The bags found at the Army Navy Surplus store weren’t very sleek, and the gentlemen over at GORUCK decided to do something about that. They made a bag they claimed to be tough enough to hold up to whatever our armed forces could throw at it, and then they decided to market it to the general public.
It started as a form of product placement, as an advertisement. Over the years, it has grown into so much more.
The GORUCK Challenge was inspired by the Special Forces Training, and is a test of endurance for both the man (or woman) and the gear. It’s a test of teamwork, of camaraderie and boils down to pushing your limits and expectations. From their site: “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.”
Participants arrive at a predetermined location at a predetermined time for what they know will solely be a challenge. GORUCK encourages folks from all walks of life to sign up – young or old, male or female, military or civilian – to come together and unite to overcome the massive challenge of the unknown. Over 94% of participants complete the grueling 8-10 hour, 15-20 mile guided tour with a pack full of bricks. $10 of every entry fee benefits the Green Beret Foundation.
GORUCK is coming to Baltimore this fall. On November 10th, teams will disperse around Charm City to learn what, in GORUCK nomenclature, is known as, “Good Living.”
To learn more about the GORUCK Challenge, check out their site here
If you’re feeling particularly brave, it’s not too late to sign up here, although I’d highly recommend starting your training yesterday.
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