The GORUCK Challenge: A Review


go·ruck [verb go + verb ruck] noun ruck is short for rucksack (aka backpack), it’s also a verb: to ruck is to move with a rucksack, and implies action, energy, and purpose.

On June 1, 2012, some friends and I lined up to participate in the GORUCK challenge in San Francisco. Little did I know that this event would be a life changer for me. The event is described by GORUCK, LLC. as “8-10 HOURS. 15-20 MILES. GOOD LIVIN’.” If you look at most of the reviews, they are vague, shrouding the event in secrecy. I’m not going to spoil it for you either. There are many rumors out there. Some true some not. I can neither confirm or deny them. Here is what I will tell you. 

GORUCK is made up of Spec Ops personnel. Originally , they put the challenge together for the purpose of testing the high quality ruck sacks that they manufacture in Bozeman, Montana. It has turned into a challenge like no other available to civilians. 

Here is the GORUCK challenge in short:

You complete a 15-20 mile adventure with a group of like minded individuals led by experienced cadre (a nucleus or core group especially of trained personnel able to assume control and to train others). Along the way you are challenged mentally and physically to accomplished goals that can only be achieved by team work. 

Is it hard? HELL YES! Can you do it? HELL YES!

I trained as I normally do at Crossfit but doing all of my WODs with a weight vest that started out at 20lbs and increased to 35 lbs. Physically preparing is a necessity. They say it’s 90% mental and I tend to agree but am still sorting through that in my mind. What I can tell you for certain is that finishing and earning the GORUCK Tough patch and becoming part of the GRT family is 100% worth it! I’m proud to have been a part of class 177. 

Food Porn Friday

A different perspective on what is considered food porn. Last week during the GORUCK Challenge in San Francisco,  packets of almond butter, tanka bars and a larabar tasted like the best thing I’d ever eaten. 

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