10-12 HOURS, 15-20 MILES

The original Challenge. Average completion rate: 94%.


We challenge you to put your team before yourself. We teach you how to lead, how to follow, and how to overcome adversity together. And you get to keep these lessons with you for the rest of your life.

This is the original GORUCK Event, the one where we prove to you that you are capable of so much more than you ever thought possible when you work as a team. Earn the GORUCK Tough patch and you’ll find out that it’s a way of life and a community with some of the best people you could ever hope to meet.

Weight Requirement

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.

If You Are 150 lbs. and Over

Monster explains the weight standards for GORUCK Challenges.

What to Bring

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

  • A rucksack or backpack (any kind will do, but of course we recommend GORUCK gear)
  • Your weight requirement (see above)
  • Water, 2L minimum (hydration bladder recommended)
  • Photo ID and cab fare in case you need to bail (but we hope you don’t)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • PT belt/reflective band around your ruck

As a team, you will also need one 25 lb. team weight and one American Flag.

The Patch You Earn: 2015

The Patch You Earn: 2016 - Charming The Snake

The snake represents the challenges in your life, the adversity we all face. Charming the Snake as a teaching concept is derived from tried and tested principles of the Green Berets. The lessons work in life, they work in business, they work in war. In essence, you don’t solve life’s toughest problems alone, and you don’t solve them with your body. If you try to kill all the snakes it will never work, there are too many. You solve the toughest challenges in life with your mind, and you do it together with other people that become part of your team, and you become part of theirs. Make friends and influence others if you wanna win kind of deal. That’s Charming the Snake.

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