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Will to Win -Spur Challenge

Task:   Complete Gravel City/Will to Win Spur Challenge  in sequence to include:
  • 5K Run (Saturday)
  • 40 mile ride (gravel grinder) (Saturday)
  • Spur Readiness Test (Saturday)
    • Spur Readiness Test 2019:

    • 1. Receive your mission

    • 2. Navigate from hide position to simulated casualty

    • 3. Treat casualty with first aid kit

    • 4. Request medical evacuation by radio

    • 5. Move casualty to evacuation site

    • 6. Suppress enemy fire (simulated) while crossing danger area

    • 7.  Complete mystery event

    • 8.  Report to Command Post

Conditions:  Participant will be provided a study guide, score sheets, maps for 5K Run, 40 mile gravel ride, Spur Readiness Test, provided instructions, study guide, provided testing location, testing equipment, and timers.  Participants will self-support for all events.
Standards: 
  • Complete Run and Ride within 3 hours and 40 minutes (220 minutes)
  • Complete Spur Readiness Course and avoid time penalties that may disqualify participant from Spur Award (exceed 220 minutes total time)
  • Participate in Spur Award/Induction Ceremony Saturday at 1500hrs (3pm)

For every event you fail to pass there will be a time penalty added to your overall Spur Ride time.  Only ice on the track will cancel the run portion of the event. 

Event One:  5K Run and 40 mile Gravel Grinder

Saturday begins with the Spur Run and Ride.  After check in you will participate in a brief opening ceremony followed by a timed start from the All Veterans Memorial.  You will be first running with the regular 5K Freedom Run/Walk participants. Your course will traverse 5K of South Emporia covering gravel, dirt and asphalt.  There are no obstacles. 

 

You will return to the finish line at the All Veterans Memorial where you will self transition to your next event - the 40 mile Gravel Grinder.  Your official time WILL NOT STOP. Transition quickly to your bike and start the 40 miler.Your ride starts as you cross the old Soden's Grove bridge and head into the flint hills of South Lyon County.  There are no SAG stops or support vehicles provided during this ride.  You will be provided a map/coordinates.  Ensure you are trained and prepared for any adversity your bike or YOU may face.  We do not provide rider rescue. You will finish back at the start/finish line at the All Veterans Memorial and your time will STOP.  This is your unofficial time that you will take with you to your last event - the SRT. Your goal is to be under the max time of 220 minutes from the run/ride.  If you are over the time limit of 220 minutes YOU MAY be able to recoup some time with successful completion of the final events in the SRT. (Or if you are close, you may end up adding too much time and be disqualified from the Spur Award.....).

Final Event: Spur Readiness Test (SRT)
Training and Standards Manual

Your final event is the Spur Readiness Test based on physical and warrior skills commonly used in a combat environment. There are five components to this event with events varying each year.  You must complete all five events.  Failure to properly finish an event will add three minute (per event) to your total time.  Each successfully completed event will result in a 3 minute time reduction.  Maximum time you can subtract is 15 minutes (5 component events X 3 minutes). Maximum penalty time is 15 minutes. You must complete all five events of the SRT to be a succesful Spur Ride Candidate.

Spur Readiness Test 2019:

1. Receive your mission

2. Navigate from hide position to simulated casualty

3. Treat casualty with first aid kit

4. Request medical evacuation by radio

5. Move casualty to evacuation site

6. Suppress enemy fire (simulated) while crossing danger area

7.  Complete mystery event

8.  Report to Command Post

Sound challenging?  It is unless you read the standards manual and practice!

To prepare for your third event please download the standards manual and the draft score card.  Here are additional training videos to assit you:

Maneuver Techniques (Link)

Nine Line Medevac Instructions and Card

(PDF File)

Spur Readiness Test Score Card

Spur Induction/Award Ceremony

If you have completed the Run, the Ride, and the SRT without going over the maximum allowed time limit you will be awarded the Silver Spur and inducted into the Order of the Spur by veterans of the 635th Armor Regiment.  Participants completing additional Spur Rides will receive a clasp to attach to their Spur.  5th year recipients will earn the gold spur. 10th year recipients receive the honorary Cavalry Stetson.  All who participate will receive a certificate from the regiment as well as the Commanders Challenge Coin.

The ceremony authorizes you to be placed on the Spur Scroll for the 635th Armor Regiment Order of the Spur as an auxilliary member.  Auxilliary or honored civilian members are forever a part of the 635th Armor Regiment, Kansas Army National Guard, honors and lineage.

Brought to you by:

635th Armor Regiment

Order of the Spur & Scholarship Committee