Unity Gone Viral, the backyard style rucking event where individuals complete as many 3.1 mile laps as they want in 12 hours anywhere in the world. Rucking is walking with a weighted pack/ruck on your back. This will be a Halloween themed event so get your costumes ready! October is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and a portion of the proceeds of this event benefit The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Time: Check in will start at 7:00 AM MDT via Zoom for all participants. Event starts at 8:00 AM MDT and will end at 8:00 PM MDT.
Location: Virtual - Anywhere in the World
- U.S. registration including finisher patch - $25
- International registration including finisher patch - $35
- U.S. poly cotton t-shirt add on - $25
- International poly cotton t-shirt add on - $35
Age Limit: 16 and over at time of event (minors under age 18 are permitted to participate as long as a parent/guardian is present throughout the entire duration of the event as a participant or shadow)
- Donation to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
- Entry into Unity Gone Viral and costume contest
- Patch for finishing at least one 3.1 mile lap
- Chance to win prize money for top male and female and prizes for second and third place male and female
- Chance to win other prizes in the random prize drawing
- Live leader board tracking
Pre-Event Briefing and Q&A: There will be a pre-event briefing and Q&A via Zoom for everyone that is registered the week of the event (date TBD). This is not required but will be offered for anyone that would like to join. The link to the Zoom will be provided via email to all registered participants.
Mandatory Participant Gear List
Every participant must carry the following items on every lap
- Pack/ruck with shoulder straps to carry the weight in. Weight vests are allowed only if all the weight is on the back of vest to mimic how a pack/ruck would work. The GORUCK plate carrier is allowed.
- Minimum weight requirement inside the pack/ruck before anything else, including food and water. Men = 20 lb; Women = 10 lb. We recommend a ruck plate of some sort but it's ultimately up to the participant.
- Tracking device (watch, phone, etc.) with GPS capabilities to track elapsed time and distance of each lap
- Anything else the participant wants to carry with them is at their discretion
- Every participant must also have the ability to log into a Zoom video chat throughout the event as defined by the rules below
Event Day Rules
- All participants will designate an area as their “pit area” ahead of the event. This will be the area where they start and finish each lap. The “pit area” must be the same throughout the event.
- Outside assistance (i.e. support teams) is allowed
- Purchase of food and drinks during the event is allowed
- All laws, including traffic, must be obeyed at all times
- Participants will log into the Zoom video chat at a minimum when they finish each lap throughout the event to build camaraderie and community
- Participant's Zoom video chat can be open the entire time at their “pit area”, even while they are out on a lap, but it does not have to be
- Participants can run, walk, crawl, hop, skip, etc. during each lap but they must carry their ruck/pack with them at all times. No transportation (motorized, etc.) of any kind will be allowed.
- Participants choose their own 3.1 mile lap outside wherever they want but the start and finish must be at their designated “pit area”. Participants may not do 3.1 miles out and get a ride back to their “pit area”.
- Participants do not have to do the same route on their lap every time. It can change as long as it meets the 3.1 mile distance requirement.
- Laps can be out and back, one big loop, quarter mile loops, etc. as long as it meets the 3.1 mile distance requirement
- In order to be eligible for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes, all laps must be done outside. Treadmills are allowed but those participants will not be eligible for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place prizes but will be eligible for the random prize drawings.
- Anytime after 8:00 AM MDT, all participants may begin their first lap. If you do not want to start your first lap at 8:00 AM MDT, that is OK. You can start anytime throughout the 12 hour event. Just remember to check in as noted below in the Event Day Check In section.
- Participants can start their laps anytime they want within the 12 hour window. They do not have to do continuous laps for all 12 hours. While participants are not rucking a lap, they are free to rest, sleep, mow the yard, drink a beer, whatever they would like to do.
- The final lap for all participants must be completed and entered by 8:00 PM MDT
- Official event time is from this website time.gov
Event Day Check In
- Log into the Zoom video chat between 7:00 AM-8:00 AM MDT on Saturday, October 16, 2021 from the area they designate as their “pit area”. The link to the Zoom video chat will be provided via email to all registered participants by Friday, October 15, 2021.
- Participants will be called one by one to check in and to show the gear list requirements, as described above, on the video screen to event staff
- We encourage everyone to check in between 7:00 AM-8:00 AM MDT on Saturday, October 16, 2021. However, if you are not able to, that is OK. If that is the case, when you are ready to check in, please log onto the Zoom video chat and get the attention of the staff who will then check you in. After you check in, then you can start the event.
Specific Lap Tracking Rules
- When a participant starts a lap from their “pit area”, they must start their tracking device
- When a participant finishes a lap at their “pit area”, they must stop their tracking device. They must then record their time along with a picture/screenshot of the tracking device data to verify time and distance. Specific instructions on this are listed below in the Lap Time Logging Rules
- Only laps of at least 3.1 miles will count. If a participant logs 3.09 miles, for example, it will not count.
- If a participant logs more than 3.1 miles, they will only get credit for 3.1 miles and one lap
- Before participants go out for their next lap, they will reset their miles and time on their tracking device
- While a participant is not out on a lap and they are having downtime, their tracking device is not running
Lap Time Logging Rules
- Will be announced prior to the event
Prizes and Rewards
- 1st Place - Most laps for Top Male and Female - Cash Prizes Based on Total Number of Registrants
- 25 participants - Top Male and Female - $50 each
- 50 participants - Top Male and Female - $100 each
- 75 participants - Top Male and Female - $150 each
- 100 participants - Top Male and Female - $200 each
- 125 participants - Top Male and Female - $250 each
- 150 participants - Top Male and Female - $300 each
- 175 participants - Top Male and Female - $350 each
- 200 participants - Top Male and Female - $400 each
- 225 participants - Top Male and Female - $450 each
- 250 participants - Top Male and Female - $500 each
- Every 25 participants adds $50 each to top male and female prize
- 2nd Place - Male and Female TBD
- 3rd Place - Male and Female TBD
If multiple participants complete the same number of laps, the fastest overall time is used to break the tie.
For any cash prize amount that exceeds $600, we are required to file a 1099-Misc to report the award to the IRS
Random Prize Drawing
- GORUCK Rucker ($200 value)
- If at least one person registers from every U.S. state, we will also throw in a $250 cash prize to our random drawing! For every 10 U.S. states that sign up, we will also add another prize to the random drawing. We currently have 1 state (UT).
All swag items will be mailed out in November 2021.
Note: For the purposes of sales tax, Utah is an origin-based state. This means we are responsible for charging the sales tax rate to all virtual events including this one regardless of where you are participating.
The Charity Partner
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)'s mission is to lead, mobilize and raise our voices to support efforts that demand a change of conditions that lead to domestic violence such as patriarchy, privilege, racism, sexism, and classism. They are dedicated to supporting survivors and holding offenders accountable and supporting advocates. More information about NCADV can be found on their website: https://ncadv.org/