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3rd Annual (2017)

***Update as of June 28: Our 5 stations are optional. However, if you are competing for a placement medal, they are required.***

Ruck ‘N’ Run brings together Veterans and Civilians in a fun, motivating yet challenging event to honor those who serve(d).

Are you ready for the 3rd annual Ruck ‘N’ Run? Register at RunSignUp.com/RuckNRun

This year, Ruck ‘N’ Run is raising awareness and donating to:
1. Combat Boots & High Heels (CB&HH):
a. A Veteran 501(c)(3) that strives to Engage, Enable, and Empower men and women through mentorship and assistance. CB&HH is additionally focused on addressing certain unique needs that female service members encounter. CB&HH volunteers and advocates tirelessly dedicate themselves to battling the negative effects present in today’s Veteran community, such as suicide, depression, homelessness, unemployment, and poverty.
b. More information at: www.combatbootsandhighheels.org

2. Home at Last (a program of The Kitchen, Inc.):
a. During our event, canned goods provided by participants will be collected and donated to Home at Last.
b. Home at Last serves Veteran families who are homeless or would be homeless but for this organization’s assistance.
c. More information at: www.thekitcheninc.org/home-at-last.html

(If you can’t make it to Republic, MO…compete where you live in our virtual event. You’ll get the same event shirt and finisher medal. Register atwww.RunSignUp.com/RuckNRunVirtual)

Ruck ‘N’ Run is a motivating “boot camp” style walk/run that’s drastically challenging the definition of the average 5K and those that attempt to compete.

Through just two past Ruck ‘N’ Run events, $6,500 and 3,177lbs of food has been donated to Veteran organizations!

Ruckers ruck (walk with their own rucksack/backpack)
Runners run (do not wear a rucksack/backpack)

Ruck ‘N’ Run is a walk/run event with a little extra. 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.

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 15, 2017 to guarantee you get an event t-shirt.

Packet Pickup:
Thursday, November 9 at 12pm – 7pm
Fleet Feet Sports Springfield (Formerly Ultramax Sports)
1254 E Republic Rd
Springfield, MO 65804.

Friday, November 10 at 4pm – 8pm
(Bring your hotdogs and burgers and join us by the fire pit!)
Ruck ‘N’ Run Base Camp
1100 W HWY 174
Republic, MO 65738

Late Packet Pickup: Base Camp (1100 W HWY 174, Republic, MO); Saturday, November 11, 7am – 7:20am. It is strongly recommended that you register and pick up your packet on or before Friday, November 10, 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.

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 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. Off site 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 11, on Veterans Day

Wake Up (for Campers): November 11th at 6:30am. Please use this time to break camp. However, feel free to break camp after RNR is complete.

Late Packet Pickup: Base Camp (1100 W HWY 174, Republic, MO); Saturday, November 11, 7am – 7:20am. It is strongly recommended that you register and pick up your packet on or before Friday, November 10, 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.

Late registration: Closes at exactly 7:20am on November 11.

Opening Ceremony: 7:30am. We will gather around the fire pit and stage. Republic High School JROTC will present the Colors and sing the National Anthem. We will then honor the fallen with Taps, and end the opening ceremony in prayer.

Starting line: Runners start time is 8:00am and 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 out “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. To be eligible for a placement medal, you are required to complete 25 reps at each station. If you’re a Rucker, your rucksack must be 45lbs for men or 35lbs for women.

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 a placement medal, you are required to complete 25 reps at each station. If you’re a Rucker, your rucksack must be 45lbs for men or 35lbs for women.

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 11, 2017.

Medical Assistance: In case of an emergency, call 911.

Communication: personal cell phones

Inclement weather: In the event of inclement weather, our contingency plan is to hold the event on Saturday, November 18th with packet pickup on Friday, November 17th. Inclement weather has to be crazy weather. Rain, cold, and snow won’t stop this event.

Refunds: All entry fees are non-refundable.

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 2017 even better? Please contact RNR at info@rucknrun.org

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