1st Annual (2015)

1st Annual (2015):

Ruck ‘N’ Run brings together both Veterans and Civilians in a fun, motivating yet challenging event to honor those who’ve serve(d) in the U.S. Military while raising awareness and benefiting Veteran organizations.

Ruck: (verb) To walk with a rucksack/backpack
Ruck: (noun) Rucksack is the German word for backpack. Ruck, as a noun, is a shortened version of rucksack. In a sentence: “I will ruck (verb) with my ruck (noun).”

Register here: www.runsignup.com/Race/MO/Republic/RUCKNRUN

Ruck ‘N’ Run is a walk/run event with a little extra.
Ruckers walk with their own rucksack/backpack.
Runners do not have a rucksack/backpack.There are 5 stations along the route where participants must complete a set of exercises before continuing (push ups, body weight squats, etc.). They are completed on the “honor system.” There are 2 options to choose from; 10 reps OR 25 reps of the station exercises. Having a rucksack with a waist belt is better than having a regular school backpack. You can take your ruck off if needed but the challenge is in keeping it on.
Raising Awareness & Benefiting These Veteran Organizations:
1. Camp Hope
a. Fifty percent (50%) of entry fees from the November 7, 2015 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: www.chrisnealfarm.com
2. Home at Last (a program of The Kitchen, Inc.)
a. During the November 7, 2015 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: www.thekitcheninc.org/home-at-last.html

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.

Packet Pickup:

Thursday, November 5th at 12pm – 6pm
Ridge Runner Sports
3057 S Fremont Ave
Springfield, MO 65804.
Friday, November 6th 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.Ruck ‘N’ Run will not be responsible if you miss the start of the event due to registration delays on Saturday morning.

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 7th

Wake Up: November 7th 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 6:20am on November 7th.

Late Packet Pickup: At RNR Base Camp; Saturday, November 7, 6am – 6:20am. It is strongly recommended that you register and pick up your packet on or before Friday, November 6, to avoid potential long lines and significant congestion on Saturday. Your packet will include a small plastic chip that is used to track your time. This must be returned after completing the route to avoid being charged a fee.

Opening Ceremony: Listen for the bugle to play “Assembly” to signal to gather at the stage 6:20am. At 6:30am 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 7:00am
Ruckers: Start time is 7:30am

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.

Route: 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
5. Burpees

There are 2 options to choose from; 10 reps OR 25 reps of the station exercises. At each station, there will be water and/or snacks.

After Route Completion: Once each participant finishes the event, they are encouraged to cheer on others (from the side lines) as they finish. Please stay clear of the actual finish line/lane. Please take canned goods to the designated donation area. Please make sure to return your timing chip to avoid a fee.

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). 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 7th, 2015.

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 info@rucknrun.org

Inclement Weather: In the event of inclement weather, our contingency plan is to hold the event on Saturday, November 21st with packet pickup on Friday, November 20th.

Refunds: All entry fees are non-refundable and any participants that register on or after October 7, 2015 is not guaranteed an event t-shirt.

The information mentioned above is subject to change and we will do everything we can to communicate any changes in a timely manner.

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