AO: Off The Books

When: 10/05/2023

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AO: ao_off-the-books
Q: Downhill
PAX: Downhill, Legs
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COUNT: 2
On a cool morning with distributed cloud cover and the moon attempting to peek out from time to time, 2 HIMs converge on Blevins park to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu (aka Black Hawk Down)

WARMUP:
Stretch OYO

THE THANG:
-4 Rounds for Time
–19 Kettlebell Ground-to-Overheads (53/35 lb)
–19 Kettlebell Front Squats (53/35 lb)
–19 Kettlebell Push-Ups (each hand)
–400 meter Kettlebell Run

If you lose physical contact with your Kettlebell, you must start that round over. You can substitute the Kettlebell for a Ruck or a cinder block. It is your “Ranger Buddy”. You never leave your Ranger Buddy.

Reference: wodwell.com/wod/mogadishu-mile/

MARY:
Carry your gear back to your vehicle

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The Mogadishu Mile was a route that was taken by United States Army Rangers and Delta Force soldiers from a UH-60 helicopter crash site to an appointed rally point held by the 10th Mountain Division on National Street during the Battle of Mogadishu on October 4, 1993. The U.S. soldiers involved were part of Task Force Ranger, an attempt to seize two lieutenants of warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. Originally they were supposed to take cover by running alongside a convoy of Humvees and armored personnel carriers, however when the convoy failed to understand that the vehicles were needed for cover, they left them and the soldiers were forced to run without support and with very little ammunition.

The Mogadishu Mile began at 05:42 a.m. and ended when all the troops exfiltrated to the rendezvous point and were loaded into APCs and Humvees, reaching either the Pakistani stadium or the Airport by 06:30 a.m. During the run, the convoy and in particular the soldiers on foot were attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire, wounding several soldiers including Sgt. Randy Ramaglia. Many soldiers were suffering from sleep deprivation and dehydration.