Charlotte asked to wear a ruck in support of wounded vets

July 9, 2018 by  

A rucksack is a piece of equipment worn by many members of the military while they perform their duties, and an event that has been built around this symbol of strength and endurance has been planned for Charlotte this summer.

The city will be hosting a ruck tour that will begin once the cool of the evening has arrived. It will be one of 60 marches that will be taking place all across the country, and will support Operation Enduring Warrior.

The route for the activity will be approximately 12 miles long, and the group will keep a moderate pace. The participants will move as a team, and there will be short breaks along the way. There is no set weight for the marchers to carry in their ruck, but they are asked to have at least two full quarts of water as well as a flashlight or headlamp, and to add a piece of reflective tape or a band to their pack so that it will be noticed in the dark.

At the end of the route, the group will hold a closing ceremony where they will hear a testimonial from a veteran or adaptive athlete. The organizers noted that this year will include police officers, and the public is invited to join the activity and extend a hand of support to local cops. Reusable pop up banners for this type of function can be prepared by a local banner printing company.

The 2018 City Ruck Tour will be staged in Charlotte on August 24. The group will head out from 399 N. Kings Drive.