Adapting Our Way of Life in Response to COVID-19 – A Message From Our Founder

It’s time to adapt our way of life to the current situation of COVID-19. This is what we do in life, adapt to the realities at hand.

  1. Social distancing
  2. #keeptraining
  3. Take this seriously. Not just for yourself, but for others. This is what defines a community, which we very much are.

GORUCK Events – Social Distancing

The GORUCK Challenge has adopted a policy of social distancing. That means participants will not engage in exercises where they come in contact with each other such as the tunnel of love, buddy carries, or the elephant walk. Not to worry, the Special Forces Cadre will still have creative ways to challenge you.

The GORUCK Star Course – this is naturally an event of social distancing. You plus a small team (or as an individual) that you select, rucking through your city.


We’ll all go crazy if we remove ourselves from the world indefinitely and sit inside and do nothing but stare at screens. You need to get outside, you need to move your body, you need to reduce stress (exercise helps). Rucking by yourself, with your dog, with a friend — this is a great way to reduce stress.

Ruck to get your groceries. Zero shopping carts were touched. Zero faces were touched, including my own. Social distancing properly respected. Gainz and miles occurred. Honey do list complete. Washed hands before and after. Overall win. GR3, 45 Liters worth.

If you are trapped, use your ruck to exercise at home. Add sandbags for more fun. (Rucker + Sandbags is our version of a complete home gym). Sitting at home doing nothing is not the solution. This is a great opportunity to take the time you do have and do something productive with it. Heck, when Cambridge closed in 1665 due to the plague, Issac Newton used this time to develop calculus and the theory of gravity. We have developed a series of ruck workouts you can do at home with just a rucksack along with our friends Jason Khalipa and the NC Fit team. Check them out on our IGTV or Facebook videos! Starting March 16th, we will publish one new workout a day for the next 30 days. Get after it!

Take this seriously – lead from the front.

Personal responsibility has massive ripple effects, for the better. Leading from the front is how you can do your part. Common sense is not so common, but we all know what will help. Social distancing, washing your hands like Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets, don’t go visit your elderly grandmother (sorry, Nana, I love you), asking // demanding that others wash hands — you don’t need the list from me. It’s everywhere. Do it, and lead from the front.

Feel free to email us at with any questions.

This too shall pass. Faster if we’re smarter.

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  1. Charlie Maguire says:

    Roger that Jason! I had my GR-1 & GR-2 packed for a three week music tour that is now on hold. “Leading from the Front” is the way to get back on the road.

  2. NIma says:

    Hiking & rucking in local trails with the kids is an awesome way to get some exercise and just enjoy being away from it all. My daughter loved the hike with her mini “ruck” ! Great companies adapt and figure out ways to overcome the challenges instead of just complaining about it.

  3. Anonymous Speedwagon says:

    Speedwagon here. Just FYI, it’ll pass slower if we’re smarter. Slower but less critical, by means of affected population.

  4. Sarando says:

    Maybe limit pt on the ground, bring own sandbags to events instead of sharing coupons, and do all ruck pt off floor using own gear. Just a thought as NYC seems to be pretty fluid right now.

  5. Steve says:

    What are you doing about coupons that will be “passed around”? Don’t expect you’ll be sanitizing sandbags enroute.

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