RETURN TO NORMANDY FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE
Best Defense Foundation and the NFL, along with GORUCK, are bringing D-Day heroes back to the beaches of Normandy for the 75th Anniversary. You can help make that a reality.
This opportunity allows some of our most celebrated heroes, America's 'Greatest Generation’, to finally, after all these many years, connect with their brothers-in-arms and gain a small amount of closure - for each and every one of them lost brothers in WWII.
Join us in support of Best Defense Foundation by pledging miles and participating in a virtual rucking fundraiser. Commemorate the D-Day Landings by rucking and re-enacting OSS movements in honor of America’s Greatest Generation who liberated France and Europe. Learn more about the rucks and workouts here.
25 total miles +
50 total miles +
75 total miles +
This interactive rucking challenge directly supports the Best Defense Foundation’s goal of $50,000, which will allow them to increase their program capacity - allowing more of our greatest heroes to experience this journey - many of whom are in their mid to late nineties. Pick your distance and do the work. Win win.
What is Rucking?
RUCK•ING [VERB] // Walking with a weighted rucksack (aka backpack). It implies action, energy, and purpose. Rucking requires strength, endurance, and character -- and builds it, too.
Moving with weight on your back is the foundation of Special Forces training - and GORUCK Events. Rucking combines strength and cardio, is adaptable to anyone’s goals based on the amount of weight carried, and is a popular, empowering activity for those who hate to run or find it boring.
How it Works
Pledge Miles by Ordering Your Patch
Pick from the 3 options and order your patch. Your donation amount is based on the number of miles and workouts you want to do.
Complete the Workouts
Starting June 1, you're on the honor system to complete the workouts. Each workout correlates with OSS movements from the D-Day Landings.
Get Your Patch
Once the challenge has ended in June, you will be rewarded for all your hard work. Patches will ship out during the month of July. We will be in touch once they ship out.
Check out the map and details of the actual ruck marches that took place to complete the mission on D-day. When completing your miles, pick one of their routes, read about it and dedicate your ruck to America’s Greatest Generation who liberated France and Europe
"Taking care of the ones who took care of us!"
— Donnie Edwards, Best Defense Foundation Founder
Best Defense Foundation
Best Defense Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on helping our military veterans and their families. Best Defense was founded by Donnie Edwards, a retired NFL football player who has spent the last 22 years giving back to our military. He has done numerous USO tours, visited many military bases and accompanied hundreds of WWII veterans and Vietnam veterans back to their battlefields. His dedication and support for our military is unwavering.
Started in 2008 by an Army Green Beret, GORUCK is an American brand with Special Forces roots pioneering rucking as a fitness activity. From start to finish, GORUCK designs, tests, and proudly overbuilds military-grade travel gear, training equipment, performance apparel and footwear. GORUCK also conducts team-building events that simulate the training and conditions of Special Forces, led by combat-decorated veterans of Special Forces.
We are excited to be teaming up with the Best Defense Foundation and honoring these WWII veterans at our special GORUCK events in Normandy on June 4. Do this challenge with us to honor them and be there in spirit.
Previous Monthly Challenges
May: Honoring Service
May's #RuckingChallenge honored those who serve: Firefighters, Teachers, Law Enforcement Officers, EMS, & Military members. Each week we honored a different group that serves with a specific workout. Still need to claim your patch? Order here through June 7.
April: Lucky Number 7
Who doesn’t love the number 7? The April challenge was to complete 7 PT workouts by the end of the month.
March: Ruck Your Dog
March was the Ruck Your Dog Virtual Fundraiser benefiting Pets for Patriots. Ruck Your Dog is about getting some quality miles under a ruck with one of your best friends in the world.
February's challenge was 1 mile per day, for all 28 days straight. Hide the Miles. Each week, you had to add more weight (you pick) to your rucksack.
January: Resolution Ruck
We started with year off strong with the challenge to do 50 miles in 15 days. Almost 6,000 Ruckers completed the challenge for a total of 30,000 miles. Check out photos from #RESOLUTIONRUCK.
WHAT IS RUCKING?
RUCK•ING [VERB] Walking with a weighted rucksack (aka backpack). Rucking implies action, energy, and purpose. Rucking is the foundation of Special Forces training and can be done at any weight. Learn more about rucking here.
WHAT IS A VIRTUAL RUCK?
A virtual ruck is a rucking event that you do on your own time, at your own pace, anywhere you want. We recommend you find some friends or a local Ruck Club to share your miles with.
WHAT DO I NEED IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE?
You only need 3 things to start rucking: a ruck aka backpack, some water, and your weight. When in doubt, start with 20 lbs. It’s better with friends and dogs and you can do it anywhere with anyone no matter their ability, or yours.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Participating in the #RuckingChallenge and the patch you earn upon completion is FREE.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T FINISH MY MILES?
You're on the honor system so that part's up to you.
WHAT’S A RUCK CLUB?
The mission of GORUCK Ruck Clubs is to inspire, promote, and support rucking and strengthen communities through rucking. A club in your area may be anything from a gym to a local crew, but all with the same goal - smiles and miles. Find your local Ruck Club here.
WHAT’S A CADRE?
GORUCK Cadre are rucking experts. They are all decorated combat Veterans of Special Operations who have served America, and Americans, honorably across the globe. Rucking is the foundation of Special Forces training and Green Berets are well versed in shouldering heavy rucks through cities, mountains, jungles and deserts, in war and in peace -- alone when they must, together whenever possible.
WHAT IF I'VE GOT MORE QUESTIONS?
No problem. Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you taken care of.