About The Race

The goal of Ruck. Run. Remember. is to insure that we never forget those lost on September 11, 2001 and the sacrifices that first responders and military personnel make to protect us from evil. As a result of the September 11 attacks 2,995* people lost thier lives. Each race participant will run in honor of one of the individuals who lost their lives that day.

Five Ways To Participate – NEW 10k OPTION

20k Ruck (Backpack Carry) & Remember

Carry a ruck sack (minimum 25 lbs) for the entire race distance. Gain insight into the world of the warriors who carry as much as 100 pounds of gear into battle. Feel a small portion of the pain that first responders feel as they carry 80+ pounds of turn out gear while they work to save lives every day.

20k Run & Remember

Run 20k along a beautiful, flat, fast course. Awesome memorial items, food trucks, and an amazing finisher experience await you. Running a fall marathon? This is a great tune up! Most importantly, remember those who have fallen protecting us from evil both at home and abroad.

9k Ruck + 11k Run = 20k Ruck Run & Remember

Want a taste of the ruck but unsure of your ability to complete 20k? No problem. We want as many people as possible to have a chance to experience the Ruck if they chose. You may “ruck” the first 9k and drop the pack to enjoy the final 11k.

10k Ruck (Backpack Carry) & Remember

Carry a ruck sack (minimum 25 lbs) for the entire race distance. Gain insight into the world of the warriors who carry as much as 100 pounds of gear into battle. Feel a small portion of the pain that first responders feel as they carry 80+ pounds of turn out gear while they work to save lives every day.

10k Run & Remember

Run 10k along a beautiful, flat, fast course. Awesome memorial items, food trucks, and an amazing finisher experience await you. Running a fall marathon? This is a great tune up! Most importantly, remember those who have fallen protecting us from evil both at home and abroad.

Registration

Register early, prices increase on August 1st and September 1st

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Medal, Gear, & memories

Shirt

The kind of gear you will be proud to wear for years to come.

Medal

Heavy, beautiful, and almost as well made as ROCKY boots.

Boots

Every participant will receive a coupon code to purchase ROCKY boots at a huge discount. ROCKY VIP participants receive a pair of boots free with their registration.

Charity Partners

Columbus Firefighters Foundation

“It is the mission of the Columbus Firefighters Foundation to improve the quality of life in the communities in which we work and live, and to create an overall positive impact through community service projects, partnerships, and philanthropic endeavors.” Learn More about the Columbus Firefighters Foundation here.

Get Behind The Badge

Get Behind The Badge was established in 2001 after the tragic line of duty death of Whitehall Officer Terry McDowell. During the violent attack of Officer McDowell, his partner Eric Brill was also shot and subsequently lost his eye. Officer Brill was unable to return to work as a law enforcement officer. Several weeks later on 9/11, New York City was attacked and dealt a very tragic loss of many lives including those of the first responders (police and fire personnel). These incidents and the line of duty deaths and critical injuries of several other Central Ohio first responders raised the awareness that we needed a charity to raise funds to assist the families of these fallen and injured heroes. Learn more here.

Motts Military Museum

Motts Military Museum was founded in 1987 by Warren E. Motts of Groveport, Ohio who established the museum as a 501 (C) 3 not for profit tax exempt educational organization. The mission of Motts Military Museum is to: “To educate the public on the importance of America’s military past through the documentation, collection, interpretation, and preservation of tangible artifacts and personal stories of the men and women who served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces.”

Originally established in the Motts family’s 1870 residence, the museum moved in 1999 to a more modern 5,100 square foot facility with nearly four acres of land. The new building and grounds were given to the Museum through the generosity of Columbus Attorney Robert R. Richards who was a former special agent of the War Department during World War II. Over the next several years the museum grew in leaps and bounds. Donations poured in from veterans and their families. The museum secured many vehicles, military aircraft, and a Higgins Boat from World War II. In 2001, the museum broke ground for a new wing and as funds were available the museum’s volunteer crew, many of whom were professional carpenters, electricians and other skilled tradesmen, worked on the 5,200 square feet area. By 2006, the entire structure was completed and paid in full. Currently items are being selected and installed in this new wing.

Fallen 15

Fallen 15 is dedicated to enriching the lives of and having a lasting impact on the Veteran community. Our Whole Warrior Programs and Events are designed to re-establish the bonds and camaraderie often found in a military environment. These characteristics, which are so important to the Veteran identity, are often lost upon returning home or transitioning out of the service. Restoration of these can aid in Warrior recovery and growth and are the benchmark of our success at Fallen 15.

A note about security

All participants and their gear will be subject to search at security personnel’s discretion.

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