February Rucking Challenge

Buffalo Soldier National Park Ruck

The Challenge:
Ruck 9, 10, 24, 25, or 38 miles in a National (or state) Park.

Let's do this

February Challenge

After the Civil War, the United States disbanded the United States Colored Troop regiments and in 1867 established several black regiments, which eventually became the 9,10, 24, 25, and 38th Army Regiments. 

These regiments became know as The Buffalo Soldiers.

Along with their amazing contributions to the military history of the United States, the Buffalo Soldiers also were tasked with being the Park Rangers at US National Parks. This included the role of Superintendent, held by men like Colonel Charles Young.

This February we will remember and honor the Buffalo Soldiers by rucking either 9, 10, 24, 25, or 38 miles in a National (or state) Park. The distance corresponds to the regiments and it is your choice which distance you will tackle for the challenge.

Options for this challenge


We recommend going a little heavier for this challenge to remember the extra burden these men carried under the weight of blatant racism and discrimination as they served.


9, 10, 24, 25, or 38 miles in a National (or state) Park.

Can be done at one go or over multiple days.

Ruck Clubs:
Get a group together and hit the park trails together!
(Bulk pricing is available. Email ryan@ruckingchallenges.com for info)

February Patch

Choose your own adventure

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Got Questions?


What is Rucking?
Rucking is simply walking with a weighted backpack. If you'd like to learn more, here is an entire site devoted to the sport of rucking.

1. Why should I do this challenge?
Because doing hard things and earning patches is awesome.

2. What happens if I don't complete the challenge?
Well... nothing. You still get the patch. But, come on. It is gonna be awesome.

3. Why is the subscription price lower than the single entry price?
Because, we want you to sign up for the subscription.

4. I'm not sure I want to subscribe. What if next month's challenge is too hard or the patch isn't as cool?
We are designing challenges that can accommodate all level of ruckers. You can see our past events to get an idea of what we offer.

5. What if my Ruck Club wants to do this challenge?
Cool! If you want to make a bulk order, email us (see Q8).

6. Who is running this thing?
Rucking Challenges is part of The Rucking Collective, LLC. But, if you're asking about the human behind it, my name is Ryan. My email is in question 8 if you wanna ask me anything.

7. How do I cancel or update a subscription?
Email me at the address in question 8 and we will cancel your subscription ASAP.

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10. When do I get my patch?
It should be in your mailbox in early February or within 6 business days after you order (if you order in December). Time may be longer for international customers.

11. What about International folks?
We ship patches internationally at no additional cost. It just takes a while for them to get there.