October Rucking Challenge

EMP Ruck

The Challenge:
Turn off (take off) ALL your devices. Go for a ruck.

Let's do this

October Challenge

This month an Electromagnetic Pulse has gone out through our challenge and fried all your electronics. Will that stop you from rucking? Let’s find out.

For this challenge take off your watch, turn off your tracking app, close the map, take off your headphones, skip the IG pics and posting, pick up your bag and go for a ruck. 

Ruck hard, heavy, fast, slow, long, short. All are in play. You just have to kill all devices.

Part social experiment, part reality check: what happens when we stop tracking every step, every mile, every minute, while being distracted by music and the perfect IG pic, and just simply go for a ruck? 

 Welcome to the EMP challenge.

*Yes, you can carry your phone for an emergency or in case someone needs to get in touch with you. But, that’s it.

Options for this challenge


Ruckers Choice. Long, heavy, short, light, fast, slow. All in play. The real difficulty is killing all the electronics.


Rucker’s Choice. Go Heavy if you’re feeling it.

Ruck Clubs:
What happens when a whole group of people go dark? Let’s find out.
(Bulk pricing is available. Email ryan@ruckingchallenges.com for info)

October Patch

Choose your own adventure

$12 - Single Entry

$10 - Subscription



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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.

8. I have more questions, need to update my shipping/billing address, want ice cream, or need to end my subscription. What should I do?
Email ryan@ruckingchallenges.com.

9. What do I do now?
Click the button below and sign up.

10. When do I get my patch?
It should be in your mailbox in early October or within 6 business days after you order (if you order in October). 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.