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Do You Want to Be Challenged? Win a Free GORUCK Challenge at ITS Tactical!

By Bryan Black

Both Mike and I have completed a GORUCK Challenge and I feel that I speak for both of us, when I say it was a fantastic experience that we’d recommend to anyone willing to challenge themselves.

Personally I feel like the GORUCK Challenge is truly an adventure that will introduce you to yourself. By that, I mean that if you’ve never been through a true challenge that tested you both mentally and physically, how can you truly know yourself and your strengths and weaknesses? My answer to that, short of enlisting in the Military and volunteering for Special Forces or Special Operations, is to give GORUCK a shot.

I feel the experience you’ll gain through GORUCK is fundamentally better than any Mud Run type race around and GORUCK is certainly well beyond that level to begin with. I’d invite you to read through the  after action report from my GORUCK Challenge, as well as Mike’s write-up that finally convinced me to try it out. They offer two entirely different perspectives to GORUCK, mine from a Military background and Mike’s from a civilian background.

Today is about giving you a chance to participate in a GORUCK Challenge for free! We’ve teamed up with GORUCK to offer you a spot and all that we want you to do is leave a comment with at least 50 words, describing why you’d like to attend a Challenge. We’ll select what we feel is the most compelling comment and the winner will get to choose the destination where they’d like to attend a GORUCK Challenge for free!

While I urge you to read through the AAR’s above, the Challenge is  about fire in the gut, mental toughness and  functional strength! This is for everyone regardless of age or gender, I just want to make that clear.

All entries must be received by Sunday, October 7th at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. We’ll choose the best entry soon after and post up with the winner! A huge thanks to GORUCK for their help in making this contest happen and for their continued support!



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  • Mickel Evangelista

    I am nervous to walk in front of my shadow before this year. People told me to embrace the suck but I did not know what it would do to me once I let it go. I believe Goruck will help me find my strength after all the weakness has been expanded. I truly want to be challenged for the same reason people want to quit smoking or anything bad for them. It’s a change. It’s living in the uncomfortable and paying for it with more than money. Help me evolve.

  • This is for my good friend, fellow cadet, and future Army Officer, Matthew Green.

    He moved down to South Texas from Vermont a few years ago with his wife to attend college and participate in Army ROTC. Recently he went through a painful divorce and came to find out she had a guy on the side for quite a while prior to. A few weeks go by and a car pulls out in front of his motorcycle and he’s laid up in the hospital and his bike is totaled. Not only does he pull himself up by the bootstraps, but he’s been pushing the doctor’s and his own expectations for weeks and has almost fully recovered. But why stop there? Matt started rucking recently and is trying to complete his first extreme challenge/race in October.

    He’s back on his way to becoming an Army Officer (and back in the dating game); this GoRuck Challenge would be an excellent experience for him… especially if he were able to be in the October 20th 10PM San Antonio Class with my wife and I!

  • Rene Moreno

    So why the Go Ruck Challenge? I have always been the type of person to try to push myself above and beyond my capabilities. When I was in the Army from 2000-2007, I wanted to join the Special Forces. After a few months of training, and doing all the HOOAH stuff my unit was doing, my knees started to bother me. My dream to go to the SF assessment course never happened, and was separated from the military. I keep myself in shape doing CrossFit and maintain myself as fit as possible. I keep wondering what could have been if I would have done it. I saw this come up and saw this as a chance to test myself. I am always up for a challenge. I want to do this to my two fallen brothers that I had the privilege to serve with; SPC Maurice Johnson and CPT Sean Lyerly.


  • Brad

    I highly recommend people sign up, both ladies and gents. You’ll learn a whole hell of a lot about yourself and what it means to work as a team. This isn’t an individual event.

    Ruck On.

    GRT Class 202

  • Ben

    I’ve been working on losing enough weight so the challenge will be something I can take part in. Im down 50lbs of my 100 goal. My 1mi run time is finally below the double digits @ 9:42.

    My motivation is a quote, I heard, I believe it was a comment about BUD(s) that applies just as well to GoRuck: “if you’re someone who is willing to sign up for this your someone who can complete it.” I’m willing to sign up and I’m ready to complete it and become ‘GoRuck Tough’.

  • Nick

    I’m fat. I’m getting old. I have a desk job. There’s no challenge in my daily life other that can’t be solved by a phone call or a mouse click. There’s no test to see what I’m made of or what I can do. There’s no way I can push myself to the limits in my daily life. I look at the GoRuck challenge and realize that I’m far away from being able to attempt it physically, but I know that’s only half the event. The GoRuck challenge, to me, is about fighting until I have nothing left. To me, it’s not about completing the challenge, it’s about learning to persevere.

  • Nele Schulze

    OCRs, challenges, anything that tests me and pushes me in a different setting gives me a break. To me, going 12 hours with a backpack full of bricks doing exercises is a “break” mentally. I NEED to push myself. I just need the help to get there.

  • Eva Bigongiari

    Many times people let themselves be defined by the jobs that they do every day. I’m a self-employed personal trainer, but for the last 5 years my life has mainly been consumed by being a stay-at-home mom to my 5 year old and one year old daughters. These are relationships and responsibilities that I take very seriously. The daily tasks of motherhood are not rocket science or a special physical challenge, but getting them done day in and day out takes a certain degree of mental toughness. Unfortunately, that mental toughness is overlooked or completely devalued to the world at large. After 5 years of motherhood, I’ve lost my Bad Ass card in the eyes of many. I need to complete a GoRuck Challenge to show the world that I am one Tough Mother. No one sucks it up and drives on like a Mom. I need to complete a GoRuck Challenge to show my daughters that “lady” and “tough” can go together without diminishing the other. I need to complete a GoRuck Challenge to remind myself that, though my average day may not be physically demanding, I am capable of so much more. This is not just something I want to do, it’s something I NEED to do.

    I adapted a portion of the SEAL creed which I keep in my training journal: “…I will persevere and thrive on adversity. My FAMILY expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than the average woman. If knocked down, I will get back up every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my FAMILY…I am never out of the fight. I am a MOM.”

  • Eric Senf

    Last May I completed my first GORUCK Challenge, wanting to see if the same fires were burning that burned 1/2 my life ago as a US Army Infantry combat soldier. Unfortunately my good friend, who was participating in the Challenge with me, injured himself about three weeks before the event, while we were working out together (a 10 lb steel plate from about 6 feet does wonders to the toes). I promised that I would do another Challenge with him; anywhere, any time. He just signed up for the March event in Minneapolis, so by duty, I will be there, in the Minnesota cold, enduring the glorious suffering; and a free Challenge would be the awesomest. I even sported an ITS logo sticker on my brick pill, which will be used for my second. And that’s good livin’.

  • Ross

    Recently stationed at Ft. Carson, I’m a captain in the US Army. Two weeks ago I saw a GORUCK Challenge class going up the Incline. I chatted with a couple of the guys as they were making their way to the top. My watch read 1030 and these guys told me they’d been going since 0100 on a route from downtown Colorado Springs, through Garden of the Gods, up the Incline, and then all the way back. At that moment I didn’t feel so tired- me carrying only my camelback and lunging almost a mile of stairs while these guys were wearing brick-loaded packs, passing a keg and a pelican case filled with bricks between the group. It’s my pipe dream to be the first dentist to go through SFAS and the Q-Course since ’92. I completed a Tough Mudder last April and this November I’ll be competing in World’s Toughest Mudder. A GORUCK Challenge would be another great rung in the ladder toward my goal.


    I started becoming interested in adventure races when I discovered Tough Mudder a few years ago. When I saw that GORUCK started their own “team based,” Cadre ran challenge I knew I had to try it. I’ve wanted to join the community since I was 9 so it had my name all over it. Unfortunately, my health was slowly becoming an issue. I was eventually diagnosed with stage III Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a common cancer for young men like myself. At 22, I had deteriorated into a shell of what I was. One major symptom of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is drastic weight loss, and by the time treatment began I had lost nearly 80 pounds. I finished chemo in December of 2011, and have spent the last 8 months rebuilding my mind and body. I don’t know if I’m physically capable of finishing this challenge, but I’d rather pass out on the pavement than sit in this chair and wonder.

    Thanks guys,
    Andrew Scibetta

  • Aaron

    I’m a Firefighter/Paramedic in an urban fire department. But, for me, that was always plan B. Since childhood, I’ve wanted to be a Navy SEAL. Through setbacks and circumstances, however, I allowed my desire to be sidetracked. But, since February of the this year, I have been training to apply for the SEAL challenge contract and to go to BUD/S. I’m currently working Stew Smith’s program. I learned about the GoRuck challenges from Bryan’s AAR. As soon as I heard about it, I knew I needed to do it. I’ve been saving up for one of their packs and a challenge and was planning to attend in December. For me GoRuck is not an event, it is training and preparation. Please consider me for the GoRuck scholarship.

    “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt

  • Josh VandeWiele

    I want to win a GoRuck slot, but not for myself. I’ll buy my own, but I want my fiancée (wife next month) to win this.
    I just completed my first GoRuck this past weekend in Iowa – Class 261! I was in the Marine Corps for four years and the GRC was a great way to commemorate 10 years since I graduated boot camp. I met some wonderful people and it brought back a flood of memories from the Corps.
    My fiancée works out with me daily and she is physically tough d. I want her to win this slot so she can prove to herself that she has the mental toughness I already know she has. She’s most amazing woman I know and I’d love my next challenge in April to be with her.

  • Svend

    As a former athlete in HS and college I routinely faced challenges. As a NFO for 25 years I routinely faced challenges. I want to face challenges again.

  • Rick


    My name is Rick. I am a 30 year old, reluctant business man. About 6 years ago I found myself not caring for the business world. The work is not overly challenging, the pay is moderate, but I left work everyday feeling uninspired. As if what I did everyday, did not matter. I made a decision to change careers, to try and become a police officer. I find law enforcement to be a wonderfully honorable, interesting, and worthwhile career field.

    I have tried to change careers, to no avail. I paid my own way through school, while working fulltime, and relatively keeping my wife happy. It will be 3 years this December, since I graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and Police Academy training. My academy training expires at the end of the year. To become a police officer means starting over from scratch.

    Economically, this is not viable.

    The realization that unless I get in to a hiring process soon, within the next 4-6 weeks, I will not be hired by the end of the year, has left me depressed about the world. I used to stay in decent shape, it was fun. Nowadays, I can barely get out of bed on time. I used to believe depressed people were just lazy, but being in the midst of it, I now see things differently. It is incredibly difficult to be motivated, to do almost anything, when everything you have tried professionally has failed. Again, and again, and again.

    I have become a fan of obstacle course races. From a distance. I have had three primary excuses for not racing: Either they were too far away, or I was not in shape for them, or they were too expensive. This mindset has recently changed, I volunteered at Joe Decker’s The Suck, in Cuba IL. Joe is a fitness icon, winning 2 Spartan Death Races back to back, finishing Badwater Ultra Marathon, and many other inspiring things.

    So, I drove 5 hours down to his event. It was a wild experience, seeing people doing amazing things for 36 hours straight. It was inspiring to meet some amazing athletes, even spending about 30 minutes with Joe one on one as we traversed a ravine in the dark, hanging glow sticks (You had to be there). They have inspired me to get moving, to not be depressed about my situation, but to be able to look at it, and just deal with it, by realizing there are some many other things to do in life. Several of the racers told me about their experiences in various Goruck Challenges, and how it helped them move forward and really challenge and embolden them. How their first step was getting in to a GRC.

    I would love for this same type of opportunity.

  • Mark Edmead

    Last year, at the young age of 52 I was diagnosed with stage 3 throat cancer. I don’t and never smoked. I thought of myself as a normal guy with average workout and eating habits. I tried to take care of myself by eating right and being somewhat physical.

    Late 2010 I noticed that it was hard for me to swallow. At first I thought it was a throat infection. After repeated visits to my general doctor she sent me to an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor. He put a camera device down my nose and down to my throat. He noticed a growth that looked like cancer. On February 16, 2011 he performed a biopsy. It was cancer. Stage 3. SHOCK! I’m like WTF?

    So beginning in March 2011 I started 8 weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Needless to say it was the worse time of my life ever. I could not eat so I had a tube installed in my stomach so I can be fed this liquid nutrient meal. I went from 260 lbs to 175 lbs. I was weak and bedridden. Because I could not work I ended having to sell my house and move into a smaller place. I lost my appetite. Lost my ability to taste food. Even to produce saliva (because of the radiation) There were many times that I felt like I wanted to give up. I was in a very dark place…

    But because of friends and family I prevailed. I completed my treatments. In August 2011 I was diagnosed as cancer-free! I appetite slowly came back. I started eating but this time only healthy foods. I began working out. In fact I became obsessive about health and fitness. In early 2012 I started doing Crossfit. Love it! I try to do it as often as I can…

    My son introduced me to Goruck. Love their products. Then I found out about the challenge. This is something I want to do. This is something I NEED to do. I want to prove to myself that I have what it takes I want to prove to others that getting cancer is not the end!

  • Cj

    If you want something to change, you have to go out and start making things happen. This past year, I’d like to think I’ve been doing just that. I started doing CrossFit and eating better in my quest to be selected for Army OCS sometime next year. I moved from my hometown of Houston up to Denver. I started going out and meeting all kinds of people. I think of how I’m shaping myself to be (hopefully) worthy of becoming an Officer every day. I feel that being able to absorb your bearings, adapt and overcome uncomfortable situations is definitely part of that, and it’s something the GORUCK challenge offers.

    You meet a bunch of crazy strangers, run around and do difficult tasks all night (somewhat willingly), and in that process turn the pain and frustration into some beautiful gel of teamwork. I want to experience the mental strain; the quelling of that tiny voice in the back of your mind that so often wins. It breaks you down in the beginning, but when you come through it makes you stronger. It makes the daylight that much sweeter. It brings strangers closer in a weird bond within hours of meeting each other. This, I feel, is one of the only things I can do as a civilian that can bring me as close to anything remotely experienced in the military. I want this.

  • Andrea Piscopo

    Why should I attend a GRC? I am a 33 year old, Mother of 2, trying to work my way through my own demons – I have been in abusive relationships and use each challenge as a way to gain more self confidence emotionally. I hope one day that I can inspire other women (and men) to push through their struggles and not let their experiences define them but rather use those experiences as learning tools to where they WANT to be. I want my children to one day be proud of me for who I am and who I will become. I may not be the fastest, or strongest…but I can assure you, I have a giant heart and a lot of grit. THAT is why I should attend (and complete) a GRC and become GRT.

  • mark smith

    I thought about this a long time. Should I tell the could have, should have, would have story.Should I talk about inspiration, forging a new me, testing the ability of the human body. These would be all great things to talk about. But for me its this. We go through life everyday walking in the suck, for once I want to embrace the suck and then buy it a beer.

  • This is for my buddy Dave.

    I first met Dave about five years ago through a mutual friend. We were introduced because we both had an abnormal interest in gear and firearms, to the chagrin of our wives. Dave always brought an enthusiasm for finding new and exciting gear. He also motivated me to improve my skills when it came to camping, first aid, survival and shooting. When I first met him he was by no means a little guy. Over the years though, he has been working on loosing weight and this year alone, he has lost 40lbs after committing himself to the P90x program. When I told him that I would be participating in the GoRuck Challenge in Toronto in the spring, I told him that he should join me. Dave has always been a team player. Even though in his mind he has to loose a few more pounds, he said that he’d sign up to do GoRuck with me. I think that attending this challenge with him will give him extra motivation to get fit and to stay fit. Another bonus is that both our wives have been very supportive of our intentions to improve our fitness instead of our gear collection.


  • David

    I’ve been looking at the GRC’s for over a year now. I just signed up for a challenge in January and my GR1 arrived in the mail yesterday. Why do I want to win this? Well, where one is good, two must be better. Help me keep life interesting.

  • Rob

    Why would I do a Go Ruck, primarily the challenge, and a chance to work towards something. In the last 3 years I have run a full marathon, numerous halves, and while the training process was fun, the race didnt give me what I wanted. I thought that training for a marathon would help me slim down (I sit at 290 today) I complleted 26.2 at a weight of 270 in 6 hrs 16 min and 26 sec. I had hoped that P90x would do the same, I did complete 3 rounds of p90x which got me down to 260, it felt great but since the baby was born I have stopped and my weight has run back up.

    There are a lot of interesting stories above this one, I can tell you that if I did run a Go Ruck I would do it for Sgt Brandon Pepper, a brother lost a few months ago. Personally I think it would give me a goal to work towards, and motivate me out of the physical and emotional funk i find myself in dealing with my weight.

    Thanks for reading,


  • Zach Blue-Thompson

    As a Cadet looking to challenge himself I think this would be a great event to compete in to get ready for Ranger Challenge. Always wanted to participate in one however I haven’t had enough funds sign up :/.

    Cdt. Thompson

  • Todd Sharp

    I recently read a book by John Eldredge that said the question that every boy needs answered is “Do I have what it takes?”. This question has stuck with me as I try to figure out how to better myself and why I struggle where I do. I am 37 years old and over the past 3 years I have been on a journey of self improvement and discovery. I have lost 110 lbs, I have given speeches in public and I have finished Tough Mudders. These are things I never would have imagined I could do just a few short years ago. I would like to use GRC as another way to prove to myself that I have what it takes and inspire others to challenge themselves.

  • Ruben

    I could give you a story,of how I am a vet and a unemployed father going to college but that isn’t the point the reason I want to do a goruck is simple because it’s there as a challenge and I want to meet that challenge and conquer it, so I can be that old guy in many years telling stories that start with “when I was your age”…..

  • Ned

    I learned about the goruck events just the other day (like Wednesday) and in my search to uncover more about the events I came across this website. I’ve done all the mud runs and been pretty satisfied but this looks like its right up my alley….if nothing else to put my normally cocky butt in place. I train alone, run alone, do the races alone, etc while constantly trying to push myself . I think this would be a perfect event for me to take my energy, drive, motivation, and see what kind of energy I can bring to a group situation; and if anything be humbled and encouraged by being with a group of people who hit it as hard as I try too.

  • Michael Wood

    Im wanting to do this with my oldest son. I am 51 yrs old and have always tried to stay in pretty good shape…my son is wanting to do this together. We have both served in the military. I have served in both the USMC reserves and Army guard/reserves. My son has served with 10th mtn and in the guards….I think it would be great for the 2 of us to do this together….he is half my age and a GREAT SOLDIER….we have never had the opportunity to serve together and I feel like this may be one way we could support/serve with each other.

  • Matthew Collins

    Four years ago I weighed 236lbs. For someone who is only six feet tall, that is pretty heavy. After my sophomore year in high school, I said enough was enough. Previously, I had read itstactical’s article on functional fitness. What hit home the most for me was when someone wrote about functional strength to save your life. After reading that article, I knew that if something catastrophic happened I would not be able to save my own life. I had to fix my problem. Needless to say, I fixed the problem. Today, I weigh 156lbs. I am in incredible shape, and it is all thanks to itstactical. I run six miles a day, and I am working weekly to build functional muscle mass. GoRuck is something that has motivated me since I read about it on this site. After Mike posted about it in 2011, I started tailoring my fitness plan to get ready for it. I believe that I am finally ready. There is a GoRuck challenge coming to my city in December. I would really like to attend, and I am scraping every last penny together to have the necessary funds. I believe that I will probably have enough, but it would be a god send to have the sponsorship. I plan to use GoRuck to test the waters for a possible future in the military. After starting college, I have realized how much I want to join the military. I want to go to Ranger School, and what better way is there to test my ability than GoRuck? For the past few months, I have been surrounding myself with people who have served in the Rangers and Special Forces. I would love nothing more than to be around the cadre at GoRuck.

  • Joshua M

    I am an English Major with a specialization in Teaching English to non-native speakers. As a Liberal Arts major my mind is tested on a daily basis through critical thinking and synthesizing disparate concepts together into a cogent response to complicated discourses.
    However, the body can often be neglected or trained inefficiently due to this focus on the mind at the expense of your physical nature. I am combating this through a class at my University gym, focused on the functional movements necessary for a good foundation. I am reaching the point where I am interested in testing my body and mind through even further extremes of willpower. GoRuck seems to be both the most logical and best method for this, as it combines high physical demands while making success a matter of mental toughness. It would give my physical training a definitive goal and be a true test of the self.
    I would be extremely grateful for the opportunity to attend a GoRuck Challenge and thanks to ITS Tactical for hosting this and Goruck for providing the chance.

  • Liisa K

    When my birthday rolled around 13 months ago I decided I would stop waiting for some mythical “right time” to do all the adventurous or challenging things I’ve been wanting and meaning to do. I declared a Year of Living Adventurously and tried to make sure I was taking myself out of my comfort zone in various different ways on a regular basis. Over the last year I fought in a rapier tournament (after not doing sword for about a year), learned to race dragon boats (coming in first in our division with my team on the Kinneret this past May by 22/100’s of a second), took a weekly MMA conditioning class for several months (not sparring, just doing training exercises), earned my Open Water Dive Certification in Puerto Rico with former Navy SEALs, went indoor rock climbing, and (on 9/11) rappelled off a 20 storey office building (raising over $2,000 in donations for disabled children). GoRuck Challenge is coming to Vancouver, BC in May and I want to take part. I’ve even bought my bricks (50 cents each at Home Depot!) and I’m ready to start practising. I won’t lie. I’m 5’4″ and weigh 120 dripping wet. I’m not so young, or so strong, or so fast. But I want to prove to myself that I can do this. Right now the financial is holding me back more than the physical. My husband fell off a 25′ ladder at work a couple of months ago and broke his back. He had a fusion and, incredibly, is able to walk, etc. But things are tight and $120 is not to be sneezed at. Having my entry paid would be amazing!

  • Ted McDaniel

    Just a few short weeks ago, I showed up to Texas A&M for Freshman Orientation Week for the Corps of Cadets. Not being the healthiest kid in high school, or the most disciplined, I needed a way to change. Though I am only about half way through my first semester, the amount of growth, both mentally and physically, I have noticed in myself is incredible. I have been wanting to participate in a GORUCK challenge since the beginning of the year when I first heard about it, and this would be the perfect way to both fulfill a goal of mine and to see how far I’ve actually come.

    Thanks for the consideration!

  • Kyle Anderson

    This GORUCK challenge is the best idea for the ultimate test of endurance, strength, leadership, mental toughness. I want to take this challenge to experience this life changing event. I have always believed in strength in yourself and in numbers. The teamwork that is within the challenge is a skill that I think we all need to embrace, our society has sadly become so self-centered teamwork needs a new breath of life. I also want to have the personal satisfaction of conquering the challenge its another mountain for me to climb, it wont be something to brag about but, but a story to tell. Its also the great thought that comes from doing what is not the norm, normal people don’t load up a backpack of bricks and go for a run, carry their buddies, and test their physical and mental limits.
    This is why I want to do the GORUCK challenge to become a better person.

  • David w

    I have been eyeing a GO RUCK challenge for about a year now. I have not done one due to the fact that I was intimidated by one. At the first of this month I did a pseudo ruck challenge, put on by a local crossfit gym whose members had done a GRC in Washington DC, Back in may.
    After the 12 hours of pain I told people that I would not do it again. Then I came across a quote from Chuck palahniuk, the arthor of Fight Club, that says “find out what you’re afraid of and go live there”. I then made a decision to sign up for a GRC and face the challenges of it, even if it does still intimate me.

  • Richard Sanders

    I should get the free Challenge because it’d make #4 for me, because I’m alpha as fuck and I have a fantastic ass, and can get all these facts put out there in less than the allocated words.

  • K.B. Garner

    Well let me start by saying I am in my thirties a full-time firefighter for a large department and an officer in the Army National Guard. I have had multiple knee surgeries in the last few years and a total new knee. With all of that being said I miss the suck. I have been looking and reading about Go Ruck ever since the first ITS post. I constantly search blogs and training schedules to get ready to hit one to see if I can still pull out what it takes to be the best. Coming from a combat arms branch of the military and many times spent in intense training and combat situations I miss the pain and real self evaluation that comes from a very physically demanding situation just as this will be. I feel like I will benefit as well as my soldiers from a mental reset and the training that it will take to prepare for the challenge. I need to know that after all the injuries I am still capable myself of doing what I ask my soldiers to do. Bottom line if I am chosen or not I will go to a Go Ruck challenge but it might just take some time to get the money together to make it happen thanks for the consideration.


  • Kyle Stimpson

    compelling |kəmˈpeliNG|
    evoking interest, attention, or admiration in a powerfully irresistible way: Seeing since I don’t have any military background or a truckload of stories to share that can relate me to this type of challenge, this was the most creative way I could think of to be as compelling as needed. At the wonderful age of 27 I have just recently quit my job to pursue the career of my dreams and to provide the life my family deserves, but throughout all this I neglected to devote any time to myself and thats when I found myself 70lbs overweight and struggling with a variety of health issues. Over the last 60 days I have dedicated myself to living a Paleo Lifestyle and have started a regular workout regimen in a attempt to right the last 27 years of wrongs with regard to my health. So far I have dropped 30lbs and have never felt healthier. I have been eyeing the GORUCK Challenge for over a year and just gave up on the idea of me ever doing it, but now I know I have the drive, determination and motivation to make this happen for me finally and would honor the opportunity to prove to my family and most importantly myself that I am physically and mentally tough enough to reach my goals. Thanks to everyone at ITS Tactical for the inspiration and service you provide as it is greatly appreciated

  • The first time I read about the Go Ruck challenge on ITS Tactical’s website, something resonated with me. I’m 44 and the father of 4 fine young men. I’ve always struggled with my weight, and over the last few years I had seriously lost that battle. However, this year I decided to do something about it. I’m down a total of about 60 pounds so, but I’m not done yet. As part of this, I have set two goals for myself for 2013. First, I want to complete a Go Ruck Challenge. Second, I want to “pass” the SF UBRR test. I want to prove to myself that I am capable, both mentally and physically, of this challenge.

    In addition to the personal challenge of the Go Ruck, I want my boys to know that goals are attainable, even in the face of pain and adversity. I want them to see that sometimes you need to “suck it up and go on with life”. What better way to model this than through a physical test such as the Go Ruck?

    Can I do it? I really don’t know, but the only thing stopping me is myself.

  • john lowe

    Thanks just for the ideas here! And very “over the top”offer to be considered a candidate. Knowing what to ignore-(my 1950 birthday and laughing with the whipper snappers who remind me..) Every day is Friday when you are excited about opportunities to test the training regimen developed by accident-hiking extra wilderness miles pre-gps and the daylight is going,or hearing how your nephew made it through USMC “Crucible” and wondering what would have happened to yours truly. Congratulations to all who share their dreams-you won today. And start buying epsom salts now on sale,you know what is coming.
    Running your race with friends….WOW! and knowing that you are not too old to open the door when you hear opportunity knocking-some pain is “just that weakness leaving the body”…But being an American and enjoying the noble sacrifices of everyone -from the 58 who signed the 1776 Declaration and risked all for us,to the countless uncelebrated every day millions who faithfully work day by day-mostly unsung heros- who make it possible for us to take a day off and play like the kids we once were.

  • Nic Norment

    I love a challenge; I love the suck; I love the pain; I love seeing how far I can push my body and how my mind reacts. I plan on enlisting in the Navy after college with plans to go to BUD/s. I just did the Survival Trial in New Mexico and now I’m looking for my next challenge. Anything that causes me to push myself past normal boundaries is something I want to set my sights on, and GORUCK happens to be my next stepping stone on my way to the Navy.

  • Zee Hammer

    Get your ruck, a lamp, and pack those bricks
    This challenge is for big and small, dudes and chicks.

    Chap stick for sure, but stores don’t sell sunblock in Van City
    Twenty bucks won’t get you far here, better make it fitty.

    Gloves and a jacket? It’s possible in May
    Your team weight needs at least 67 hockey pucks by the “weigh.”

    Make sure you’re 18 and bring some I.D.
    This type of pain is gonna cost you, but the bonds made are for free.

    Warn those Canucks that although Canada’s great, maple leaf flags need not apply
    Because the stars and stripes, old glory and the star spangled banner are required to fly

    This is all about camaraderie, mental strength, and physical health
    Think you can do it all on your own? GoRuck yourself!

  • Andy Jacobs

    I’ve had respect for and been a supporter of this great nation’s armed forces my whole life, ever beginning to understanding my grandfather’s service in WWII. The topic of my term paper my senior year of high school was “Special Operations Forces,” and this was all the way back in 1987, well before the terms “SEALs” or “spec ops” were even known by the general population, much less as en vogue as they have become in recent years. Back then, I had plans to enlist and to pursue a career in special operations. But as most of us have experienced, man makes plans and God is amused. I followed a different path in life, one that I do not regret because I have been tremendously blessed with a wonderful family, great friends, a career as a biomedical engineer and a faith in God that sustains me.

    But I will turn 40 soon, and although like all of us I have overcome challenges, I have also begun to ask myself if I’ve ever really challenged myself in a way that is gut-wrenchingly, soul-searchingly meaningful. Ever since I stumbled upon the GORUCK site a year or so ago and learned of the GRC and the exclusivity of the GORUCK Tough patch, and what it means to earn it, I’ve had an itch in the back of mind and a gnawing in the pit of my stomach: Could I do it? Could I actaully complete a GRC? Could I take myself to the point of physical–and more importantly, mental and perhaps emotional–exhaustion, to the point of wanting to quit…and push beyond? I dare say that I’ve never before been in a position to find out.

    Additionally, I’ve always appreciated those situations in life where teamwork is real and true. Where bonding and camraderie that occurs between people that are united in a common purpose, who are willing to sacrifice to help each other, to willingly give of your strengths to cover others’ shortcomings, all for the achievement of an ultimate goal. These are the reasons that I have been drawn to the GRC–and these reasons are perhaps why I am still on the fence about signing up. Perhaps a free signup might be the push I need to finally pull the trigger.

    Thank you for your consideration, for this contest, and for all that you do at ITS Tactical.

  • Ryan McAllister

    This year has been about achieving goals. So far I have lost 50 lbs. and feel great. Preparing myself for a GRC would push me to complete my weight loss goal and encourage me to stay healthy for the duration of my life while preparing for more challenges.

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