Get ready for BRC

By Kristin Molinaro, The BayonetMarch 23, 2011

Under lock and key, Best Ranger Competition events remain elusively secret until the last possible moment prior to the three-day competition. Even the order of events is closely guarded. However, some events have become a fixture over the years. The following are a handful of popular viewer-friendly events from previous years:

Buddy Run
Historically, BRC begins with a buddy run for an unknown distance and may include several other runs throughout the competition. Though any given year could be a departure from tradition, the buddy run remains a mainstay regardless of when it is scheduled within the competition. It oftentimes includes a swim, either halfway through the run or toward the end.
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Under lock and key, Best Ranger Competition events remain elusively secret until the last possible moment prior to the three-day competition. Even the order of events is closely guarded. However, some events have become a fixture over the years. The following are a handful of popular viewer-friendly events from previous years: Buddy Run Historically, BRC begins with a buddy run for an unknown distance and may include several other runs throughout the competition. Though any given year could be a departure from tradition, the buddy run remains a mainstay regardless of when it is scheduled within the competition. It oftentimes includes a swim, either halfway through the run or toward the end. (Photo Credit: John D. Helms, Kristin Molinaro) VIEW ORIGINAL
Canoe Race
The canoe race has been revived in recent years. Once a part of the competition, the race was dropped for several years but has been a staple of the last three competitions. The race is for an unknown distance at a location announced the week prior to the competition. This event is historically tied to the Rangers - it was a method of insertion for many of Robert Rogers' combat missions during the French and Indian wars. Rogers was the commander of Rogers' Rangers, one of the first Ranger units in the American Army.
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Canoe Race The canoe race has been revived in recent years. Once a part of the competition, the race was dropped for several years but has been a staple of the last three competitions. The race is for an unknown distance at a location announced the week prior to the competition. This event is historically tied to the Rangers - it was a method of insertion for many of Robert Rogers' combat missions during the French and Indian wars. Rogers was the commander of Rogers' Rangers, one of the first Ranger units in the American Army. (Photo Credit: John D. Helms, Kristin Molinaro) VIEW ORIGINAL
Darby Queen
The Darby Queen obstacle course is a one-mile route filled with 26 obstacles running deep into the wooded hillside of Camp Darby. With obstacle names like "The Dirty Name" and "The Tough One," the Darby Queen lives up to its Infantry roots as the queen of battle.
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Darby Queen The Darby Queen obstacle course is a one-mile route filled with 26 obstacles running deep into the wooded hillside of Camp Darby. With obstacle names like "The Dirty Name" and "The Tough One," the Darby Queen lives up to its Infantry roots as the queen of battle. (Photo Credit: John D. Helms, Kristin Molinaro) VIEW ORIGINAL
Tri Tower Challenge
The Tri Tower Challenge is an obstacle course combining three climbing activities:  a towering rock-climbing wall competitors first climb and then rappel from, a rope ladder and a knotted rope climb. The tower is located at Todd Field along with several other events known collectively as Day Stakes that tie into making Todd Field a spectator favorite.
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Tri Tower Challenge The Tri Tower Challenge is an obstacle course combining three climbing activities: a towering rock-climbing wall competitors first climb and then rappel from, a rope ladder and a knotted rope climb. The tower is located at Todd Field along with several other events known collectively as Day Stakes that tie into making Todd Field a spectator favorite. (Photo Credit: John D. Helms, Kristin Molinaro) VIEW ORIGINAL
Helocast
The helocast is a great visual experience for spectators. The best viewing spot is from Hurley Hill, which has stands overlooking Victory Pond as teams jump from helicopters into the water. The teams then secure their poncho raft and swim to shore in front of the crowd.

Coming to BRC?
The BRC "Smart Book" will be released the week prior to the competition and outlines events and locations for spectators. You can download it at the Army's official BRC website at www.army.mil/ranger or visit Fort Benning's Facebook page and click on the BRC tab. Don't forget to mark your calendar for the event kick off at Ranger Training Brigade headquarters at 6 a.m. April 15.
5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Helocast The helocast is a great visual experience for spectators. The best viewing spot is from Hurley Hill, which has stands overlooking Victory Pond as teams jump from helicopters into the water. The teams then secure their poncho raft and swim to shore in front of the crowd. Coming to BRC? The BRC "Smart Book" will be released the week prior to the competition and outlines events and locations for spectators. You can download it at the Army's official BRC website at www.army.mil/ranger or visit Fort Benning's Facebook page and click on the BRC tab. Don't forget to mark your calendar for the event kick off at Ranger Training Brigade headquarters at 6 a.m. April 15. (Photo Credit: John D. Helms, Kristin Molinaro) VIEW ORIGINAL