to Lead’. I will alert the new guys whenever the next Q School comes around.
  3. Time Laps will be here before you know it (May 10-11) so start planning ahead if you want to participate. We hope to have running and rucking teams available for all skill levels.
  4. Thanks to everyone who braved the weather and came out this morning. It is always an honor to lead the Highlands PAX.


  1. Alcatraz

    Thanks for leading @Disaster and for keeping us mostly out of the rain!

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