Ready for Some Good Livin’?: The GORUCK Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay on November 8, 2013 · 1,556 comments

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Last year I was introduced to the mettle-testing world of GORUCK.

GORUCK was started by a Green Beret who wanted to offer civilians the same type of rugged backpack that he used during his military service. He then started the GORUCK Challenge as a way to field test his packs in a memorable and convincing way, but they became so popular that they took on a life of their own.

The Challenge is a 9-13 hour team event in which a Special Forces veteran — called a Cadre — leads you on a 15-20 mile “guided tour” of your city. It begins at night and runs until the morning. Along the way, you take part in military-inspired challenges and “missions,” which includes doing some basic training calisthenics, taking a little swim, carrying logs (and each other), and a lot of marching. Oh, and you do it all while wearing a backpack filled with 30 to 40 pounds of bricks and other equipment. They tell you to bring $20 for a taxi – if you can’t go on, you have to call one to pick you up. The GORUCK Challenge is designed to push the individual physically and mentally and build teamwork and camaraderie among those participating. It isn’t a race. You don’t get a medal for first prize. The goal of the Challenge is to finish it, and finish it as a team. “Good livin’” is what GORUCKers call it; it’s challenging and it hurts, but you kind of love it.


I did a challenge last year, and it was easier than I had anticipated. (You can read my review of it here.) Then I did one a few months ago with a different Cadre and it was about as hard as I had originally expected. Which is to say, pretty brutal. I came home with a bunch of big bruises and some black toenails that still haven’t disappeared.

The Challenges are a great way to build your physical and mental toughness and put your little problems into perspective. Every man needs to do something hard from time to time and check in to see where his mind and body are at. Are you ready to do that and also get a backpack that will last not only through the challenge but the rest of your life? Then read on.

The GORUCK Giveaway

The Prizes


GR1 Rucksack. GORUCK aims to bridge the gap between military and civilian, and this rugged rucksack certainly accomplishes that goal. Built in the USA of military-grade, highly water-resistant materials, the rucksack’s stress points have been strength tested at over 400 lbs, and it comes with a lifetime repairs guarantee. The pack will not only hold up during a GORUCK challenge but will also do duty for college life and traveling the world. They’ve even been used by Special Forces soldiers, who have reported that their durability and low profile relative to volume capacity make them an ideal assaulter’s pack. How’s that for versatility?



GORUCK Challenge in the city of your choice. One full night of Good Livin’. Mental and physical fortitude not included.

This prize combo has a $400 value!

How to Enter

  • Leave a comment telling us which GORUCK Challenge you’re going to do. If there isn’t a Challenge scheduled for near where you live and you just want to enter to win the bag, that’s okay too.
  • Do not make multiple comments. All comments are moderated, so your comment will not show up instantly, but will show up later once it’s approved.
  • If you are an email subscriber, do not reply to this email to make your entry. You must click on the title of this post, which will take you to the post on our web page. You must make your comment on the post on our web page to be entered.

Deadline to enter is November 14, 2013 at 5PM CDT.

We’ll then draw one random comment to select the winner. Good luck!

1501 Ryan S November 14, 2013 at 7:52 am

Princeton, NJ Saturday, May 17, 2014 2:00 PM. That is a man’s ruck…

1502 Brett November 14, 2013 at 7:56 am

I’d do any goruck light or challenge coming up in Atlanta.

1503 Kennedy Horton November 14, 2013 at 7:58 am

Memphis, TN on 12/21/2013

1504 Hunter White November 14, 2013 at 7:59 am

Orlando, Fl December 7!!

1505 jeromy November 14, 2013 at 8:04 am

san antonio

1506 PAUL November 14, 2013 at 8:48 am


1507 Antonio November 14, 2013 at 8:50 am

Just finished my first GORUCk this past Saturday, November 9th in Champaign, IL with a few veterans that are part of my gym. I was an awesome time and planning to do another soon.

1508 Spencer Hinton November 14, 2013 at 8:55 am

Denver, CO in May

1509 Joseph Hudson November 14, 2013 at 9:10 am

Columbus, OH, with my Army Reserve cousin, honoring his older brother who died in Iraq.

1510 Thom B. November 14, 2013 at 9:20 am

Light GORUCK in Charlotte in Jan. Just discovered GORUCK now because of you guys. The gear and events seem awesome!

1511 Chris November 14, 2013 at 9:50 am

Philadelphia, PA on Saturday December 21, 2013.

1512 tEd November 14, 2013 at 9:54 am

Saturday, June 7, 2014 – SCAVENGER in Minneapolis MN!!

1513 Andre Arceneaux November 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

I’m just in it for the bag.

1514 Kevin Easton November 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

Indianapolis on April 18

1515 Jeff November 14, 2013 at 10:03 am

Any challenge next year in southeast Virginia. Most likely a Heavy later in 2014 as well.

1516 Pete Schmitt November 14, 2013 at 10:05 am

Des Moines, IA Saturday, June 7, 2014 2:00 PM

1517 Joshua Dobler November 14, 2013 at 10:06 am

I want to attend the goruck challenge, San Diego on 5/2/14 at 21:00 hours. As a college student and fitness enthusiast, I think it would be a great way to work my way to the next level and help me manage stress befor finals .

1518 Ben Curnow November 14, 2013 at 10:39 am

Salt Lake City, UT
Challenge or Light
April 2014

1519 Luke November 14, 2013 at 10:46 am

Washington DC March 7th 2014

1520 Carl November 14, 2013 at 10:52 am

Austin Tx, May 30, 2014

I typo-ed my email on my earlier entry. Please Don’t THink that I’m entering twice!!

1521 Grant Huhn November 14, 2013 at 10:56 am

Portland, Oregon. Good Livin’. Saturday, March 22, 2014 2:00 PM. Here’s to good living!

1522 Jeremy Briggs November 14, 2013 at 11:11 am

Houston, TX Challenge Saturday, December 7, 2013 1:00 AM

1523 Paul November 14, 2013 at 11:13 am

Next one in Sioux Falls

1524 Ian Vissers November 14, 2013 at 11:13 am

I’m going to do the Washington, DC Light on Mar 8.

1525 AC Young November 14, 2013 at 11:14 am

Going for the bag, I’m looking at the March 2014 for Denver CO

1526 Oscar November 14, 2013 at 11:40 am

GORUCK Challenge at Tampa, FL on January 17, 2014!!!

1527 Dan November 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

Goruck Tampa. Anything worth doing is worth doing crazy.

1528 Mason Sale November 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm

There’s nothing going on where I live next summer, and who knows where I’ll be then.

But I’d like to enter to win the GR1.

1529 Alberto Salceda November 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I’d really just like the bag.

1530 Mark Herrington November 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm

commenting for chance to win the bag

1531 Trey Muston November 14, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I would love to do The GoRuck Light in Houston to get initiated into obstacle course running. I attempted to do a Spartan Race last year but was too scared and didn’t train enough to finish it. This time I’ve been working out more and eating way better on the paleo diet, I can do it for sure now!

1532 Cody November 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Friday, June 6, 2014, Des Moines, IA

1533 Amelia Chu November 14, 2013 at 12:48 pm

San Francisco, CA’s February 28!!

1534 Aaron November 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Newport Beach, CA Saturday, December 7, 2013 1:00 AM

Thanks and good luck to everyone.

1535 Roswell November 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Philadelphia, PA June 13, 2014

1536 Justin Walters November 14, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Memphis, TN I want the bag!

1537 The Other Luke November 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Richmond, VA March 28 or June 27

1538 Em November 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I’ve been hazed enough in my career so I’ll just comment for the bag right now.

1539 David November 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm

NY, NY on February 28th!

1540 Creighton Smith November 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Dayton, Ohio, sometime before I get married in July, 2014.

1541 Jarod November 14, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Would love the bag! Looks sweet!

1542 Joe November 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Fingers crossed this ruck goes to one of our awesome military personnel. Current or a Vet. Think about backing out if you’re not one of them, guys. Just a little something we can do for them.

1543 Paul V November 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Goruck makes awesome gear! Would love to have the bag!

1544 Divakar November 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I would love to wear that bag as i backpack Costa Rica!

1545 Ben Hawkins November 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Looking forward to a challenge, but facing a duty station in the coming months so can’t commit to particular challenge. Love the ruck – want one!

1546 David November 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Houston in March sounds like a fantastic idea. Has to be before the summer shows up again.

1547 Charlie Milburn November 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I love this company and would love a GR1!

1548 Chris November 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Would love to use that back pack for hiking!

1549 Oise Omoijuanfo November 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Cleveland, OH Friday, April 4, 2014 9:00 PM

1550 Spenser November 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Santa Fe, NM on January 17

1551 Thomas Obisesan November 14, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I really want this rucksack lol
But I also want to test my limits with this challenge, so lets go!

1552 Paden November 14, 2013 at 4:27 pm

I want to do the one in Shreveport LA

1553 Barrett Boone November 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm

GoRuck Challenge Ft. Worth in March

1554 J.gabriel November 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Wanted to do the Light with my wife a few weeks ago, but she got pregnant soon after we signed up, had to do it solo Time to do the Challenge–Phoenix, AZ Friday, May 2, 2014 9:00 PM.

1555 Ben November 14, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Louisville this summer

1556 Leigh November 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Keeping my eyes peeled for a Down Under challenge!

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