RUCK•ING [VERB] // Walking with a weighted rucksack (aka backpack). It implies action, energy, and purpose. Rucking requires strength, endurance, and character — and builds it, too. (

BGFA hosts Ruck once a year aimed at fund raising, team building, social gathering, networking, and community development.  Not only do BGFA members get to know each other better on the Ruck ground, but they get to know their community and their sponsors better.  The Ruck is certainly not only for BGFA members, it is for everyone! Anyone can get a team together and register for the event every year.

Ruck leaders, known as a Cadre, will design and test an obstacle course, its a fitness and growth event.  It is designed to challenge teams and build confidence and comradery among its members. The Cadres, on the day of the Ruck, will lead their teams through the course and encourage growth and perseverance along the way. The course isn’t designed to be a walk in the park exactly, but will challenge strength and endurance.  Ruck team members will supply their own weighted backpack (or better yet a rucksack) weighing 10 pounds up to, but not limited to, 30 pounds.  Any weight is accepted for the Ruck.  Don’t expect to be as clean as you were when you started when you reach the finish line.  Often times Cadres lead their teams into wet, dirty, muddy environments while carrying additional loads of stones, bricks, or logs to push the limits of their team members.

The 2022 Ruck Cancer Event was a tremendous success.  The BGFA raised $11,735 that will go towards a trust for the children of Jimmy Wallace.  Initially Ruck Cancer was intended to be an event in honor of Jimmy Wallace to help offset expenses and missed work from cancer treatment.  Unfortunately, Jimmy passed on March 29, 2022.  Jimmy was most proud of his children and wanted them to be able to further their education at the college level.  His son Trey is currently a sophomore at WKU pursuing an engineering degree and his daughter Lillie is a high school freshman that aspires to be an Oncologist.  The Wallace family is forever grateful for the outpouring of love and support.

-Sarah Wallace