A real challenge is not about you. It’s about the people to your left and right. At The GORUCK Challenge, your Spec-Ops Cadre ensures that you become a team through mission-based scenarios and lots of good livin’. This is our original event, and yes, it’s all that you’ve heard and so much more.


About GORUCK Challenge

The GORUCK Challenge is a team event, never a race. Think of it as a slice of Special Operations training where - from start to finish -- a Special Operations Cadre challenges, teaches, and inspires your small team to do more than you ever thought possible. Leadership is taught and teamwork is demanded on missions spanning the best of your city. The hardest part? Signing up.

Signing Up

Registration is individual, completion is collective. We recommend signing up with a friend, but you don’t have to. Either way, you will leave with about 29 friends for life. You will show up to the start point with water, wrapped bricks or a filler bag, and a rucksack full of anything else you need. You will meet your Special Operations Cadre there, and then it begins. You will stay with your team the duration of the Challenge. Your Cadre will be with you the entire time until the 30 individuals have become one team and earned the GORUCK Tough patch.


We are proud to say our pass rate is over 94%. We never tell people what they can’t do. We show them what they can do - together, as a team. Our favorite classes are those with a 100% pass rate.

The Patch

Challenge Event Patch

Those who complete GORUCK Challenge will earn the GORUCK Tough patch, which will never be for sale.



The GORUCK Challenge unit is a team, aka a class, of roughly thirty individuals, led by one Cadre. GORUCK Cadre all have Special Operations backgrounds. Challenge participants are from all walks of life - military and civilian, male and female, young and old. Military experience is not required. All are welcome, as long as you are 18 or older.

ACRT and Ruckoffs

ACRT = Advanced Cellular Repair Technology. AKA beer. A Ruckoff is when your ruck is off and you’re hanging out - our preference is over ACRT. But if your Challenge is later that night, it should probably just be over a lot of water. We highly recommend getting together for a Ruckoff with your class before the Challenge.


Sometimes GORUCK has a photographer on site at the Challenge, but not always. To be safe, feel free to ask (bribe) a friend to come and take photos. We’ll post our favorite Challenge photos to our social media.


GORUCK events are non-refundable. Transfers can be made to future Lights up to 7 days before the event. Just send us an email at info@goruck.com and one of our dedicated customer service representatives will be sure to assist you.

Packing List

Packing List

There are a few things you absolutely need for your Challenge:

  • A rucksack or backpack (any kind will do, but of course we recommend GORUCK gear)
  • Bricks or filled Filler Bags
  • Water - 2L minimum (hydration bladder recommended)
  • Cab fare if you need to bail (but we hope you don’t)
  • PT belt/reflective band around your ruck
  • Headlamp with extra batteries. We recommend TacTikka and Surefire.
  • As a team, you will also need one 25lb team weight and one American flag.
  • Obviously, there’s plenty of other gear that makes life easier during an event. Download the full Packing List PDF for more gear suggestions.


You have two options for weighing down your ruck. The first is bricks. You will need 4 bricks if you are under 150 pounds, 6 if you are over. Life isn’t fair. Each brick should weigh 4-6 pounds. Wrap your bricks with duct tape to protect your gear. Label your bricks (each package if wrapped separately) with your name and phone number. Bricks will be inspected by the Cadre at the starting point.

Option two is to use sandbag fillers to weigh down your ruck. If you are under 150 pounds use a 20 pound sandbag and a 40 pound sandbag if over. Sand get’s heavy when wet, so we recommend placing the filler bag in a contractor bag or something else waterproof. We have a variety of Filler Bags you can check out.


Even though finishing the Challenge is all mental, thriving is a different story. Check out our 6 Week Plan on GORUCK’s Training page. Get used to weight on your back, increase your endurance, and come ready. Local partner gyms are listed on your GORUCK Challenge’s event page.


Custom Challenge

Can’t find a Challenge in your area? Private party? GORUCK Custom Events take place wherever you want with whoever you want.

Create a Custom Challenge here.

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