FAQ's

Who can register for Tough Ruck events?

Registration is open to all Civilians, Active Military, Veterans, and First Responders. Generally registration is open to all ages, however for the 26.2 Mile Tough Ruck registration is restricted to ages 18 and older. 

Is Tough Ruck a registered Non Profit?

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

 

Can I use the Tough Ruck Logo for fundraising? Can I/my team have shirts, hats, or other swag made with the Tough Ruck Logo? 

Tough Ruck is trademarked. Requests to use the Tough Ruck name and/or Logo must be received in writing at Info@ToughRuck.org and you must receive written approval prior to the use of our name and/or logo for any fundraiser and/or on any marketing materials including t-shirts, coins, hats, etc. Any use of the Tough Ruck Logo or Name without written approval prior to use may be considered a trade mark violation. 

Can I make a donation in the form of a check?

Yes. Please make checks payable to: Military Friends Foundation.

Checks should be mailed to: 

 Tough Ruck

 212 Humphrey Street

 Swampscott, MA 01907

My employer offers a Matching Gift program, Can I submit my donation for a Matching Gift?

Yes, Donations to Tough Ruck can be submitted for a Corporate Matching Gift. Please note: We are unable to credit any funds until they are received, many Corporate Matching programs only send matching donations once every quarter. Matching donations will not be counted towards the fundraising minimum if they are not received by the deadline. 

My address has changed since I registered, what do I need to do to make sure I receive my package?

Tough Ruck must be notified in writing at Info@ToughRuck.org as soon as possible and prior to the mailing date to ensure you receive your package. 

Tough Ruck 26.2 Boston FAQ's

How do I enter the 2022 Tough Ruck?

Tough Ruck 26.2 Boston General Registration opens February 5th 2022 at 7am. 

Who can register for the Tough Ruck?

Registration is open to Civilians, Active Military, Veterans, and First Responders ages 18 and older. 

Can I cancel? Can I get a refund?

Once registered, every Rucker is committing to both the cause and fulfilling their fundraising even if they can’t for any reason take part in the event itself.  We emphasize this to Ruckers throughout the registration process and in the included agreement waiver so there are not any surprises.   

 

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. After the fundraising deadline any amount that isn’t fundraised will be charged to your account. 

 

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 or the bib to the team once you register.

Do I have to fundraise to participate in Tough Ruck?

Yes.  Each person is individually responsible for their fundraising commitment based on the registration option chosen. You are able to join a team however the fundraising commitment is each individual Rucker's responsibility, Team funds cannot be re-distributed amongst the team once they have been donated. Each Rucker must raise their minimum commitment by the fundraising deadline or the credit card on file will be charged the difference.

 

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 this mission.  

Does my registration fee count towards the fundraising minimum?

Like with other major events, your registration fees do not count towards your minimum fundraising commitment.

What is the fundraising deadline for Tough Ruck 2022?

All Ruckers must meet the $450 minimum fundraising by April 10th, 2022, at 11:59pm EST.

I was not able to meet my fundraising minimum by the deadline, What happens now? 

All Tough Ruckers who do not meet their fundraising minimum by the April 10th deadline will have their credit card on file charged by Run Sign Up. Any Tough Rucker whose credit card on file could not be successfully charged for the remaining balance of their fundraising commitment will not be eligible to participate in the event and will not be allowed to check in or participate on race day. 

Can I keep fundraising after the deadline?

Yes. Your personal fundraising page will be live and accepting donations.

What is the cutoff for top fundraisers prizes?

The cutoff for top fundraiser prizes is Friday April 15th, 2022, at Noon EST. 

Can I earn additional swag if I raise more than the $450 minimum? What is the deadline to earn additional swag? 

Yes, Additional Swag can be earned for fundraising above the $450 minimum. The deadline to earn additional swag is March 27th, 2022. 

What are the COVID-19 Safety Requirements for Tough Ruck 2022?

  • While there is currently no vaccination requirement for 2022 Tough Ruckers, All Ruckers must provide a proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR Test taken within 72 hours of the event or provide proof of being fully vaccinated (Per current CDC guidelines: you are considered Fully Vaccinated 2 weeks after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or 2 weeks after the single dose J&J vaccine) 

  • Masks will be required for all Ruckers choosing to ride in the shuttle buses and for any other indoor activities. 

Health and Safety guidelines and protocols are subject to change at any time without notice.

 

I cannot participate in the in-person event on April 16th, 2022, Can I participate Virtually?

At this time Tough Ruck 2022 does not have an option to participate virtually. 

What divisions is Tough Ruck 26.2 divided into?

Tough Ruck features 2 weight divisions and 3 categories of dress.

  • The 2 weight divisions are Light weight (15+ Lbs.) and Heavy Weight (35+ Lbs.) 

  • The 3 categories of dress are Uniformed Military, Uniformed First Responder, and Civilian. 

How old do you have to be to participate in the Tough 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.  Each Rucker will need to provide date of birth on your registration form. All registered Ruckers will be required to present valid government issued identification upon check in on race day. Any Rucker found providing false information during registration or presenting fraudulent identification upon check in, will be disqualified and unable to participate in any Tough Ruck event in the future.

How can I earn the official Tough Ruck 2022 Patch?

Participants who register during opening weekend, February 5th through February 7th at 11:59pm EST will receive the official Tough Ruck 26.2 Boston Patch. 

Is there a Tax ID for donations?

Military Friends Foundation is the official charity of Tough Ruck.  The 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 donation in the form of a check, Can this be added to my online fundraising?

Yes. Checks must include the name of the Rucker on the check in order to be credited to your fundraiser. Please make checks payable to: Military Friends Foundation. Checks may take up to 3 weeks from when they are received to be credited to your account.  All checks must be received no later than March 20th, 2022, in order to be credited onto your fundraising total before the April 10th deadline.

We are unable to credit any funds until they are received, this includes any corporate donation matching.  Matching donations will not be counted towards the fundraising minimum if they are not received by the deadline.

Checks should be mailed to: 

 Tough Ruck

 212 Humphrey Street

 Swampscott, MA 01907

My employer offers a Matching Gift program, Can I submit my donation for a Matching Gift?

Yes, Donations to Tough Ruck can be submitted for a Corporate Matching Gift. Please note: We are unable to credit any funds until they are received, many Corporate Matching programs only send matching donations once every quarter. Matching donations will not be counted towards the fundraising minimum if they are not received by the deadline. 

I set up a fundraiser through another site, does that count towards my fundraising goal?

We are only able to track and count fundraising done through the Tough Ruck official fundraising site. If you have raised funds elsewhere you will need to make a donation to your page yourself to transfer these funds in order for them to appear on your official Tough Ruck fundraising page. In the event the other fundraiser will send the funds directly to Military Friends Foundation they will not be able to be credited to your account until after the funds have been received, please see the above question about check donations for more info about requirements for mailing checks.

Can I use the Tough Ruck Logo for fundraising? Can I/my team have shirts, hats, or other swag made with the Tough Ruck Logo? 

Tough Ruck is trademarked. Requests to use the Tough Ruck name and/or Logo must be received in writing at info@toughruck.org and you must receive written approval prior to the use of our name and/or logo for any fundraiser and/or on any marketing materials including t-shirts, coins, hats, etc. Any use of the Tough Ruck Logo or Name without written approval prior to use may be considered a trade mark violation. 

Can I use the Tough Ruck bib to fundraise for other non-profits?

No.  We appreciate your involvement and support of many tremendous causes.  That being said, Tough Ruck is the signature fundraising event for Military Friends Foundation each year and provides critical resources for military families.  We do not allow any of the limited 1000 Tough Ruck bibs to be used to fundraise for any other event or non-profit.

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 (e.g. license, military ID).  Any Rucker found using a fake/false ID or transferring a bib will be disqualified and unable to participate in the event in the future.

I want to register again but didn't meet my fundraising commitment in the past?

We appreciate your continued interest.  If for some reason you didn't meet your fundraising commitment in the past and we weren't able to automatically bill the credit card you left on file we reached out to you to make a donation to your page.  We are limited to 1000 Tough Ruck bibs and we count on your commitment to our military families.  We reserve the right to reject registration if you have not been able to meet your fundraising commitment in the past.  We encourage you to contact us before registering.

How long do I have to complete the Tough Ruck?

Timing for the Tough Ruck officially ends after 9 hours.

I want to volunteer at the 2022 Tough Ruck, How do I sign up as a volunteer?

Thank you for your interest in volunteering, Information about volunteer opportunities at the 2022 Tough Ruck 26.2 Boston will be posted here when it becomes available in the coming weeks.