What is rucking?
Rucking is best described on the GORUCK website:
RUCK•ING [VERB] Carrying a weighted pack on your back. It implies action, energy, and purpose.
Rucking is the foundation of Special Forces training. Green Berets are well versed in shouldering heavy rucks through cities, mountains, jungles and deserts, in war and in peace -- alone when they must, together whenever possible. Rucking requires strength, endurance, and character -- and builds it, too.
Note: Hiking is rucking in the mountains, urban hiking is simply called rucking. Rucking can be done at any weight.
I have been a cyclist for 30 years, riding up to 5K miles annually. While I love being on the bike, it does nothing for my upper body or lower back. I starting rucking two years ago. As I approached my 50th birthday, I started experiencing back pain and had trouble sleeping more than 6 hours without discomfort. The transformation to my lower back and upper body was phenomenal. My cycling has improved but I now find I split my time 50/50 between ruck training and cycling.
The best thing about rucking is The Challenge. Unlike a running or cycling event, there is no leader board or "winner" of the race. You compete and finish as a team. I am a First Sergeant in the USAF and this team concept of working together for a goal epitomes military service.
Who is RuckICT?
We started as three friends who used to work at a bicycle shop. We have spent the past 10 years riding together. After our first GORUCK light, we decided to never do a stupid event like that again. 10 days later we signed up for a Mog Mile Tough. We have decided to help spread the gospel of GORUCK in the Wichita and south central Kansas area.
Our goals are to:
- Ruck and have fun.
- Help guide and spread rucking.
- Make friends and suffer together.
- Establish rucking categories at local 5K and other running events.
- Hold monthly rucks in the Wichita area. These will include urban rucks in the downtown area, Singletrack rucks on the Kansas Singletrack Society local MTB trails, and gravel rucks in the Flint Hills.