GORUCK Participant Rules and Regulations

The GORUCK division of the Climb requires participants to carry a weighted rucksack or other type of weighted backpack. We welcome Ruckers of all levels, but to compete for top male or top female in the GORUCK division, the rucksack must contain the prescribed additional weight:
  • If you weigh more than 150 lbs = 30 lb. Ruck Plate (or equivalent)
  • If you weigh less than 150 lbs. = 20 lb. Ruck Plate (or equivalent)
  • Weighted vests are not considered packs and will not qualify for the competitive GORUCK division.
Packs will be weighed at each event prior to the start. Ruckers will receive a bracelet showing their ruck has met the standard for competitive consideration. Packs must be compliant with the prescribed weight for the duration of the event.

Ruck for fun! We enthusiastically welcome Ruckers who do not carry the minimum weight requirement to participate in the Climb! These participants will skip the weigh-in before the event.

All participants are required to supply their own packs and weights.

Awards: Awards will be given to top overall male and top overall female GORUCK finishers who cross the finish line with rucks that met the weight standard outlined above. There are no age brackets of the GORUCK division.

GORUCK Patch: Every registered participant of the GORUCK division will receive an exclusive Fight For Air Climb GORUCK patch.

Approved Weight List: Ruckers can carry almost any items to meet the standard weight outlined above. In previous years we’ve seen Ruckers carry the following items in their rucks to meet weight requirements:
  • Steel plates
  • Bricks
  • Dumbbells
  • Ankle weights
  • Books
More questions about rucking: Contact Steve Gillis at