The New Orleans Exercist: How to master a new sport without even trying


How many ruckers would a rucker ruck at the seashore? - COURTESY GORUCK
  • How many ruckers would a rucker ruck at the seashore?

Each week, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy. You may never have heard of “rucking” before, but you’ve almost certainly tried it. This week, you can become a champion! Plus, a table tennis tournament and a fun hangout to help the whole family learn to bike safely.

- What is rucking? Rucking is walking with a backpack, rebranded. Hey, it worked for Nordic walking. GORUCK, a military-inspired manufacturer of rucksacks and rucksack-shaped weight plates, sponsors Veterans Day GORUCK challenges in New Orleans on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 13-14). There are “light” (7-10 miles) and “tough” (15-20 miles) distances, with minimum carry weights based on the bodyweight of the rucker. Registration is $95 and you’ll also need the required equipment.

- That soothing tapping noise is the sound of this Saturday's Table Tennis Tournament, hosted by Xavier University's Confucius Institute and NOLA Table Tennis at Hilton New Orleans Riverside (2 Poydras St., 504-561-0500). Top prize in the competitive division is $600, but garage pong fans can enter the unrated tournament for $15. Visit for details and registration.

- Walk it like you talk it at the Walk & Roll Family Bike Ride & Walk at Parkway Bakery (538 Hagan Ave., 504-482-3047; on Sunday morning (Nov. 15). Co-hosted by www.bikeeasy.orgBike Easy, the all-ages event features help with bike maintenance and safety, NOPD bike registration and a three-mile ride and two-mile walk along Bayou St. John. The event wraps up with po-boys and a Saints watching party at Parkway (you earned it).

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