About the The Ruck Challenge

The Ruck Challenge (TRC) 7th Annual competition seeks to develop teamwork and esprit de corps among the veterans engaged in rehabilitative programs in our community by challenging other agencies to compete in an event of endurance, strength, and strategy. By competing, you recognize the sacrifice veterans made to serve our country and take an active role to heal the invisible wounds of service our veterans have suffered.

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The 2022 Ruck Challenge is open now, REGISTER TODAY! The Ruck Challenge 2023 5K 10K gives you the opportunity to show appreciation and support for our Veterans. The event is designed to heighten awareness within our community for our local military Veterans’ invisible wounds of war caused during their service. Funds raised will be used to support Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, substance abuse, sexual trauma.

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Sponsorship Information

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s “The Ruck Challenge”? There are many sponsorship opportunities available and will sell out on a first come first serve basis.


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Help Us Reach Our Goal

Ruck Challenge Participants

Our Sponsors / Supporters:

Stronghold Engineering
Provident Bank
Mawardi Fund
Estefan M Encarnación, Esq.
Mission Inn Foundation
Rivers & Lands Conservancy
Riverside District Attorney Association
Riverside Sheriff Association
County of Riverside Veterans Services
Riverside Police Officer association
Print Pros
Blumenthal Law Offices
American Legion
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Dr. OLA B. MADSEN, Lifestyle Coach
Queen of Hearts Ranch
Riverside County Board of Supervisors
88 Spirits Corporation


City of Riverside
Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario






The Ruck Challenge In The News

How a Riverside nonprofit is helping Inland Empire veterans transition back to civilian life: When Sgt Major Gregory Coker retired, he knew he wanted to do something to help local veterans who were struggling with transitioning into civilian life.


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January 19, 2018, By Rebecca K. O'Connor / The Press-Enterprise

Stronghold Engineering Gives Back To Our Veterans: This past holiday season, the Charity Committee worked hard together in finding a local organization that helped and benefited our Veterans. To the their fortune, the committee met Gregory R. Coker, the Founder and CEO of Reaching New Heights Foundation in Riverside, CA.


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January 16, 2018, By Stronghold Engineering

RIVERSIDE: 2nd Annual Veterans Court 10K Ruck…: Photo coverage of the 2nd Annual Veterans 10K Ruck Challenge at Fairmont Park in Riverside, on Sunday, April 28, 2016.


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May 29, 2016, By Bo Kovitz / The Press-Enterprise

How an Eastvale man is helping veterans transition to civilian life: Between his stints in the Army and the Army reserves, retired Sgt. Maj. Gregory Coker spent 26 years, nine months and 11 days in service to his country.


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December 22, 2016, By Melanie C. Johnson / The Press-Enterprise

Convict vets get a chance to race the system: Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark E. Johnson is tapping into his military background to build camaraderie among the veterans he supervises as head of Veterans Court.


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May 22, 2015, By Brian Rokos / The Press-Enterprise

Ruck Challenge weighs in to help veterans in Riverside: At least 200 people took part in the 2017 Riverside Ruck Challenge on Sunday, May 28 in Riverside’s Fairmount Park.


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May 28, 2017, By Jeff Horseman / The Press-Enterprise

Ruck march raises money and morale for Veterans Court: More than 130 participants took part in a ruck march that pitted convicted veterans against law enforcement and court officials.


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May 24, 2015, By Bo Kovitz / The Press-Enterprise


We challenge all law enforcement agencies to participate in this 2023 5K 10K!

Proceeds go towards the Veterans Court to help fellow veterans when they need it the most.

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Ruck Challenge Photos

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“This competition is designed to separate the warriors from the wannabes. I fully expect my team to emerge victorious.”

Superior Court Judge Mark Johnson

Colonel, U.S. Army, Ret.