Rucking for a Reason
What is a Ruck March?
A ruck march is simply moving with a backpack (or in the army a "ruck"); whether you want to walk, jog, or run. This is a common physical activity in the military for they have to carry gear during missions.
Why a Ruck March?
The purpose of this 5K ruck march is to truly remember why we celebrate Memorial Day in the first place. It's more than just having a day off of work and enjoying fishing, camping, grilling, or spending time with your friends and family. Memorial Day is about remembering those who truly gave the ultimate sacrifice and their loved ones have to somehow learn how to move on.
This year all proceeds from Rucking for a Reason will go to Eagle's Healing Nest out of Sauk Centre. The Eagle's Healing Nest is a non-profit organization committed to meeting the needs of veterans, service members, and their families who suffer from the invisible wounds of war. While these veterans may be around physically and haven't paid the ultimate sacrifice, they have been changed forever by homelessness, PTSD, alcohol or drug abuse, and mental illness that have changed them forever. The money raised for this 5K will go to this organization; who is only funded by local donations.
For more information on the Eagle's Healing Nest, click here.
Where will the Ruck March take place?
This 5K starts at Colvill Park and we will run up Skyline Drive to the top of Memorial Park, run the loop, and come back down. It is a steep hill. It will be a challenge and it'll be hard. However, this march is easier than being a gold star mother; than hearing the 21 gun salute; than holding your "brother or sister" in your arms as they pass; and easier than being a child or spouse moving on in life without your best friend or parent.
A note from Coach Hesse
Coach Hesse is a Sergeant with the 34th Military Police Company in Stillwater, MN
“I have done numerous ruck marches and it's not only physically demanding, but more so mentally. You never get winded because your strides are shortened by the weight of the pack, but your muscles will fatigue quicker, may even cramp. Your feet, back, and shoulders may ache like never before.
My mind told me many times to stop, slow down, and it'd be okay to not finish. What kept me going is knowing that many people had suffered more than me. That time will heal my wounds, but not for those who had died fighting for my country. So when that pain hits, remember those brave men and women, put the next foot in front of you, and keep marching.”
Ruck March details and recommendations from Coach Hesse
In the military, they instilled in us to always have a "battle buddy" with you at all times so you are never alone. I encourage each of you to have a battle buddy for this march so they can help motivate you to finish.
A backpack/ruck is strongly encouraged. It doesn't matter how much weight you have in it, but most Army standard ruck marches have 30 lbs. Plus I'd recommend a backpack with a waist and chest strap for extra support.
We will meet in Colvill Park by the south end of the park closer to the boat landing and water park and will start at 5AM. There will be a speech that will last for about 10-15 minutes and will start rucking after that. We will gather tentatively at 6:45 am and close at 7 am.
Refreshments and snacks will be provided.
If you don't want to participate in the march, but still want to help out, the Eagle's Nest still takes donations.