Nearly Naked Ruck March – Duluth

Nearly Naked Ruck March

March 31st, 2018

10:00 am


Hike 10 miles on Duluth's gorgeous lakewalk along the frozen Lake Superior in March! Wear your long underwear and carry a pack full of weight. The weight in your pack equals 1lbs for every $10 raised for 23rd Veteran (raise $400 and carry 40lbs, or raise $2,000 as a team of ten an each person on your team caries 20lbs). This weight represents the weight that we carry in the battle against combat stress.

We park in Canal Park on Saturday morning beginning at 8am for registration and bag pick-up. We step-off at 10am, hiking nearly 5 miles to Duluth East High School, turning around and hiking back for a total of approximately 10 miles. There are optional turn-around points along the way :)

Every so often you'll be greeted by a warming station with a bon-fire, tent, restrooms, coffee, and hot chocolate! Be sure to bring your own packs, any style will do. If you load them with canned goods or clothes you can drop them off for the local food shelf and the Disabled American Veterans at the finish line.

Costs for tickets go towards:

  • Registration bags
  • Beanie hat
  • T-shirt
  • Challenge coin
  • Insurance

All left-overs and all money raised goes directly to 23rd Veteran, our 501c3 nonprofit creating a long-term transition for veterans.

Veteran's and military members that would like to participate, but can't afford the event, please contact us!

How to register and raise money for our veterans - in 77 seconds!

Here's an in-depth look at the program you are helping make happen!

Nearly Naked Ruck March

March 31st, 2018

10:00 am


Step-off Speech

Your packs might get heavy. That weight on your shoulders symbolizes the weight in the battle beyond battles, and you have chosen to carry that weight. Many Americans are wanting do something, but few are willing to. This weight is you doing something, you’re raising awareness and raising money to improve veteran transitions to a civilian life.

You might get tired, but aren't we all, tired of the struggles, tired of anxiety, tired of the anger, we're tired of being tired. Many of us tired because last night we once again lied awake.

You might get cold, that cold represents the bone chilling truth the while we lose Americans in combat with dignity and honor, combat stress takes even more Americans, but it takes them in vain.

You will move forward, together, military, civilians, and veterans. We will put one foot in front of the other while carrying this weight of the burden for those wanting to because we are the ones who are willing to. We will march on to bring this awareness to our community and bring a team that will break the barriers of veteran isolation among our civilian ranks. Welcome to this 10 mile movement, welcome to the Nearly Naked Ruck March."

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