Rucking World Championship (50 Miler): Charlotte, NC 10/20/2023 19:00

October 20th, 2023 @ 7:00pm EST

Rucking World Championship (50 Miler): Charlotte, NC 10/20/2023 19:00
About this event

Date & Time

Friday, October 20, 2023 19:00

Start Point

Your start point will be posted to this page and emailed to you at least one week before the event date.


In 1908, Teddy Roosevelt issued an executive order to members of the military, later echoed by JFK:

“Do 50 miles in under 20 hours.”

Pretty straightforward, eh?

In JFK’s time it became a national craze, a challenge accepted by people of all walks of life despite claims in those days of the growing softness of the American people. Claims not too dissimilar to those made these days.

We believe those doubting the generations of today are looking in the wrong places. Many of us are not only up to such a 50 Mile Challenge, but we’re starving for some way to push ourselves to those new limits, and beyond. Now it’s time to kick it up a notch and with male and female individual divisions to include 2 person mixed teams with increased weight for both men and women

Rucking is the foundation of Special Forces training and the GORUCK Rucking World Championships is the pinnacle of Rucking. You show up with your ruck and you get a lat/long to your next waypoint. You plot your route, then you start rucking: point to point, mile after mile.

For a lot of miles.

Echoing Teddy Roosevelt and JFK and adding in our own Special Forces inspiration, here’s a challenge for those of you who seek such things - The GORUCK Rucking World Championships:

  • 50+ miles (always be prepared for the unexpected)
  • 50 miles in 20 hours or less
  • Weight Requirement: Men 30 lb / Women 20 lb
  • 3 Divisions: Men, Women, and Teams Open
  • Cash Prizes for each Division: 1st = $1,000, 2nd = $500, 3rd = $250
    • Cash prizes are split amongst team members for the Team Division

Top three finishers in the Men's Individuals, Women's Individual's, and Teams Open division (Men/Men, Woman/Woman, or Co-ed) of the GORUCK Rucking World Championship will earn the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place patches. All others who finish under 20 hours will earn the Rucking World Championship patch, which will never be for sale.


In order to qualify, you must have successfully completed one of the following:

  • GORUCK 50 Miler
  • GORUCK 26.2 Miler
  • GORUCK Heavy Event
  • Marathon (in under 4 Hours)
  • Any OCR or endurance race that is over 26 miles


You as an individual or your team of 2 (including you) show up at the Start Point. A GORUCK Cadre will issue you a map and a lat/long. The route you and/or your team choose will be your own, so choose wisely. The minimum distance possible will be just over 50 Miles. You can expect to see the best sites in Nashville, and you can expect at least one long movement taking you to the outskirts, and possibly beyond.

Prior to starting the clock, we’ll ensure that you make a successful comms check with our remote support team. At each waypoint, you’ll link up with a Cadre and receive your next lat/long. Don’t stop or slow down until you cross the actual finish line, remember to be prepared for anything.


  • The course will be at least 50 miles.
  • Three divisions: Men’s Individuals, Women’s Individuals, and Team Open.
  • Teams are 2 participants. If your teammate drops, you are both disqualified.
  • You must use a GORUCK ruck (Speed Rucker recommended), no exceptions.
  • Weight Standard: men will have a 30 lb GORUCK Plate and women will have 20 lb GORUCK Plate . Fixed weight required; meaning, no sand in a sandbag or dirt. Required weight must be in a single unit, no mixing or matching weight (one Ruck Plate, not two), and must clearly display the weight on it. The Cadre will ensure that you have your weight at every waypoint.
  • Keep your 20 or 30 lb Ruck Plate per participant with you at all times. You may cross load with your team member as desired.
  • Purchasing food along your route at any time is authorized.
  • NO Support teams for resupply. Cadre and event staff will be observing the route for violations.
  • No method of transportation is authorized except rucking.
  • Follow any additional instructions or rules from the Cadre.
  • Obey all traffic laws (and all the other laws, too) while participating.
  • Cut-off time: 50 miles in 20 hours or less.


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Event Cancellation Policy

  • Transfers and refunds are not allowed for this event (NO EXCEPTIONS).
Charlotte, NC
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October 20th, 2023 @ 7:00pm EST
Event Cadre

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Note: Your cadre will lead the class, teach team building-building and leadership lessons based on his time in Special Operations

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