GORUCK Challenge Testimonials

Go it alone resolutions like gym memberships and diets never work and then it’s next year already. If you’re looking for a real resolution for 2015, it’s called the GORUCK Challenge. It’s 10-12 hours of inspiration you find in the people to your left and right. 10-12 hours of inspiration that they find in you.

You’ll learn to lead, you’ll learn to follow, you’ll learn to put others before yourself. You’ll even learn to smile no matter what life throws your way.

Check out some testimonials below. People from all walks of life, all of them GORUCK Tough (GRT’s). Full disclosure, I’ve had beers with most of them.

This year, 2015, the story will be yours. You’ll make friends. You’ll overcome together. And you’ll finally know what the whole GORUCK thing is really all about: Namely people, and that means you.

We’ll see ya at your Challenge and at mine, since this is the year I finally take The Challenge and become a real GRT and not just a Cadre.


My first GORUCK challenge taught me more about myself than anything. I was so nervous and very under prepared for it because I really didn’t know what to expect. I really sucked at that challenge, but my number one goal was to not quit.

Looking back and seeing the progress I have made physically and mentally because of GORUCK is pretty incredible to me. I never thought I’d do anything harder than a GORUCK Challenge.

I am a better person because of GORUCK.


Christian Nelson
The handshake that forever changed my life. Saint Paddy’s Day, Boston 2012. After a night of telling myself I’d never do this sh*t again I was handed my patch by Cadre Lou. This night I met lifelong friends … love you all.


Shanyn Danielle
Hardest thing I had ever done in my life and completed with some best friends by my side. Fell in love with my boyfriend during that challenge. I left feeling accomplished knowing I’d NEVER do that again. But once the pictures surfaced 4 days later I was already signed up for my 2nd, then 3rd. I’ve met some of the most incredible people through GORUCK.



Michael Burton
The women in the class were some of the toughest and prettiest I have had the distinct pleasure to be around. Impressive to say the least, they were machines. So much so that any guy on the team was happy to carry the team weight, a pink tire (big tire plant in town) covered in cherries.

I was introduced to GORUCK in one of the lowest times in my life. Through GORUCK I have met all kinds of great friends. Friends that help keep me motivated, friends that remind me what it really means to overcome adversity and persevere through it all, pushing me to pick myself up from my lows and continue to strive to be the best person and American I can be. I still have a long way to go but I’m glad I have so many strong friends to help me along my journey. It’s a great community doing great things.


Carmela Pine
I cried when I finished.. I couldn’t believe I made it. I have no words except, I love those people. Every single one of them. I wanted to quit 1hr into the welcome party… my favorite moment was leading the final evolution charge.

GORUCK to me is family. My brother brought me into it, it’s something we get to share. And it’s an accomplishment that has made me a better, stronger person.



Carter Post
I honestly never though I would ever do more than one Challenge; this was actually supposed to be a “just to say I did it” kind of thing. But after all the camaraderie and motivation I experienced, I became addicted.


Victoria Dickinson
What happens when you have 5 girls in a class of 12? No one cares. Least of all, Cadre Joel. Girls carry heavy sh*t too.


Noe J Fernandez
GORUCK changed me forever that day. The biggest change is that I learned to expect more from people. I saw what can happen when strangers come together as a team to reach a common goal. I now expect more from myself in everything I do, and I expect more from anyone I interact with. It’s lowered my BS threshold to where I can’t stand whining and can’t do attitude non-team players. Thank you GORUCK for the memories, the pain, and most importantly for the new brothers and sisters.


Kay Chen
I started alone because my friend backed out. By the time I finished, I had 90-something new friends.


Lisa Fogarty
For me this isn’t just about the physical challenges, this is about the family. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a hundred times more, GORUCK changed my life in so many great ways and I’m grateful to be involved with such an amazing community.


Jonathan Parish
I made some friends for life, learned a lot about myself, and put the important things in life into perspective. I try to keep earning that patch everyday.


Marc Sevigny
I knew about GORUCK for about a year and a half. It took me that long to a) come back from deployment and b) work up the nerve. It’s the best thing I ever did.


Frances Rose
I am forever grateful and thankful for such a company as GORUCK that affords me the opportunity to participate in events that not only push me physically and mentally, but also because the events surround me with such amazing people like yourselves and the individuals that work behind the scenes to keep GORUCK running. I hope we cross paths someday and when we do I look forward to drinkin’ a beer with y’all.


Liz Preston
I can say without a doubt this community has changed my life. I have never felt so welcome, supported, and wanted by a group of people in my entire life. The past few years have been a struggle for me and the past few months have been some of the best times of my life. I have made new friends while challenging myself to go further than I would have EVER thought possible. I have realized I am capable of so much I never saw myself capable of in the past. And I’m not finished!

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