TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #75: Wolverine 5K Tactical Adventure Race

Luke C.
by Luke C.

Over the year I’ve really gotten addicted to trying out different types of firearm competitions. While I’ve dabbled in some of the more well-known competition spheres, USPSA, Multi-Gun, and Steel Challenge, I’ve also strayed off the beaten path and found something even better – ones that let you run around in expensive gear with your friends. One such race I’ve yet to try that falls into this category is the Wolverine 5K. The Wolverine 5K is a Red Dawn-inspired “Tactical Adventure Race” that incorporates aspects of not just shooting, but moving with your squad, mountaineering, and some complex problem and puzzle-solving skills. Today we have the pleasure of speaking with one squad who participated in this year’s Wolverine 5K, and we’ll be hearing from Philip, Brent, and Tyler as they describe to us their experiences at the 2023 Wolverine 5K Tactical Adventure Race.

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TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #75: Wolverine 5K Tactical Adventure Race

In today’s episode of TFB’s Behind The Gun Podcast we’re jumping back into some competition talk – but not the kind you’re going to find at your local gun range. Today we’re talking about the hardcore Tactical Adventure Race known as the Wolverine 5K. To help me describe this unique competition, I’ve brought on a group of guys who squatted together for the event. Philip, Brent, and Tyler come on the show today to share their experiences, along with their fourth squad mate Daryl’s at this year’s Wolverine 5K which took place back in the beginning of June. The Wolverine 5K differs from a typical two or three-gun competition in that it also incorporates aspects of land navigation, problem-solving, and decyphering messages, along with a pretty healthy amount of physical challenges as well just to make things more interesting. For more information on the Wolverine 5K, tune into this episode of TFB’s Behind The Gun Podcast, and be sure to check out the links below for registration info, or to ask our guests some more specific questions if you have them. Please welcome the Calumet Drop Outs (our guest’s squad name) to the show!

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Calumet Drop Outs
Finished 10/30 teams, 10/16 in the hardcore division
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