Athletes at June 13th GoRuck Kill That 5K will race with weighted packs

Participants in this weekend's GoRuck Kill That 5K will walk while wearing a weighted rucksack. Photo courtesy GoRuck.
Participants in this weekend’s GoRuck Kill That 5K will walk while wearing a weighted rucksack. Photo courtesy GoRuck.

For a different spin on a 5K, try carrying a weighted pack while you race.

The GoRuck Kill That 5K starts at 5:30 p.m. at Mylo Obstacle Fitness in Austin. Photo courtesy GoRuck.
The GoRuck Kill That 5K starts at 5:30 p.m. at Mylo Obstacle Fitness in Austin. Photo courtesy GoRuck.

That’s what participants in this weekend’s GoRuck Kill That 5K will do. They’ll walk with a weight-filled rucksack on their back. Body type and fitness level determines how much each person carries.

The Kill That 5K event series is designed to introduce people to the sport of rucking, which means to move with a rucksack. Organizers say the races combine the cardio of a 5K with the strength training of rucking with weights.

Onsite registration starts at 3 p.m. during the Gear & Beer packet pickup at Mylo Obstacle Fitness, 5415 McKinney Falls Parkway. The 5K starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by an after party.

Participants must bring their own ruck, or backpack, and weight (20 pounds for women, 30 pounds for men and 45 pounds for the

Rucking combines the cardio of a 5K with strength training. Photo courtesy GoRuck.
Rucking combines the cardio of a 5K with strength training. Photo courtesy GoRuck.

elite men or women). The event is not a chip timed – the person who crosses the finish line first wins.

Jason McCarthy, a Green Beret and Ohio native, founded GoRuck in 2008 with childhood friend Jack Barley of Florida. Events are based on special operations training and team building. For a list of Kill That 5K events across the country, or to register, go here.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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