Team X-T.R.E.M.E.'s next Warrior INDOC (Class 003-12) begins Saturday 03 NOV 12 at approximately 0500 on Browns Island, Richmond VA. Warrior INDOC is a "...24 hour mental, physical and emotional evaluation designed to select new X-Athletes to don the gas mask and join [their] ranks."
I'll be surprised if you haven't seen at least a few pictures of Team X-T.R.E.M.E. floating around on Facebook or the 'net. They're powerful stuff. Team X-T.R.E.M.E. is a non-profit organization that supports wounded warriors. It provides a "complete cycle of rehabilitative solutions to wounded service member's of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns". Team members (all active and veteran military members) participate in athletic endurance events and races across the country to honor and bring attention to the sacrifice of wounded military personnel through feats of mental and physical endurance.
Their signature is the wear of Avon C50 Gas Masks, which they wear to retain anonymity. They also used call-signs instead of their names on their name-tapes. As Jeremy Soles told me, it's about the mission, not the individual.
Team X-T.R.E.M.E. has a fully functioning board with staff and volunteers committed to creating rehabilitative program and opportunities to assist their wounded brethren. Class 003-12 consists of ten veterans from across the country hoping to be one of three new team members selected on Sunday morning. Members come from US Army and Marine Corps SOF backgrounds, and include three wounded warriors and two females. The will endure numerous evolutions to determine their individual fortitude, endurance and team work. Candidates are briefed on the evolutions just prior to execution. They do not know the distance or the pass / fail criteria for any evolution, nor the number of evolutions. One example of a possible selection course would involve them masking up and rucking up with a heavy load of food, after which they'd be rucking through out the James River Park System over the course of several miles, dropping some of that weight off at the Central Virginia Food bank on the way. Another evolution would require the candidates to carry a simulated Wounded Warrior in a custom fabricated back pack system through another endurance course. If you have the inclination, wherewithal and opportunity, please consider supporting Team X-T.R.E.M.E. with a donation. If you have contacts in the press or other organizations that might be interested in providing some coverage to this even and helping to "spread the word", please have them contact Jer (info below). Jeremy Soles Team X-T.R.E.M.E. Team X-T.R.E.M.E. Founder / President / USMC Veteran USA (804)229-5398 Follow them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/TEAMXTREMERUNNING