Overnight Ruck -
Everything You Need to Know

The PATHFINDER Overnight Ruck Challenge was designed to directly translate training to the real event scenarios experienced in a GORUCK Event.

Preparing for an Overnight Ruck is different than preparing for a ruck during the day. You'll learn how to ruck when you're tired, in the dark and with a group, which is key for thriving during any overnight endurance ruck event.

Challenge Purpose

The Overnight Ruck Challenge prepares for overnight stress conditions experienced at endurance events and on long-haul overnight rucks, with a focus on three main areas:

  • Preparing you physically and mentally for disrupting your circadian rhythm by rucking for an extended time in the dark. Demanding effort from your body when your body expects you to be sleeping can really only be experienced in a Challenge like this.
  • Gives you the chance to test out your full clothing, footwear, ruck configuration, food and water, and other gear setup that you plan to use for the event.
  • The overnight ruck is perfect for distance conditioning. Mileage per program is below. 

Challenge Parameters

  • The Roster must start after sunset.
  • There is no time limit for this Challenge, but once you start, stop only for breaks for stretching, foot care, hydration and to refuel.
  • Practice night vision using red filter head lamp.

Challenge Distance Requirements

  • Life: This is not currently a Challenge for Life programming.
  • Forward: 15 miles
  • Endure: 20 Miles
  • Advanced: 20 Miles
  • Compete: 20 Miles
  • Stirling: This is not currently a Challenge for Stirling programming.

Challenge Weight Requirements

  • Forward and Endure: there is no stated minimum ruck weight requirement. An appropriately challenging weight for the rosters fitness level must be in the ruck at all times.

  • Advanced and Compete: 45# ruck dry weight for body weight of 150# or more, or 30# ruck dry weight for body weight less than 150#

Challenge Time Requirements

  • There are no time requirements for this Challenge.

Safety Considerations

  • Ruck safely. Communicate your route and estimated times to another individual/party who can alert.
  • Use reflective elements, runner's safety vests, flashing lights, headlamps, and similar safety gear especially rucking near roadways.
  • Stick to known routes and well-lit pathways
  • Ensure phones are fully charged and carry a fully charged backup battery to recharge a dead phone.

Challenge Restrictions

  • You must begin after sunset.
  • You must complete the entire Challenge without stopping aside from periodic breaks as described above.
  • YOU MUST COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE LAWS AND RESTRICTIONS wherever you choose to complete this Challenge. DO NOT TRESPASS. PATHFINDER assumes no liability whatsoever for any actions taken by participants in this training.


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