READY TO RUCK IN 2024!

5K ★ 10K ★ 30K

SATURDAY, MAY 18TH, 2024
DOUGLAS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL, CASTLE ROCK, CO

Memorial Day Run & March invites civilians, Veterans, and uniformed Military to challenge themselves in friendly competition while helping feed homeless Veterans.

PROUDLY ORGANIZED BY THE SPECIAL FORCES FOUNDATION

PROUDLY PARTNERED WITH

HELP FEED HOMELESS VETERANS

Bring dry goods or load up your rucksack to help fill our food donation truck.

EARN THE NORWEGIAN FOOT MARCH BADGE

Civilian and Military participants will earn the Norwegian Foot March Medal upon completing the 30K Ruck March

RACE, RUN, RUCK, WALK OR ROLL

We have 3 routes to choose from, for participants of all ages and capabilities

205,000

Pounds of food donated since 2015

30

Kilometers to show what you’re made of

25

Pound rucksack filled with dry goods required for 30K Ruck March

100%

Benefits local Colorado Veterans

HERE TO SERVE

FREE FOR KIDS 12 & UNDER

Kids 12 & under get FREE entry to fairgrounds and any route! Timing bib, medal, and shirt not included.

5K, 10K, AND 30K ROUTE OPTIONS

Supporting brain, body, and emotional well-being.

DOGS WELCOME

Career support, training, and care post-service.

SHIRT & FINISHER MEDAL

Creating community and belonging for Green Berets.

FOOD DONATIONS

Supporting brain, body, and emotional well-being.

NORWEGIAN FOOT MARCH BADGE & CERTIFICATE

Career support, training, and care post-service.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Creating community and belonging for Green Berets.

5k

RUN OR RUCK

Ruck, Walk, Run, Roll or Stroll on our “easiest” route that runs alongside the uniformed military 30K Ruck March competition. This 3.1-mile route is conquerable for runners, walkers, joggers and folks of all ages and capabilities. Special pricing for Veterans.

Ruck or Run option available!

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10k

RUN OR RUCK

This 6.2-mile route is takes you to the next level, running alongside the uniformed military 30K Ruck March competition. Special pricing for Veterans.

Ruck or Run option available!

More info

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30k

RUCK ONLY

Test your mettle with the ultimate: All civilian, veteran, and qualified uniformed military participants will receive the Norwegian Foot March Medal upon completing the 30K Ruck March within the allotted time, carrying a 25-lb rucksack filled with your dry good donations.

NO run option available.

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LOCATION

DOUGLAS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

2842 Front Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
(303) 387-1000

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, MAY 17TH, 4:00-6:00PM

TIME
LOCATION
EVENT
4:00PM - 6:00PM
DOUGLAS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
PACKET PICKUP

Saturday, May 18th, 2024

TIME
LOCATION
EVENT
6:30AM - 8:00AM
Douglas County High School
Registration Booth Open (Check-in for Pre-registered & New Day-Of Signups)
7:30AM
Douglas County High School
Presentation of Colors, Opening Remarks, National Anthem
8:00AM
Douglas County High School
30K Ruck March Start
8:10AM
Douglas County High School
10K Run & Ruck March Start
8:15AM
Douglas County High School
5K Run & Ruck March Start

SAFETY AND RULES

WHEELS THAT ARE ALLOWED

Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome, but please don’t bring bicycles, in-line skates, or anything else that will roll you faster to the finish line.

HEADPHONES

Headphones are perfectly fine, but stay alert and keep the volume down to hear any important announcements or instructions from the course staff.

PETS

Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on a leash at all times and clean up after them!

STAY ALERT

We try hard to make sure we have staff and volunteers available to guide participants throughout the course, but we urge everyone to be aware of their surroundings and look for fellow participants, route guides, route signage, and chalk arrows to avoid getting lost.

IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY

We urge everyone to carry a cell phone in the event that you or someone you see gets injured. If you need assistance with a golf cart or medical personnel, or are unable to finish the route and need to be picked up, please call the Race Director at (719) 359-4719We will have a golf cart and medical personnel on site. Remember, if necessary, please dial 911.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHEN AND WHERE IS THE MEMORIAL DAY RUN & MARCH?

The Memorial Day Run & March will be held RAIN OR SHINE on Saturday (May 18th) before Memorial Day at Douglas County High School (2842 Front St. Castle Rock, CO).

See above for the race day schedule.

IS THIS A FUN RUN OR A RACE?

Both! The 5K can be considered a fun run or walk, since it’s an easy 3.1 miles. That doesn’t mean the 5K can’t be a race either! All routes are chip-timed.

DO I NEED TO BE A TOP ATHLETE TO PARTICIPATE?

For the 5K/10K routes, you don’t need to be a top athlete! We offer 3 routes to encourage folks of all ages and capabilities to be able to participate and compete. If you’re a runner, it’s recommended to do the proper training leading up to a 5K/10K race. If you’re doing the 30K Ruck March, we DO recommend training ahead of time, with the equipment and amount of weight you plan on carrying. There are a lot of resources out there to help you train for a Ruck March. Good luck!

IS THIS A TIMED RACE?

Yes, ALL participants will receive a timing bib. These bibs start recording your time when you step over the Start line, and stop recording when you step over the Finish line, so you can be sure your time is accurate!

WHEN AND WHERE WILL RACE RESULTS BE POSTED?

At the event, the race results are planned to be posted as soon as possible. We will post the results online later in the day, as well as an email to all participants to who opted in for email.

SHOULD I TRAIN FOR THE 30K RUCK MARCH?

Yes. This is an extreme physical challenge, and it’s highly recommended to not only train, but train the proper way, and give yourself plenty of time to train. There are a lot of great resources out there, including the video below by Brad LcLeod from SealGrinderPT.com.

WHAT IS THE NORWEGIAN FOOT MARCH BADGE?

Quoted from the University of Southern Indiana website, Dr. Nils Johansen explains the Norwegian Foot March badge:

“There are often badges that Norwegian soldiers can earn ranging from skiing (biathlon), to an expert infantry badge and various track and field events including modern pentathlon,” said Johansen. “The foot march badge is considered a tough one, requiring physical stamina and mental capacity. It was instituted in 1915 and as a model, duplicates what a soldier could be expected to do in the field, move 30 km and carry a pack with rations. It is also easier to arrange since the badge does not have a marksmanship component, while the others either do or require special athletic equipment.”

WHERE CAN I FIND THE MILPER THAT AUTHORIZES THE NORWEGIAN FOOT MARCH BADGE FOR SUBMITTAL INTO OFFICIAL RECORDS?

Right here!

HOW MUCH WEIGHT DO I NEED TO CARRY IN MY RUCKSACK?

To complete 30K Ruck March and obtain the Norwegian Foot March Badge, it’s required to carry 25 lb, including the weight of the pack. That weight must be in the form of non-perishable food items that will be donated after the March.

WHAT ARE THE UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIFORMED MILITARY PARTICIPANTS?

All Uniformed Military participants must wear ACU or service equivalent. Non-standard T-shirts may be worn in place of the regulation T-shirts (Under Armour, for example) as long as it is of the same color. Distinctive unit T-shirts are authorized and are encouraged for unit esprit de corps for wear underneath the uniform.

CAN I BRING MY DOG?

Dogs are welcome on the routes, but unfortunately they are NOT allowed inside the Event Center (Freedom Fest). While on the route, please keep them leashed and clean up after them.

CAN I BRING MY KIDS OR STROLLER?

Yes, families with children are encouraged to sign up. Kids 12 & under get FREE entry (no T-shirt, timing bib, or medal).

Strollers are welcome, but the course this year will have some unpaved sections.

CAN I LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE I RUN?

Of course! But keep the volume level down so that you can stay alert and hear instructions from course staff.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET HURT?

If you need assistance with a golf cart or medical personnel, or are unable to finish the route and need to be picked up, call  (TBD). We will also have First Aid kits available at the Start/Finish as well as at all Water Stations along the routes.

If you see that someone needs immediate help or needs an ambulance, please dial 911!

HOW MUCH IN FOOD DONATIONS SHOULD I BRING?

As much as you want! 25lb pounds of food is required for the 30K Ruck March. Food donations are not required for the 5K or 10K runs, but we encourage participants and spectators to bring a few extra food donations to help feed homeless Colorado Veterans.

WHERE DOES ALL THE FOOD GO?

We donate the food collected to help feed local homeless Veterans. We donate to Warrior Warehouse & Redistribution Center, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Douglas Elbert County Task Force, among others.

HOW MUCH OF MY REGISTRATION GOES TO HELPING VETERANS?

100%! Your registration (and donations!) helps our organization, Colorado Veterans Project, continue to host special events in order to raise awareness and funds for local Veterans and Veterans organizations. Our mission is to enhance pride and patriotism in all Coloradans by building a stronger, more supportive community around our Veterans.