Rules & Training

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Division Eligibility & Rules

  • Military categories (light and heavy) are open to Active Duty Military, Reserves, National Guard, and Retirees.
  • All individuals in a military category must comply with AR 670-1 (Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia) or equivalent for branch of service.
  • Participants will wear BDUs, ACUs or their service equivalent uniform. Non-standard T-shirts may be worn in place of the regulation T-shirts.
  • Participants must be in full uniform during the opening ceremony and at the start of the march. Only uniform tops and headgear may be removed along the route as desired.
  • Boots may not be exchanged for any other footgear along the route. Anyone caught violating this rule will be disqualified. Footwear is limited to military service recognized boots.  Hi-Tech style boots may be worn if authorized by individual service regulations or commander.
  • Teams representing organization such as police or fire or EMTs an invited to wear uniforms.
  • Military PT uniforms are not authorized when competing in a Active Duty Military category.
  • Non-military categories are open to anyone, whether you are military or civilian. If you are in the military, but wish to enter a non-military category you are allowed to do so.

General Rules

  1. Tough Ruck takes place in Minuteman National Park and the rules and the Park Rangers are to be respected at all time.
  2. Tough Ruck participants are made up of any member of the Armed Forces currently serving, Veterans, First Responders, or Civilians. This extends across borders and is an open invite to our allied brothers and sisters around the world.
  3. All participants will wear footwear.
  4. Marchers in the heavy division must have a minimum of 35 pounds in their rucksacks/backpacks, which will be weighed and verified at the finish line.
  5. The frame of the ruck/backpack will count towards the weight limit for all divisions.
  6. Weighted vests are not allowed in any category.
  7. No trash may be leave along the course except at trash collection points at the water stations.  All Ruckers must take trash with them.  Any Rucker who dumps trash along the course will be disqualified.
  8. Removal of signs or other markers is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification.
  9. Refunds will not be given due to inclement weather or cancellation of the march.
  10. Good sportsmanship is expected at all times!
  11. Timing discrepancies must be made known NLT 24 hours after the event. After 7 days all times are considered official and results stand. Those placing first or second will receive awards 4-6 weeks after the event.