The following section will help you know what to expect from our events, and rucking in general, please read it in its entirety.
What does it cost?
There is no cost to participate in our events or practice rucks. For events we do ask you to weight your pack with specific items, usually nonperishable food, to be donated to our sponsored charity after the event is done. The types of requested items for each event may vary and will be listed on the event page.
Is it Family Friendly?
While we try and keep our events family friendly the ruck march itself is a strenuous activity done outside and smaller children may not be able to keep up. If your children are participating in the actual march make sure they drink plenty of water and bring a wagon or stroller they can ride if they get tired.
Is it Pet Friendly?
Pets must be kept on a leash at all times, make sure you have a way to give them water. Remember marches are often on hot pavement that may injure the pads of your dogs feet, pavement can be especially hot in the afternoon. Small dogs will likely have troubles with the lengths of marches. Cats will think your crazy if you ask them to march, but that’s what they think anyways.
What do I need to bring?
Bring plenty of water, especially on the practice rucks as it will not be provided. A good pair of shoes or boots, preferably with ankle support, is also required. Remember to wear comfortable and breathable clothes and bring a sturdy backpack or ruck.
Do I have to wear a ruck? (Backpack)
Yes we do ask in the nature of supporting our veterans you participate while wearing a rucksack but how much, or little, weight you choose to put in it should be based on your comfort level.
Is Rucking good exercise?
Rucking is great exercise! Carrying additional weight increases your calories burned without the need to run, how many more calories? 100 or more easily. Learn more in this great article on Military.com
Anything else I should know?
Ruck marching is a very strenuous activity, and the biggest threat is heat exhaustion. It is very important that you hydrate by drinking a lot of amount of water both in the days leading up to the event as well as during the march itself. Once you have reached the stage of heat exhaustion this is a serious medical emergency and you can die without professional medical intervention.
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