AGC Associate Safety Director Takes on Grueling Challenge to Raise Money for St. Jude’s – AGC-GM

AGC Associate Safety Director Takes on Grueling Challenge to Raise Money for St. Jude’s


AGC Associate Safety Director, Gert Grohmann, recently raised money for St Jude’s Children’s Research hospital by doing the David Goggins 4x4x48 challenge. This means that Gert had too complete 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours. Below you’ll find Gert telling his story and experience doing the challenge.

4x4x48 Challenge – Gert Grohmann

David Goggins is a retired Navy Seal and an ultra marathon runner. His autobiography, “Can’t Break Me” was an inspiration to me, I listened to portions of his audio book throughout the event. I love this quote of his.

“I’m a big believer of doing something that sucks every single day of your life. I believe it’s a key component into strengthening your mind.”
–David Goggins

I have always been a supporter of St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and when I heard about the Goggins 4x4x48 challenge, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to run a FB fundraiser for them. My supporters helped me raise $1,060. I started the challenge at 10 PM on Friday March 5 and rucked 10PM, 2AM, 6AM, 10AM 2PM, 6PM and repeated the cycle Saturday. I wrapped up Sunday at 6PM with just over 50 miles rucked with a 40 pound pack.

While the challenge is to run 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours, several years ago I broke my leg while on duty with Mequon FD, so my leg won’t take running anymore, so I started rucking, which is walking with a weighted backpack. Last year I walked around 2,500 miles between work and my rucking. I initially started rucking to lose weight and I joined a local group known as the Goodland Ruck club. Members of this group were an amazing support during the challenge and I did a number of the rucks with local members.

My German Shepherd, Bear and I, rucked 28 of the 50 miles together. I gave him some shifts off, as he started to wear down a bit on Saturday afternoon. For me the key to the entire event was to take it 1 ruck at a time. Saturday morning I ate something for breakfast I ate something that did not agree with me and so my 2 PM and 6 PM rucks were tough because I really did not feel well. But after that I felt great for the rest of the event. The coolest/creepiest thing that happened was on Sunday morning at the 2am ruck, Bear and I got followed by a pack of Coyotes for about a mile. We never saw them, but we heard them yipping in the woods just off to our left.

Overall, I will do it again next year, it was a amazing experience and people’s generosity was very inspiring. Next year it will be even bigger as I am recruiting member of my rucking club to join me in raising funds!

Here is a link to my FB fundraiser page for more info.
Here is a link to the Goggins page