Why Ruck ‘N’ Run?
The 3rd Annual Ruck ‘N’ Run (5.56K walk/run) is on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov 11 in Republic, MO!
“A local ‘boot camp inspired’ walk/run that’s drastically challenging the definition of the average 5K and those that attempt to compete.”
More details here: RunSignUp.com/RuckNRun
Bottom Line Up Front: Honoring Those Who Serve(d)
This is George Fuller, the Founder & Race Director of Ruck ‘N’ Run.
For years, I wanted to help make a positive impact among fellow Veterans. I’ve seen and heard Veterans in need; some with physical/mental combat wounds, others that are homeless, some are both. I’m concerned how commercialized Veterans Day and even Memorial Day have become. It’s not about a sale. It’s about our Service Members.
With this in mind, I wanted to put action behind words. As a Veteran and a prior Drill Sergeant, I’ve seen first hand what the military and supporting communities can accomplish together. So, I came up with an event that brings our local community together to focus on giving back to Veterans, especially those in need. It’s called Ruck ‘N’ Run (RNR).
RNR is designed to help the local community honor our Veterans. So far, we’ve gathered over 500 participants and volunteers and raised $6,500 and 3,177 lbs of food for local non-profit Veteran organizations. This was a huge success and wouldn’t have been possible without our local community, including Service Members, that volunteered their time at last year’s event.
RNR brings Veterans and civilians together in a fun, motivating, yet challenging event to honor those who serve(d). RNR is a “boot camp inspired” 5.56K walk/run, with 5 stations along the route where participants complete a set of exercises.
This year, RNR is on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11 in Republic, MO (just west of Springfield).
Everyone that competes will earn a finisher medal and event shirt. This year, we are donating to Combat Boot & High Heels; a non-profit Veterans organization. Just like last year, we’re collecting canned goods for Home at Last; a local non-profit that assists Veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Although RNR isn’t an official military endorsed event, we had groups of Service Members from Fort Leonard Wood and the surrounding area compete and volunteer in last year’s event. We’ve already surpassed the number of registered participants from last year and project to have about 400 participants this year.
Any support for this event would greatly help honor our local Veterans and raise awareness about local Veteran organizations. We appreciate any help to get this information about RNR disseminated throughout our community.
Here’s a direct link to our registration page: RunSignUp.com/RuckNRun
If you can’t make it to Republic, MO on November 11, you can do our shadow event. You choose the route and the day. You’ll earn the same shirt and finisher medal. Click here for complete information: RunSignUp.com/RuckNRunVirtual
Again, as a Veteran, I want to thank you for your time. Feel free to share this information with those you know. By doing so, you’re helping Ruck ‘N’ Run be a huge success again this year. I look forward to seeing you by the fire pit on Nov 5th!
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Honored to be your Ruck ‘N’ Run Race Director