FAQs

When does 2018 registration open?

Tough Ruck 2018 Registration will open on Veterans Day, 11 NOV 2017 at 11:11AM.  Check out FAQs for more information on registration options.

I am working hard to meet my fundraising goal.  What is the deadline?  What if I don’t meet the goal?

This year all Tough Ruckers are fundraising and supporting the mission! We can’t thank you enough for literally making a difference in the life of a military family through Military Friends Foundation 501c3.
April 1st is your fundraising deadline. Each Rucker will need to meet their individual meet their fundraising goal by 11:59PM EST on April 1st. For example, if you committed to raise $950 and on April 1st you have raised $900, then you will be charged the remaining balance of $50. To find a realtime update of your fundraising page, go to https://www.crowdrise.com/toughruck and search by your name in the upper righthand corner.
Giving makes us all feel great but the key is making the ASK to your circle and beyond. Concerned? There is still time to fundraise! Enlist you friends and family to assist. While they might not be able to personally give more, they may be able to give you their time by promoting an event. Local restaurants such as Walburgers, Panera, Chipotle, Fudruckers and more have fundraising nights where a portion of the sales can go to your fundraising.
For anyone who has sent in checks, everything received to date has been added onto your online fundraising page. If you do not see a donation you sent in reflected on your page, please contact us ASAP. All checks must be received by 5PM March 31, 2018 in order to be credited onto your fundraising total before the deadline.

Am I able to cancel? Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any refunds of any type as this event typically sells out.  If you are registering with a team that covers your registration fee, please check with them before you register as we are unable to refund the fee once you register.  Please make sure you can commit to both the event and the fundraising before you register.  When you register you are reserving a bib and are committing funds to support military families in times of need.

I am injured and need to drop out.

We’re very sorry to hear that!  However, like other major marathon events, including The Boston Marathon, once you register Tough Ruck is NOT able to allow for any cancellations, bib transfers or any changes to your registration, including fulfilling the fundraising commitment you made.  The fundraising deadline to raise the funds you have committed is April 1, 2018.  At that time, if you have not raised these funds, you will be charged the remaining balance.

Is there a minimum to the weight of the Ruck Sack?

Yes.  Ruck sacks will be weighed in prior to the start time and immediately after crossing the finish line.  You will NOT be permitted to ruck if your ruck sack does not weigh in at a minimum of 15 pounds.  If your ruck comes in under the weight in your division you will be disqualified.

*Military Heavy Division – Open to all active military and veterans and retirees.  Each Rucker will wear a: blouse, trousers, safety belt, regulation issued boots, and a ruck/assault pack/regulation pack issued by branch of service.  The minimum weight in the military division is 35 pounds.  See info below.

*Military Light Division – Open to all active military and veterans and retirees.  Each Rucker will wear a: blouse, trousers, safety belt, regulation issued boots, and a ruck/assault pack/regulation pack issued by branch of service.  The minimum weight in the military division is 15 pounds.  See info below.

*Heavy Weight Division – Ruckers in the heavy weight division will carry a minimum of 35 pounds in their ruck at weigh in and at the finish line.  You can wear any apparel you would like in this category.

*Light Weight Division – Ruckers in the light weight division will carry a minimum of 15 pounds in their ruck at weigh in and at the finish line.  You can wear any apparel you would like in this category.

Do I have to fundraise to participate?

Yes.  The funds you commit to raise will provide much needed support for military families and families of Fallen Heroes.  You without exaggeration will be providing a lifetime to countless others.  Thank you for choosing the mission.

How can I donate to support a Rucker?

First THANK YOU!  You can search your Rucker by their name by going to www.crowdrise.com/toughruck.  Your donation is tax deductible and is made through a secure site.  Please note all donations are non-refundable.

How can I Volunteer?

Volunteers are a critical part of the making this day a success.  Our volunteers receive a Tough Ruck volunteer shirt and lunch!  Please check back for more info soon on joining the crew.

I am a Gold Star Family Member and would like to participate. Can I?

We would be honored to have you take part.  While you certainly may register online, we are proud to partner with Gold Star organizations.  Tough Ruck provides a number of complimentary bibs to these organizations to distribute to Gold Star Families.  Please call us at 1-844-894-RUCK to connect with this program.

Is there a tax ID for donations?

Tough Ruck benefits the Military Friends Foundation whose non-profit ID is 37-1462599. Military Friends Foundation is the d/b/a for Friends of the National Guard and Reserve Families, Inc.

I have a friends who wants to write a check instead of give online.  Can this be added to my online fundraising?

Yes.  Please make sure the donor included your name when they send their check.  Please make checks payable to: Military Friends Foundation, 6 Beacon Street Suite 200, Boston, MA 02108. Please allow up to two weeks for the donation to appear online.

I am a civilian.  Can I Tough Ruck?

Yes. The Ruck is open to active military, veterans, first responders, and civilians.  We recommend civilians read the Tough Ruck Guide for recommendations on footwear, Ruck sack and more.

How old do I have to be to Ruck?

Due to the duration and intense physical challenge, you must be at least 18 years old to take part in the 26.2 mile Tough Ruck.

Am I able to get a refund?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any refunds of any type as this event typically sells out.  If you are registering with a team that covers your registration fee, please check with them before you register as we are unable to refund the fee once you register.

Will you supply the ruck sack?

No.  All Ruckers must supply their own rucks.  Please check out the training guide for more information on the ruck.  Civilian Ruckers may use a military ruck or a back pack that holds the weight required for their division. Military rucks may be purchased online or often at a military supply store.  Each ruck must weigh in at a minimum at of 15 pounds to participate.

Am I able to transfer my bib?

No, bibs are not transferable for Tough Ruck.  You will need a government issued photo ID to pick-up your bib.

Can I bring my pet with me when I Ruck?

Due to our liability insurance, only service dogs are allowed as part of Tough Ruck.

Can I use the Tough Ruck Logo for fundraising?

Tough Ruck is trademarked.  Please contact us in writing at toughruck@militaryfriends.org before using our name or logo on any materials.