Rucking Division

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RUCKSACK VS BACKPACK

While you can use any type of pack to Ruck the Route, we suggest using a RuckSack

A RUCKSACK HAS ONE MAIN JOB

No matter where you are or what you’re doing, if you’re traveling, training or rucking, if you’re in the military or if you’re commuting on the mean streets of NYC, your rucksack’s one main job is to hold weight, and do it really, really well.

A RUCKSACK IS NOT A BACKPACK

Rucksacks have military origins in heavy load carriage so they’re built to house a lot of weight over time and distance — rucking is the foundation of the United States Army Special Forces training after all. Backpacks, on the other hand, are designed to feel comfortable when you try them on empty in the store, and they’re mostly associated with school bags that break at least once a year and end up in a landfill.

If you have real work to do, if you’re a professional who wants something that lasts, choose a rucksack.

HOW MUCH WEIGHT TO RUCK THE COURSE?

You can Ruck any amount of weight. 10lbs minimum.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

The Williams Route 66 Marathon team makes the safety of every runner and spectator a priority

  • We have the direct involvement of the Tulsa Police Department, Department of Homeland Security, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and the Transportation Security Administration (yes, that TSA) before and during our events. 
  • We are following industry-standard best practices for safety (many marathons have Ruck divisions, and we’ve had ruckers on our course in past years, too)
  • All Rucks will be checked before they are allowed onto the course
  • We follow, and will continue to promote the safety-first program of “See Something? Say Something!”