The Patriot Ruck in Detroit

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What is the Patriot Ruck in Detroit?

    The Patriot Ruck in Detroit is a 3 mile or 6 mile Rucksack walk in Downtown Detroit, Michigan to honor active duty military members, military veterans and first responders who have served and or sacrificed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. This event brings together the civilian and military community and builds widespread awareness and support for our military and first responders. All proceeds from the Patriot Ruck benefit local military members and veterans through a donation to “Wins for Warriors Foundation”.

A Marine supervises from the center of The Basic School permanent personnel battalion during a 10-mile Ruck on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., June 28, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cuong Le

What is a Rucksack and a Ruck?

    A Rucksack is also known as a Backpack. Rucksack is a word derived from two German words, Rücken and Sack. Rücken means “Back” and Sack means “Bag”. In the American Military they refer to a Backpack as Rucksack or a Pack. But a Rucksack is usually larger than a Backpack.  

    A Ruck is a walk or march with a Rucksack or Pack on your back. Usually called a Force March or Hump in the military. Parts of military physical training (PT) includes Force Marches (Rucks) with a military Rucksack filled with military gear.

    The Patriot Ruck in Detroit is basically the same as an organized run/walk, but walking with a Rucksack on your back.

When is the Patriot Ruck in Detroit?

    The first Patriot Ruck in Detroit was on Saturday, September 9, 2017 and is usually held on the Saturday or Sunday just before September 11th. September 11th is also known as Patriot Day. Patriot Day is a national day of mourning in memory of the people killed in the September 11 attacks of 2001.

    The second Patriot Ruck in Detroit was on on Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 9:00 am-Noon. Before, during and after the Ruck there were games, activities, food, music, climbing wall, face-painting, and a military veteran service expo. This family-friendly festival took placed in the parking lot at the intersection of Atwater & Beaubien.

Who can participate in the Patriot Ruck in Detroit?

    Anyone and everyone can join the Patriot Ruck. No rucking experience required. There are no age restrictions. You can Ruck (walk) at your own pace. This is a family friendly event, however family pets are not permitted unless the pet is a registered service animal. Strollers are allowed, if your small child or infant wants to participate.

What type of Rucksack do I need?

    You can use any type of backpack and comfortable shoes. However, carrying a Backpack is not a requirement to participate. If you want to participate with a Military Style Backpack, I recommend this inexpensive SOG Tactical Day Pack model here on Amazon that comes in six different colors. See my review of this SOG Backpack here. There is also a Captain America Military Style Backpack here on Amazon that is popular with both children and adults.

   The Patriot Ruck does not have any minimum weight required to be placed in the Backpack. You can place as little or as much weight in your Backpack as you wish. Placing a symbolic weight (about 10 lbs) in your ruck will help simulate the required physical demand of military ruck marches and the weight carried by our first responders.  However, participants are encouraged to safely carry a Backpack based on their weight and level of physical fitness. The average weight for Military Rucks are between 75-100 lbs, and firefighter gear weighs on average 75+ lbs.

Where is the Ruck Route?

    The 2018 Patriot Ruck started and ended along the riverfront near the GM Renaissance Center. The location was in the parking lot at the intersection of Atwater & Beaubien. From there, the ruck went along the Detroit’s Riverfront for three-mile or six-mile route depending on the selection of the participants. The Ruck usually kicks off with a special ceremony including a National Anthem performance.

2018 Patriot Ruck in Detroit

What are the Registration Costs and Categories?

There are two major categories, 3 Mile Ruck and 6 Mile Ruck. There is also a Virtual Ruck for those who can not make it to Detroit. It is important to note that the ruck registration fees are non-refundable and the Ruck takes place rain or shine. All proceeds from the Patriot Ruck will benefit the Wins for Warriors Foundation.

The 3 Mile Ruck has 3 subcategories as follows:

3 Mile Ruck $35– Standard registration rate for all participants planning to ruck 3 miles. Includes exclusive Under Armour Patriot Ruck T-Shirt, Ruck Bib, Map of Course, Real-Time Photo Uploads, Finish-Line Photo Opportunity, and commemorative Wins for Warriors Flag.

3 Mile Ruck Military/Veteran/First Responder Discount Price $25- Discounted registration rate for all participants planning to ruck 3 miles that are military members, veterans or first responders, including immediate family members. Includes exclusive Under Armour Patriot Ruck T-Shirt, Ruck Bib, Map of Course, Real-Time Photo Uploads, Finish-Line Photo Opportunity, and commemorative Wins for Warriors Flag.

NO SHIRT – 3 MILE RUCK Military/Veteran/First Responder Discount Price $10- A special rate for all military members, veterans and first responders who want to Ruck at an even greater reduced rate. Please note: this package does NOT include an Under Armour Patriot Ruck T-Shirt but includes the Ruck Bib, Map of Course, Real-Time Photo Uploads, Finish-Line Photo Opportunity, and commemorative Wins for Warriors Flag.

These are the 6 Mile Ruck subcategories:

6 Mile Ruck $35- Standard registration rate for all participants planning to ruck 6 miles. Includes exclusive Under Armour Patriot Ruck T-Shirt, Ruck Bib, Map of Course, Real-Time Photo Uploads, Finish-Line Photo Opportunity, and commemorative Wins for Warriors Flag.

6 Mile Ruck Military/Veteran/First Responder Discount Price $25- Discounted registration rate for all participants planning to ruck 6 miles that are military members, veterans or first responders, including immediate family members. Includes exclusive Under Armour Patriot Ruck T-Shirt, Ruck Bib, Map of Course, Real-Time Photo Uploads, Finish-Line Photo Opportunity, and commemorative Wins for Warriors Flag.

NO SHIRT – 6 Mile Ruck Military/Veteran/First Responder Discount Price $10- A special rate for all military members, veterans and first responders who want to Ruck at an even greater reduced rate. Please note: this package does NOT include an Under Armour Patriot Ruck T-Shirt but includes the Ruck Bib, Map of Course, Real-Time Photo Uploads, Finish-Line Photo Opportunity, and commemorative Wins for Warriors Flag.

Special Virtual Ruck Category

VIRTUAL Ruck $35

For those who cannot make the event in Detroit you can Ruck from anywhere in the Country and they will mail you an exclusive Under Armour Patriot Ruck T-Shirt and commemorative Wins for Warriors Flag.

Registration Deadline/Packet Pickup Information/Same Day Registration

For information about Registration Deadlines, Packet Pickup Times and Locations or Same Day Registration information visit PatriotRuckDetroit.com or Winsforwarriors.org.