Created by an Army Drill Sergeant, Ruck ‘N’ Run® honors Veterans and connects the community through fun, motivating, yet challenging walk/run events for the whole family!
Ruck ‘N’ Run, Inc. was born out of a desire to:
Honor those who serve(d) by refocusing the overcommercialization of U.S. military observances.
Build camaraderie through shared experiences, interests, & accomplishments.
Connect the community through common ground, collective goals, & a deep sense of belonging, tradition, & purpose.
Simply stated, our Three Pillars are:
Honor Those Who Serve(d)®
Connect the Community
Created by an Army Drill Sergeant, Ruck ‘N’ Run® honors Veterans & connects the community through fun, motivating, yet challenging events.
Ruck ‘N’ Run® (yearly event): Commenced in 2015, this boot camp inspired walk/run that drastically challenges the definition of the average 5K & those that attempt to compete. This is our original & main event held on the Saturday before Veterans Day, on location in Republic, MO, or where you choose (Shadow).
“In Their Honor” Fund: Provides assistance to families when a U.S. Service Member passes away. This can help offset the cost of food, lodging, transportation, & other unforeseen, incurred expenses.
Monthly Ruck ‘N’ Run Gatherings: This is where the rubber meets the road. These monthly gatherings provide an opportunity to build upon our Three Pillars on a regular basis. Our first official ruck club is Ruck 417. Click here to view our monthly events. More ruck clubs are forming.
As of January 1, 2019, we’ve donated $15,000 and 6,183 pounds of food to nonprofit Veteran organizations to help Veterans in need.
Here’s what others are saying…
“Best challenge run of the year!” – Paula T.
“Awesome event, awesome cause. Challenging course and we loved it. Cannot wait until next year! Great job staff.” – Cassia S.
“Well done race, for a great cause. Running and boot camp style exercise along the way…what more could you ask for? Then you factor in how much of the proceeds go to the actual charity and you have a winning event.” – Julia W.
“Growing up in a running family, I’ve participated in several organized races in my years but the Ruck N Run checked all the boxes for me […] Everything from the information dissemination, sponsors, timing, and benefactors fit well and ran smoothly. The race itself is one long circuit course that will attack your body from every angle. Having all of the services out there represented and the camaraderie of the Veterans and their supporters just makes the whole event warm and welcoming. Good stuff.” – Christopher K.