ALCON (that’s the Military’s way of addressing “all concerned”),
Now that the dust has settled a bit, I wanted to reach out to you with an update. The 3rd annual Ruck ‘N’ Run was a huge success! I want to thank everyone involved!
You’re a vital part of the Ruck ‘N’ Run community! Your feedback helps us grow. Please click here to give your feedback.
Because of our outstanding Participants, Volunteers, and Sponsors, Ruck ‘N’ Run raised:
That’s something to be very proud of, but that’s not all! That brings the overall total to $10,500 and 4,459lbs of food donated to Veteran organizations! Together, we continue to make a huge impact on our community, all while honoring Veterans!
Speaking of numbers, here’s the breakdown:
- 231 Local Registrants! (That’s 589, counting all 3 years! Most have competed each year!)
- 14 Virtual Registrants that did the event in OK, KS, IA, MD, SC, and even two Service Members competed while deployed overseas!
Photos! (Thank you Sharpshooters! Free to download and share! #RuckNRun2017)
- Batch one (use pin 3290)
- Batch two (no pin needed)
- Batches three and four are on the way and will be posted to our Facebook page.
Videos! (These 2 amazing videos were made by Tim Michalak and his team! Please share both videos.)
- Did you see our recap video? You might be in it. Click here.
- Why does Ruck ‘N’ Run exist? Click here to see the video.
Facebook: Have you joined our exclusive Ruck ‘N’ Run Facebook group? Click here to join the conversation.
Make sure to wear your red event shirt on Fridays for R.E.D. Friday, which stands for Remember Everyone Deployed.
A huge THANK YOU to:
- Our host, Meadowview Baptist Church and Members who volunteered!
- Our sponsors, POPTV, Mid-Missouri Bank, Law Office of Doug Fredrick, Cherokee Firearms, Drury University College of Continuing Professional Studies, Pinegar Chevrolet, and Vance Chiropractic!
- Republic High School’s JROTC, National Anthem singer, and bugle players!
- Our Volunteers!
- Our DJ, Gabriel Ehrlich with All About You Photography & Sound!
- These media outlets that helped get the word out: POPTV, KOLR10, KOZL, Q102, 88.3 The Wind, KSGF, Missouri Neon, and so many others!
- Republic Police Department!
- SFC Combs of the U.S. Army Recruiting Center – Springfield, MO!
- Village Inn of Republic for providing those amazing pumpkin pancakes!
- Brick & Mortar Coffee and Black Rifle Coffee Company for the coffee!
- BWI Sanitation of Springfield for providing facilities!
Official Ruck ‘N’ Run Gear (YETIs, Hoodies, Patches, Shirts, and Stickers!)
- If you ordered something from the Official Ruck ‘N’ Run Online Store but did not pick up your order at the event, please shoot me an email.
- If you want to order some gear, click here. FREE SHIPPING through Dec 31!
Again, you’re a vital part of the Ruck ‘N’ Run community! Your feedback helps us grow. Please click here to give your feedback. I can’t wait to see you by the fire pit at next year’s Ruck ‘N’ Run on Saturday, November 10, 2018!
Hey! This is George, Creator & Race Director of Ruck ‘N’ Run.
Bottom line up front:
Our new right sleeve flag design and why.
I just wanted to let you all in on a little secret. There are so many Veteran owned businesses. I’m thankful for these Veteran owned businesses and the support given to them.
I see so many Veteran or military inspired shirts out there, most of the time with the U.S. flag on the right sleeve. You’ve seen it on our shirts in the past. Since the flag is to be placed to its own right, the union (blue star field) is always to the upper left, whether it’s horizontal or vertical. If a flag is vertical and the union is upper right, the flag is bowing. Our flag doesn’t bow.
The flag on the right shoulder looks backwards because if it were an actual flag carried into battle, the flag would wave behind the pole as the person is advancing into battle. Veterans describe the flag on the right sleeve as “assaulting forward.”
Why? Because having the flag on the right shoulder with the union upper left (like normal), the flag would have the appearance of retreating.
If you know me, you know I do things differently. I march to the beat of my own drum and I most likely made the drum too. I wanted to create something unique to Ruck ‘N’ Run but be instantly recognizable to our Veteran and supporting community.
So, in keeping with this, I created a new right sleeve flag design…a U.S. flag on a pole, waving as it’s assaulting forwards into battle.
I’m so grateful for every one of you! I’m so thankful for a hugely successful and a very fun, motivating, challenging, and encouraging 2nd annual Ruck ‘N’ Run. RNR is a pure joy, of which I am honored to be a part of.
I made it home safely to my AMAZING family. Those Appalachian Mountains were no joke, pulling our car with a 15 foot moving truck.
I got home in time for dinner on Veterans Day. The next day, we unloaded our “sardine can.” Now we have all our stuff here in DC. Our kids are back in school today. My military leave has ended and I go back to work tomorrow with my head held that much higher because of all of YOU! I also need to finish my 2 grad school classes that have been simmering on the backburner for a bit.
Now that the dust is settling, I’m wrapping up the 2nd annual (still lots to do, more pictures are coming, gear is still available here ) and gearing up for the 3rd annual. Really? Yes! There’s so much to do and I only gave myself 90 days this year, from start to finish (pun intended). Registration for our 3rd annual RNR is OPEN! Register at RunSignUp.com/RuckNRun
This year, with the advice of so many, including some advice from the Army 10 Miler staff (37,000 participants! And I work right across the street from their office! What what!), I’m going to start right away. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
1st annual RNR:
930 lbs of food & $3,000 donated!
2nd annual RNR:
2,247 lbs of food & $3,500 donated!
There were 19 participants in the Virtual RNR, from:
Washington, DC (8)
Warner Robins, GA
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Belvoir, VA
The end game:
To give honor where honor is due! To honor Veterans!
I see RNR as a HUGE event. It’s huge now, believe me! The growth is phenomenal because of YOU!
However, I foresee RNR having 10s of thousands of participants in Republic, MO alone. I see RNR spreading throughout our great nation, generating megatons of food and providing huge amounts for LOCAL Veteran organizations.
Once again, RNR could not and WOULD not be what it is today without YOU. From participants to volunteers, from sponsors to photographers and videographers…YOU made RNR a success, AGAIN!
Every time I think about this, it gives my goosebumps. A participant was picking up her packet and she said…
RNR is going to EXPLODE, it’s going to be huge and I’m so glad I was part of RNR at the very beginning!
I actually teared up reading through the feedback responses. Yes, this Drill Sergeant teared up. Why? Because of this statement:
“Wonderful event; probably my favorite now. REALLY touched me that my dad’s name was on the memory board; please keep doing that every year. I felt like I did something really good in my dad’s honor and his name being visible to all made me proud; such a nice tribute.” (Provide your feedback: click here)
So, with a grateful heart, goosebumps, and something in my eye…
THANK YOU, you crazy-patriotic Ruckers ‘N’ Runners! I can’t wait for next year! See you by the fire pit!
Honored to be YOUR Race Director!
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!
Go here and click Invite to invite all your Facebook friends: Facebook Event
Honored to be your Ruck ‘N’ Run Race Director
A motivating “boot camp” style walk/run that’s drastically challenging the definition of the average 5K and those that attempt to compete.
Last year, you helped raise $3,000 and 930 lbs of food for local Veteran organizations!
With your help, we can double it this year!
Ruck ‘N’ Run brings together Veterans and Civilians in a fun, motivating yet challenging event to honor those who serve(d).
Ruck ‘N’ Run is a walk/run event with a little extra.
Ruckers walk with their own rucksack/backpack.
Runners do not wear a rucksack/backpack.
There are 5 stations along the route where participants must complete a set of exercises before continuing (push ups, bodyweight squats, etc.). Specific info below, under Route.
Raising Awareness & Benefiting These Local Veteran Organizations:
1. Camp Hope
a. Fifty percent (50%) of entry fees from the November 5, 2016 RNR event will be donated to Camp Hope, a 501(c)3 that provides a retreat for military Veterans wounded in the War on Terror.
b. Donations can be made directly from the Camp Hope website: Camp Hope
2. Home at Last (a program of The Kitchen, Inc.)
a. During the November 5, 2016 RNR event, canned goods provided by RNR participants will be donated to Home at Last (a program of The Kitchen, Inc.) serving Veteran families who are homeless or would be homeless but for this assistance. Our participants are asked to carry canned goods in their rucks during the event. At the end of the event, the canned goods will be unloaded from their rucks.
b. Donations can be made directly from their website: Home at Last
A friendly competition between U.S. Military branches will determine which branch finished with the fastest time for both Ruckers & Runners. Be sure to mark the branch you serve(d) in during registration to include your time in this competition.
Event shirts: Register before October 5, 2016 to guarantee you get an event t-shirt.
Thursday, November 3rd at 12pm – 7pm
Fleet Feet Sports Springfield (Formerly Ultramax Sport)
1254 E Republic Rd
Springfield, MO 65804.
Friday, November 4th at 4pm – 8pm
Ruck ‘N’ Run Base Camp
1100 W HWY 174
Republic, MO 65738
Printed or electronic copy of your confirmation email and photo ID is required to confirm registration and receive event packet. Payment must be made online or the morning of the event, during packet pick up. Cash is accepted. Check must be made payable to “Ruck ’N’ Run.” Receipts given upon request. After packet pickup, participants can set up overnight camp (optional) at Ruck ‘N’ Run Base Camp. If you used a coupon code, you must present proof of affiliation (e.g. Military ID if you received a military discount).
Ruck ‘N’ Run will not be responsible if you miss the start of the event due to registration delays on Saturday morning.
There’s nothing like Veterans gathered around a fire pit. Just ask anyone that deployed.
Join us at the fire pit after you register. Stay as long as you want, even camp out!
Camp out (optional): Gather around the fire pit to connect with other participants. Camping is at your own risk and we are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Bring your own camping supplies. If you would like to, bring the family. At least 1 participant per campsite (tent, RV, camper, etc.). Campers and RVs are welcome but utility hook ups are not available. Offsite disposal is your responsibility. Only fires in designated areas will be allowed in accordance with the Republic Fire Department.
The main event is Saturday, November 5th
Wake Up: November 5th at 5:30am. Listen for the bugle to play “Reveille.” Please use this time to break camp. However, feel free to break camp after RNR is complete.
Late registration will close at exactly 7:20am on November 5th.
Late Packet Pickup: At RNR Base Camp; Saturday, November 5, 7am – 7:20am. It is strongly recommended that you register and pick up your packet on or before Friday, November 4, to avoid potential long lines and significant congestion on Saturday. Your bib will have a white sticker on it. This is your time tracking chip. There is no need to return this bib/sticker as it is disposable.
Opening Ceremony: Listen for the bugle to play “Assembly” to signal to gather at the stage 7:20am. At 7:30am we will sing our National Anthem, honor the fallen (“Taps”), and end the opening ceremony in prayer.
Participants: Please treat others as you want to be treated. Please police up after yourself to reduce environmental impact. Runners may choose to run toward the center of the lane as they pass Ruckers.
Runners: Start time is 8:00am
Ruckers: Start time is 8:15am
There is no minimum or maximum to the weight allowed in rucks. How much canned goods can you safely carry? Participants provide their own rucksack.
During RNR: The route is not blocked off to traffic. Feel free to call up “vehicle from the rear” for safety, as you see fit.
The starting line is at the dead end on Meadowview Lane. This is also the finish line. Each participant must stay on the designated route. The route is 5.56K. There are 5 stations along our route. All participants (Ruckers & Runners) must complete the prescribed exercise at each station before continuing. The stations are designed to be completed without the necessity of ruck removal. Participants may choose to remove their ruck to complete the station. However, the challenge is to keep the ruck on, as this adds weight to the exercise. Safety first. These exercises are done on the “honor system.” It is highly recommended that each participant practice these 5 exercises along a 5.56K route on their own time, prior to the event.
1. Push ups
2. Jumping Jacks
3. Mountain Climbers
4. Body Weight Squats
There are 2 options to choose from; 10 reps OR 25 reps of the station exercises. 25 reps if you are competing for a medal.
After Route Completion: Once each participant finishes the event, they are encouraged to cheer on others (from the sidelines) of the finish line. Please stay clear of the actual finish line/lane. Please take canned goods to the designated donation area.
Closing Ceremony: Announcements will be made to assemble at the stage. Finisher’s medal for all participants. Placement medals will be presented to those that finish 1st, 2nd, & 3rd (fastest time) within specific categories (e.g. male/female, rucker/runner, etc). To be eligible for placement medal, participant must complete 25 reps at each station.
Form a team with a minimum of 4 to compete as Ruckers or Runners (one or the other). The team with the fastest 4 wins the team plaque.
Door prizes will be drawn by bib numbers.
Registration for next year: Receive 10% off next year’s RNR when purchased at the event on November 5th, 2016.
Medical Assistance: In case of an emergency, call 911.
Communication: Cell phone roster for volunteers will be provided.
Email list: Would you like to receive information about next year’s RNR? Tell us your thoughts. Do you have any feedback or ideas to make RNR 2016 even better? Please contact RNR at email@example.com
Inclement weather: In the event of inclement weather, our contingency plan is to hold the event on Saturday, November 19th with packet pickup on Friday, November 18th. Inclement weather has to be crazy weather. Rain, cold, and snow won’t stop this event.
Refunds: All entry fees are non-refundable.
The information mentioned above is subject to change and we will do everything we can to communicate any changes in a timely manner.
Mid Missouri Bank: www.midmobank.com