24+ HOURS, 40+ MILES
The ultimate team event. Average completion rate: 50%
This is a test of your desire to overcome under conditions of significant physical and mental stress. There’s more weight, more miles, and no sleep which makes for a lot more time for the Cadre to push participants past their limits.
Beat-downs are stupid, and GORUCK is never bootcamp. Heavy is, however, a significant undertaking and not for the faint of heart.
What to Bring
There are a few things you absolutely need for your Heavy:
- A rucksack or backpack (any kind will do, but of course we recommend GORUCK gear)
- Your weight requirement
- One Carabiner per participant. Do not buy anything crazy, just a normal carabiner that you would feel safe rappelling with.
- It is recommended that participants wear some sort of boots that have ankle support. The reasoning behind this is that running shoes do not provide the support to carry a weighted ruck while moving great distances for a 24 hour time period. A good set of Merrell’s will work just fine.
- Hydration System is required. We recommend a capacity to hold 3L of water. We recommend Source Hydration Bladder.
- Extra Socks
- Pay attention to the weather and bring the appropriate amount of cold and wet weather gear.
- All participants will bring an extra set of warm clothes. These clothes will be placed into a trash bag and placed in the vehicle that you arrive to the start point in. If for some reason you quit, these clothes will be readily available. You will provide the trash bag as well as what vehicle these clothes get stored in. The trash bags need to be marked and will be inspected at the initial inspection.
- Pack enough food to last you 24 hours. By all means make sure that you bring a 12 course meal and fit it inside your ruck.
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- PT belt/reflective band around your ruck
- 20 dollars in cash and a photo identification in case you decide that the GORUCK Heavy is not for you. This will be used as your cab fare to take you back to the start point.
- Friends, it’s less scary that way and the more people you have in the class, the less weight you have to carry in the form of coupons.
As a team, you will also need one 50 lb. team weight and one American Flag.The team weight needs to weigh 50 pounds at the beginning and at the end. No wheels will be attached to the team weight and it must be carried throughout the class. Team weights need to be in compliance with Special Forces Rule #1.
The weight in your rucksack aka backpack makes it rucking. The amount you carry is based on your weight. Choose one of the following:
If You Are Under 150 lbs.
- 20 LB Ruck Plate (or equivalent)
- or 4 wrapped bricks
- or 20 LB Filler Bag
If You Are 150 lbs. and Over
- 30 LB Ruck Plate (or equivalent)
- or 6 wrapped bricks
- or 30 LB Filler Bag
PT Test & Training
There will be a PT test in the beginning of the event. The PT test is used as a gauge for the Cadre to be able to assess your physical ability. The PT test will consist of 2 minutes of Push-ups, 2 minutes of Sit-ups and a 12 mile road march. The Push-ups and Sit-ups are without your ruck and the road march is with your ruck.
Participants need to be in good physical fitness condition. You will be carrying a 25LB / 35 LB ruck for over 24 hours so focus your efforts on Endurance and be able to carry weight for over 40 miles. If you can pass the Army Physical Fitness Test with 300 points in your gender/age group and ruck with a 35 LB rucksack for 12 miles in under 3 hours, you are off to a excellent start.