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!

1401 Drew November 13, 2013 at 11:16 am

GRC – Charlotte – April 2014

1402 Mark H November 13, 2013 at 11:23 am

Goruck Light, Portland OR

1403 James Delgadillo November 13, 2013 at 11:29 am

I am training for the GORUCK challenge in Sacramento, CA on June 13, 2014. Would be very grateful for a pack to get my training as realistic to challenge day!

1404 MattC November 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

Challenge- Cleveland OH- June 2014

1405 David November 13, 2013 at 11:33 am

I would like to make the GoRuck in Cleveland, OH.

1406 Myles Butler November 13, 2013 at 11:37 am

Just entering to win the bag.

1407 Paul D. November 13, 2013 at 11:55 am

Go Ruck Washington DC.

1408 Philip November 13, 2013 at 11:56 am

GORUCK either in Chattanooga or Nashville!

1409 CRP November 13, 2013 at 11:59 am

SLC, UT April.

1410 Jason M November 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm

GoRuck Savannah, GA 9 MAY 2014

1411 Justin November 13, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I would to see a GRC in Rapid City, SD so I will just say Rapid City, SD in the hopes that one will magically appear!!

1412 dpfourfivefouressoh November 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Selection 12/26/13…and the real selection in a few months.

1413 Bill Picard November 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Hippy-Dippy Austin, TX
January 10, 2014

1414 Ryan Prendergast November 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Also entering to win the bag.

1415 Michels November 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Miami, jan 31st 2014

This is my second challenge and my wife wanted to do one for our wedding anniversary.

1416 Matthew LaGrassa November 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm

May 2014 – Philadelphia.
More good livin’

1417 AJ November 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm

GoRuck San Francisco

1418 Sonny November 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm


1419 Ray Vickers November 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm

entering to win the bag

1420 William Bryan November 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I dont know if I am man enough to complete this but I sure as hell would like to find out. I hear Charlotte NC has one coming up and I would be proud to be a part of it.

1421 Greg November 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Entering to win bag.

1422 Brandon November 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Des Moines, IA in March

1423 Brian November 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm

GORUCK Light – Austin, TX in May – a new pack would definitely help make the training a little more realistic.

1424 Steve S November 13, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Entering to win a bag. Waiting for my back to heal up before signing up. The ruck would be part of my training tools.

1425 Wil Bryan November 13, 2013 at 1:08 pm

I dont know if I am man enough to complete the challenge or not but I would be love the opportunity to try to keep up and proud to run with anyone in Charlotte NC in 2014. thanks!

1426 Alan Smith November 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Goruck DC, December 6 2013

1427 TJ November 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Friday June 20th, Buffalo, NY

1428 Tyler Andrews November 13, 2013 at 1:17 pm

GR Challenge San Diego CA 5/02/14
GR Scavenger San Diego CA 5/17/14

1429 Jon Bradbury November 13, 2013 at 1:18 pm

No challange yet, but I’m hoping to win the bag!

1430 Gregory Pritchard November 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm

London March 8th 2014

1431 Scott Sideleau November 13, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I really want to do the GoRuck Light in Providence, RI. Being the lucky recipient of a GR1 would solidify the decision.

1432 Callen M. November 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Just entering for the bag.

1433 Shane M. November 13, 2013 at 1:44 pm

There are no challenges near me, though I wish there was. I’m just entering to win the bag.

1434 Vincent L November 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I’m doing my first goruck in NYC on my birthday this coming March.

1435 Jefferson J November 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Grand Rapids, MI April 2014

1436 Matt November 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I just lost a ton of weight and the goruck is my long tern goal, but for now I’m just entering to win the bag.

1437 Hector C November 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm

The closes event is about 8 hours away. Won’t be able to make it. I’d definitely like the bag, though!

1438 Jim Goldsmith November 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I’m already doing one this weekend in Dallas! Using an off brand ruck.

Would love to do another one though… with a GR1. DFW 3/28 2014.

1439 Mark T November 13, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Too fat to do go-ruck right now. Too much beer lately. I would like one of those bags though. Could be a nice birthday gift since today’s my birthday.

1440 Devin W. November 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Salt Lake City, UT

1441 Jacob Woloshin November 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Toronto, Canada. April 2014
Hopefully it will be warm enough by then.

1442 Bob H. November 13, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Unfortunately there are no challenges in central Kansas, but I am interested in possibly trying to attend a challenge sometime. The bag is awesome and seems extremely durable which would be fantastic for hiking!

1443 Aaron November 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Detroit – April 25, 2014

1444 nathan November 13, 2013 at 3:32 pm

GRC Santa Cruz Saturday Nov 16.

1445 Travis November 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I would like the bag for my training for the GORUCK on July 4th in San Francisco. I am in college and do not have a lot of money. Thanks!

1446 Yao "CrotchRocket Mane" November 13, 2013 at 4:03 pm


1447 Braden November 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm

GRC Chicago, June.

1448 David N November 13, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Would love to win the bag, no goruck challenge in the UK :-(

1449 dp November 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm

hoping to do one of the upcoming dc events

1450 Jeff L November 13, 2013 at 4:36 pm

GOLUCK to my GORUCK entry for the bag.

1451 August November 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm

I don’t have a Challenge near me, but the bag would be well put to use on weekend hiking trips!

1452 Stephanie Sankey November 13, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Just entering to win the Goruck rucksack, thanks!!! I live in Manchester, UK

1453 Andrew November 13, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Colorado Springs, CO Challenge Friday, April 11, 2014 9:00 PM

1454 William McCarthy November 13, 2013 at 5:11 pm

July 4th 2014 In NYC! Ready for Some Good Livin!

1455 Bryan November 13, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Just entering to win the bag!

1456 David P. November 13, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Pittsburgh, PA on April 4, 2014!

1457 Benjamin Nutt November 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Boulder, CO – June 2014

1458 jason November 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm

GORUCK – Los Angeles

1459 K Core November 13, 2013 at 6:03 pm

I was already preppin’ for the one here in Tulsa! Glad you guys posted this on the AoM, its a great program. I hope to one day complete the “real” challenge in Ft. Bragg.
Thanks guys!

Tulsa, OK Friday, February 21, 2014 9:00 PM
Tulsa, OK Friday, May 9, 2014 9:00 PM

1460 Tony A November 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm

GORUCK Detroit June 2014

1461 Mel November 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I’d like to try the Princeton, NJ challenge.

1462 Logan November 13, 2013 at 6:31 pm

I’d like to do the challenge in Houston, TX on December 7th.

1463 Dave November 13, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Will look for the next GORUCK challenge in Ottawa or Toronto, Canada. And that GR1 Rucksack would be handy for day to day good livin’.

1464 Addison November 13, 2013 at 6:39 pm

GRC-Indianapolis-April 2014

1465 Eric K November 13, 2013 at 6:39 pm

I plan on attending the event in Kansas City, Missouri. Saw this on AoM just shortly after seeing GoRuck online. Cool product!

1466 Jeffery November 13, 2013 at 6:44 pm

This bag looks amazing.

1467 John November 13, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Oh man, this is an awesome giveaway.

I’ve got my eye on the April 11 Event in Toronto!

1468 Bryan A. November 13, 2013 at 6:59 pm

GORUCK in Anaheim in December 21!

1469 Fue Thao November 13, 2013 at 7:01 pm

GORUCK – Sacramento, CA!!

1470 Dave November 13, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Just the pack

1471 Ahmed Shafiq November 13, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Entering to try my luck for the draw.

1472 Jay K. November 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Entering for the bag!

1473 Nate November 13, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Philly June 2014…boy that’d be neat

1474 Ross S November 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Go Ruck Light – Minneapolis – June 21

1475 Gene November 13, 2013 at 9:12 pm

San Francisco, CA – Sept. 2014

1476 Morris November 13, 2013 at 9:16 pm


1477 john rolfe November 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Ain’t gonna lie, entering for that sweet pack.

1478 Wade Cloud November 13, 2013 at 9:29 pm

GoRuck, SA, TX

1479 Doc Gill November 13, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Got a “Seniors” GORUCK? My years as a Navy Diving Med Tech assigned to units such as Underwater Construction Teams 1 and 2, Mobile Divining & Salvage Unit 2, SEAL Team 4 (as a Tech) I accumulated service connected injuries to both knees and right shoulder. As such, participating in GORUCK activities would likely be limited to telling sea stories of how great I used to be.

1480 Justin November 13, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Nothing in my area, but I would like to win the bag.

1481 Justin November 13, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Plan on next June in chicago!

1482 Maxwell November 13, 2013 at 10:10 pm

I’m doing GORUCK in San Francisco, CA in february 14. And I want that bag!

1483 Kyle Ruts November 13, 2013 at 10:14 pm

St. Louis, MO Challenge Friday, February 28, 2014 9:00 PM

1484 David Whyte November 13, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Im training to do a Challenge in L.A. or Newport Beach! Having that bag would be awesome.

1485 Michael Briggs November 13, 2013 at 11:30 pm

I need to raise the funds to sign up for the challenge, but hopefully I will be participating in the one on January 3, 2014 in Los Angeles with my brother.

1486 Mateo November 14, 2013 at 12:27 am

Seattle, WA March, 28th 2014

1487 Sam Monsen November 14, 2013 at 1:17 am

Nashville, Tennessee January 3rd.

1488 Zac Garza November 14, 2013 at 2:14 am

I am currently training for the GORUCK Challenge in Sacramento, CA on Friday, March 21.

1489 Dan November 14, 2013 at 3:23 am

Just the bag- about to move to Croatia with my fiance, a new bag would rule!

1490 Koen November 14, 2013 at 4:26 am

Entering to test the bag in rainy Dutch weather.

1491 Robert Pedersen November 14, 2013 at 6:03 am

Challenge – Chattanooga, TN – June 2014

1492 Dean November 14, 2013 at 6:26 am

Entering for the GR Echo!

1493 Vincent November 14, 2013 at 6:53 am

2014 Bucket List Item: GRC – Chicago, IL 04-18-14

1494 Barrett November 14, 2013 at 6:55 am

Entering to win the ruck.

1495 Mark Linger November 14, 2013 at 7:00 am

Need that bag so I can go sign up! And who doesn’t want the best backpack in the world?

1496 Kristopher Richardson November 14, 2013 at 7:02 am

Virginia Beach, Virginia!

1497 Kevin November 14, 2013 at 7:24 am

Tulsa, OK

1498 Jeff Powell November 14, 2013 at 7:31 am

Go Ruck St. Louis.

1499 Daniel Dalton November 14, 2013 at 7:39 am

Greensboro, NC – December 21, 2013

1500 Trent November 14, 2013 at 7:41 am

The next one closest to Tulsa

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