Tuesday, May 29, 2007

3 Miles Up, 3 Miles Down

Well it was actually more like 2.8 according to my Garmin Forerunner GPS unit. Ever heard the word Currahee? If you have seen the Band of Brothers series you would at least recognize it. Today Jason, Marc and I left the conference center we are playing at and drove about 10 minutes to Currahee Mountain. We parked the van and trailer at the base and stepped out into the hot Georgia sun. A few stretches later and we were on our way – 3 Miles Up, 3 Miles Down. Just like in the first episode of Band of Brothers.

Taken from wiki:

“The mountain was made famous internationally by Steven Spielberg's TV series of Band of Brothers. The mountain was featured during the training of the American Paratroopers at Camp Toccoa, Georgia where they ran up and down Currahee. The name of the mountain became the motto for these paratroopers including the famous quote: "3 Miles up, 3 Miles down".

Being big fans of the series this was something we had to do while we were here. Jason likely got the biggest thrill out of it being the WWII expert among us. When we got to the top he started listing off the names of the soldiers who had done this exact run before. It made sense to be here so close to Memorial Day too.

I found these while looking up info about the mountain. You can see the outline of the mountain on both patches.

506TH INFANTRY REGIMENTDistinctive Unit Insignia

Coat of Arms

Anyway, cool spot, hot day, unusually tired legs now. I guess I need more hill training!



Scott Orr 5/30/2007 10:26 AM  

when i came down to nashville in the spring of '03, Jason, Marc and I spent a 9am - 11pm full day of watching Band Of Brothers. Watching the whole series in one day was almost as hard as being in the actually war. (inappropriate)

Great movie, you are lucky to have seen that location. I find war spots to be moving, I especially like Gettysburg and Sir Isaac Brock memorial.

Be well.

kathryn 5/30/2007 11:14 AM  

Band of Brothers. . we had watched the series on tv. I bought Rob the DVD box set when it first came out. . i think Robbie and i have seen just about every WWII movie/series there is? It is so cool that you guys did that run. . wow. Historic. How did you feel while you were running? i don't mean physically, i guess i mean emotionally? WWII for many people (including us) is emotional because of family connections, etc. Speaking of WWII there are a few DVD releases i would recommend: Flag of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima (good to watch these in this order) and The Good German.

Mark 5/31/2007 12:26 AM  

I've got to say I'm a fan of WWII movies, and you can add WWII games as well.

One WWII movie I always liked was "The Great Escape". Probably because it was the first I had ever seen. Glenn we should watch it the next time you visit here in June.

electroluminescence 5/31/2007 11:17 PM  

that is so super phenomenal.
I've actually never seen Band of Brothers.
Obviously... i must.
but hearing about history, WWII in particular, moves me!
It blows my mind that someday... we'll be part of intriguing [hopefully] stories from the past!
I'd definitely recommend Letters from Iwo Jima too if you haven't seen it. It's interesting to see the story from the Japanese perspective!

anyway! that's super phenomenal that you were able to be in such a historical place!


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