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Walking with a weighted backpack. Yup, that's it. "Ruck hikes" are long weighted hikes intended to challenge the participant mentally and physically. They are the military's way of adding some adventure to a nice walk through the woods.
Rucks are low-impact and a great way to build muscle, burn calories, and is also 3x easier on your knees than running.
What is Ruck The Ridge (RTR)?
Local. Flexible for All Abilities. Great Cause
Introducing Living Free Together's Ruck the Ridge - an epic destination ADVENTURE challenge that pays tribute to our active military, veterans, and first responders.
Embark on the ultimate weighted hiking challenge, designed to test your strength, endurance, and camaraderie. RTR caters to all fitness levels, allowing you to push yourself at your own pace through the flexible course options of 4, 6, or 8 miles.
On Veterans Day 2023 (Nov. 11), seize the opportunity to conquer RTR as it kicks off at the Blue Ridge Mountains foothills, starting from the Blue Ridge School grounds. The journey unfolds along professionally groomed trails, creating unforgettable memories along the way. This extraordinary event merges ruck hiking, trail running, and adventure/obstacle course races, promising an experience like no other.
The adventure doesn't end with the challenge! Gather your loved ones and head to the FREE RuckFest. Indulge in delicious delights from food trucks, groove to live music, and delight in the bounce houses and petting zoo. Engage with sponsors and local nonprofits, amplifying the spirit of togetherness and support.
By participating in this awe-inspiring challenge, you also contribute to Living Free Together, a local non-profit dedicated to assisting military families - forging connections that last a lifetime.
Join us at Ruck the Ridge for a day of Grit, Unity, and Freedom!
SWEAT TO HONOR OUR HEROES
Benefiting Living Free Together
Living Free Together purpose is to empower veterans and active military families by offering comprehensive programs designed to enhance their interpersonal connections, deepen their understanding of military-related challenges, and create a secure and enjoyable environment for re-engagement after prolonged absences. Through skill-building initiatives, insightful awareness sessions, and guided recreational activities, we aim to equip families with the tools they need to forge stronger bonds, proactively address military community issues, and navigate the complexities of separation, fostering a resilient and harmonious family unit.