Northeast Tennessee

Field Trip for the Iron Horse Pax

Northeast Tennessee Johnson City Iron Horse (Founders Park)

17 JC Pax got their permission slip signed for a little field trip!

Conditions: Unseasonable warm. The weather app said it was high 40s, but I could have sworn it was in the lower 50s when we finished.



  • SSH x 20 IC
  • Little Baby Arm Circles x 10 IC forwards and x 10 IC backwards
  • Willy Mays Hays x 10 IC
  • Through the Tunnel x 10 IC

The Thang:

Some of our JC Pax have begun posting to  JC_Arrowhead which meets at an Intermediate School Playground. I figured since they are posting at a playground, maybe we should too (for a day). The field trip was a 0.7 mile jog down the road to a near-by Elementary school. On the way to the school, we tried our best to stay together, but by the end, we got spread out by a minute or so.

Once we arrived on location, there were 10 stations set up around the playground. The Pax were instructed to do AMRAP for 50 seconds, with a 10 second break to transition to the next station. The stations were 1) Pull-Ups,  2) Hanging Knee Raises, 3) Incline Merkins, 4) Dips  5) Big Boy Situps, 6) Burpees,  7) Mountain Climbers, 8) Overhead Tire Presses, 9) Wall Jumps, and 10)Standing Calf Raises. We made it through 12 stations before it was time to start heading back to the Iron Horse AO.

On the way back, in an effort to keep everyone together, the Pax did burpees to wait on the 6 at every named street sign. (turns out there are 6 named street signed during the 0.7 miles) Once the 6 arrived, the group would continue on the journey.  Once we were home (and did some more burpees while we waited on the 6) we had just enough time for some Mary.

American Hammers x 20 IC

Flutter Kicks x 40 IC (led by none than our very own Singlet… if you have never experienced it… its a thing of beauty!)


Countorama, Nameorama, Prayer


Sidenote: The site today was the site of the January 1st Murph that many Pax participated in. It was fun to get back on the ground that all that work took place. That playground will forever hold a special place in my memory, and I’m sure it does for others as well.


Not a lot of words…. but I’m proud of the JC Pax. They motivate me to wake up and get my feet on the floor and I hope that my presence in some way motivates them. To me, the feeling of belonging and camaraderie will always be more important than the feeling of being able to do 100 pull-ups or whatever…. I think of the old TV show Cheers jingle, “where everybody knows your name…” and that idea resonates with me. We all have a deep desire to be known. And the feeling of being known is more healthy to me than my eating habits or my pace while running. Its a different kind of health. One that you can’t step on a scale and measure or look down at a GPS watch to record.  Maybe part of that desire to be known is a product of God making us in His image… He desires to be known. His ultimate desire for me is to know Him. (and that the world would come to know Him) He desires to be known, and as a result, we desire to be known. Its hardwired in, men. So, here is to our health, JC Pax!


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