RUCK YOUR BALLS OFF
Barbells For Bullies, GORUCK team up to build awareness, fight shelter overpopulation!
Participate from anywhere! The city, the 'burbs, the country, all you need is a pack (and a pup)!
November 1-November 30, 2019
On a mission to help As Many Rescues As Possible.
By promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter initiatives, we can help control the amount of animals entering shelters and mitigate the staggering number of dogs and cats put down every year!
Every year in the US, 1.2 MILLION dogs are euthanized in shelters, mainly due to overpopulation. Most estimates put over half of the dogs euthanized as "pit-bull type" dogs, some as high as 1 million.
That's the population of Dallas, TX - 1.2 million - which perishes in shelters. Every. Year.
Why is Spay/Neuter Important?
One (1) unaltered female and her offspring can generate over 60,000 dogs in six years.
That means that one unaltered dog can fill every seat in Dodger Stadium within six years with their offspring....
If we want to stop unnecessary euthanasia for dogs in general, we need to cut it off at the pass, and spay/neuter in large numbers.
What's more, there are a variety of health and behavioral benefits that come from altering your pet - making them happier and healthier all around!
Rucking is not only a fantastic form of exercise that can serve as both cardio and strength training, depending on the load you carry, but is an outstanding way to exercise with your pup. If you don't have one, reach out to your local shelter and see if they have a "Dog For The Day" or "Weekend Warrior" program where you can take a shelter pup with you on the trails.
What's more, is almost anyone can do it. You don't need to be a CrossFitter, Weightlifter, or Strength Athlete to get involved!
This event is open to anyone and everyone, and costs nothing to enter.
All we ask is that you create a fundraising page and share with your network. You can fundraise as a individual or get your team/gym involved!
You can also join our STRAVA club and track your progress, meet other people, and win prizes!
This won't be a competition, exactly. But we do want to reward those of you that get out there and get after it.
If you join the "Ruck Your Balls Off" club, and track your miles rucked (preferably with your dog), we will award the top Male and Female participants with some awesome swag from our sponsors (see below). We will also have incentives for milestone donation levels! Questions? Email us!
And of course, since we partnered with GORUCK, participants that sign up before 10/15/19 will get limited edition patches with this design for them and everyone on their team! (Be on the lookout for a follow up email to find out if you're fundraising alone or for a team. We humbly as you solicit at least 1 donation as an individual, or raise $50 as a team to be eligible for a patch.)
Yep, there's a patch!
How To Get Involved
Click the link and sign up. It's fast, easy, and you can do it yourself. Just click "I want to fundraise for this" below the GORUCK Icon. All donations made are tax-deductible under the IRS code, as we are a recognized 501(c)3 charity.
Share your Fundraiser Link to your network via email or via socials. It's super easy to use, intuitive, and FREE. If you have any issues, feel free to email us.
Log your miles! You don't need to be in the Adirondacks or Rockies to participate - you can log miles from anywhere - whether it's walking the Appalachian Trail or just down Main Street. Just grab a pack (And preferably a pup to accompany you) and start walking! And make sure you TAG US #RuckYourBallsOff2019 for a chance to be featured!
Get your gym or ruck club involved! You can start a page as a team, and we will email participants every Monday until the patch deadline of 10/15 to get a team member count!
Have your gym include a weekly ruck and get everyone involved!
Make it your own! Some athletes are rucking 200m for every $10 raised, others have enlisted their friends and family to share their fundraising page.
Tag us on socials or use #RuckYourBallsOff2019 with your pictures for a chance to be featured
Incentives & Prizes
Of course we want to reward those of you that get out there and get after it. Individuals with the most miles logged in STRAVA will receive:
Top male and Female Rucker: 1x CrossOver Symmetry Arm Care System, 1x Free Entry to a GORUCK Event, and a pair of 5" Shadow Intruders from LALO Tactical!
You can also see our incentives below for individuals and teams that hit fundraising milestones!
Who We're Benefiting
Funds raised in the NE will go to:
The Pittie Project is a 501(c)3 non for profit program that provides free spay/neuter, vaccines and microchipping to anyone that owns a pitbull type dog. We focus on this type of dog because due to overbreeding and breed discrimination hundreds of thousands are euthanized in the United states every year and more than a third of any shelters in take is pitbull type dogs, yet make up less than half of their adoptions. The Pittie Projects Mission is to get into the communities and educate the public on the importance of spay and neuter. To reduce the amount of pitbull type dogs in shelters.
Funds raised in the Southeast will go to:
"LifeLine Animal Project isn’t your average animal welfare organization. We take a holistic approach to improving the standard of care for animals in Atlanta through management of the county shelters, adoption programs, community outreach efforts, and spay and neuter clinics. LifeLine's Spay & Neuter Clinics are low-cost, high-quality, high-volume service providers serving metro Atlanta since 2005. With more than 125,000 spay and neuter procedures performed to date, the LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics are vital to reducing the number of unwanted pets entering Atlanta area shelters."
If you would like to nominate a spay/neuter initiative in your region, email us!
AMRAPS: As Many Rescues As Possible
Our goal, as an organization, is to help AMRAP: As Many Rescues As Possible. Whether it's small rescues organizations around the US or rescue pups in need, we're here to help as many as we can. Regardless of breed, age, or location, we exist to fight for the underdog, and want to create a fit and socially conscientious community that rallies around rescue. Whether it involves a barbell or not, if it's about fitness and community, count us in.
We're here to make a difference, and let you know we all can make a difference. One random act of kindness at a time.