Awareness is great; Action is greater.
Did you know that everyday there are approximately 22 suicides among our Veterans and Active Duty? That means 8,030 Veterans will take their lives this year right here at home. Our goal is to honor the fallen and raise as much awareness as possible on PTSD and Veteran suicide through a patriotic 22km ruck march.
Join us on Saturday November 12th, 2016 for the 2nd annual 22km Ruck of Honor in Raleigh North Carolina. This is open to Veterans, Active Duty, and civilian supporters. Our official routes can be found here:
Our FB invite can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1693434457596883/
Money raised on Crowdrise, a fundraising platform, will benefit All American Alternatives, a 501C-3 who have helped Veterans and families in Raleigh by increasing access to alternative wellness strategies. Please visit www.allamericanalternatives.org for more information on this great organization or visit them on Facebook!
I'VE REGISTERED. NOW WHAT?
Start a fundraising page and have your friends and family help you reach your goal! The page can be customized by sharing your story, pictures, and even video. Check it out by visiting: https://www.crowdrise.com/2nd-annual-ruck-of-honor
I CAN'T PARTICIPATE IN THE RUCK MARCH BUT WOULD LIKE TO DONATE. WHAT CAN I DO?
To make a donation please visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/2nd-annual-ruck-of-honor
I'D LIKE TO PURCHASE A T-SHIRT:
Thanks for the support! Please visit: http://www.ruckofhonor.org/store/
WHAT TIME IS CHECK IN AND WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Our group will be at check in as early as 7a.m. Please keep in mind that we will be departing by 8a.m. sharp. Remember that you do not need to print your registration ticket. Provide us with your name or pull up your ticket on your phone and we'll be able to check you in that way. Super easy! We will also do random ruck sack/bookbag checks; its for your safety and ours. Once you're checked in and checked out you will receive a special wristband that you need to attach to your bookbag/rucksack. There are no bibs because this isn't a race! Our opening ceremony will start at 730AM.
HOW DO I GET THERE? PARKING?
There is plenty of parking throughout but our first suggestion is to have someone drop you off and then meet you again at the end.
APPROXIMATELY WHAT TIME WILL THE RUCK MARCH END? CAN FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEET US AT MY WAY TAVERN?
We all walk at different paces so it's important that you let your friends and family know what time you'll be arriving. The majority of the partcipants will arrive between 1PM- 4PM.
DO I REALLY NEED TO CARRY 22 POUNDS?
The weight in the rucksack signifies the fallen. It is up to you how much you would like to carry. You can carry as much or as little as you can.
WHO PROVIDES THE RUCK SACKS AND WEIGHT?
Please bring your own rucksack and weight. Many people fill their ruck sacks with water bottles to keep them hydrated along the way. You can also fill your sack with snacks, bricks, and pretty much anything else you can think of.
CAN I CARRY AN AMERICAN FLAG OR TEAM FLAG?
Definitely! We encourage everyone to carry a flag on their ruck sack.
CAN I BRING MY DOG? STROLLER?
Yes to both! Please remember that it's a long walk and to bring additional snacks and water.
ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?
Yes, prepare for the physical demands of the ruck march. Cut your toe nails (if not you may lose them, seriously), prep for chafing, (buy runners underwear or a boxer briefs to prevent your thighs from rubbing), use good broken in shoes, moleskin, band aids, double socks, etc. It is also extremely important that you obey all traffic signs. We also suggest carrying an extra phone battery pack just in case your phone dies.
PHOTOGRAPHY? SOCIAL MEDIA?
We have a professional photographer who will be taking pictures of everyone that day. If you're on social media, please don't forget to use our official hashtag #RuckOfHonor
If you'd like to have friends and family cheer you on along the way, we suggest you send them a text message or call them to confirm the time and location with them.
Last but not least, if you have any questions or if we missed something please do not hesitate in calling or texting us at 773.491.2927.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the starting point on Saturday November 12th, 2016!
When & Where
Ruck of Honor
Awareness is great but we believe action is better. That is why we've partnered with various organizations to help them raise money so that they can continue to serve our Veteran community. We've also held several events to engage, unite, and provide resources to Veterans and their family.
We hope you join us on a patriotic 22 mile ruck march as we honor and pay tribute to our fallen heroes and raise awareness on PTSD and the epidemic of Veteran suicide.
If you're a non profit organization who would like to partner with us or are a business who would like to sponsor one of our events, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773/491.2927.