GORUCK Wants You To Compete in the GORUCK Games
On April 23, 100 competitors (50 male, 50 female) will take part in the first day of the inaugural GORUCK Games in Jacksonville, FL. Part of the field is set, but there is still time for athletes to send in their applications and secure a spot competing for the $15,000 prize for first.
The potential competitors must be comfortable with five-mile runs and a baseline weight of 45/30 pounds (male/female). For those who don’t know, a key part of GORUCK is built around the idea of carrying a fellow soldier out of a life or death situation.
The details: The GORUCK Games are by invitation only, but athletes must put in some effort to punch their tickets to the two-day event at Sandlot JAX at Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville.
- There is a simple application form for athletes to complete. This is where the athletes will provide their name, gender, and bullet points of their athletic background/applicable achievements.
- There isn’t a specific type of athlete that GORUCK has in mind. The two-day event is open to endurance athletes, CrossFitters, military veterans, and a variety of other backgrounds.
- GORUCK will go through the list of applicants and select the best options until the field hits 50 males and 50 females.
The GORUCK Games will unfold over two days. The first day, April 23, will serve as qualifying while whittling down the field of competitors over multiple events. The second day, April 24, will feature eight athletes from each division as they face off for a spot in the final round.
- The prize for first place will be $15,000. Second place will walk away with $5,000, third place will take $2,000, and fourth will take $1,000. The athletes finishing fifth through eighth will each get $500.
- The GORUCK Games will primarily take place at a 400-meter track featuring a rig provided by Rogue and an obstacle course. There will be no barbells or “fancy equipment.” The first day will also feature an off-site component of unknown distance.
Why this matters: GORUCK, which held 1,000 events annually pre-pandemic and 500 annually after, is not setting out to replace the CrossFit Games, Spartan Races, or any other types of competition. Instead, the goal is to put rucking on a bigger stage, show how it is the basis for Special Forces training, and bring community members closer together in a fun and festive environment.