Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How Long Is The Race? and What is a Ruck?

You can participate in three ways. You can Run the 20k, you can Ruck (carry a military rucksack or civilian backpack) with a minimum of 25 lbsfor the entire 20k, or you can ruck the first 9k, drop your ruck and run the last 11k (The Ruck & Run)

  • If you elect to participate in the Ruck & Run, you will be allowed to drop your ruck at the 9k split point. It will be returned to you at the finish line. Rucks will be transported to the finish line in batches approximately every 25-30 minutes.

Q: Where can I park?

There WILL BE PARKING AT THE GROVEPORT REC CENTER. This is a change from the previous plan thanks to the generosity of the City of Groveport.

Q: How many people will be allowed to race?

This race will have a cap at 2995. The intent is that there were 2995 EMS, Military and Civilians killed on Sept 11th and every participant will have 1 of those 2995 names on their race bib. You will be running for one of them.

Q: What if I want to run for someone specific?

If you would like to race for a specific individual who lost their life that day, please reach out to us by clicking here. Out of respect for the families of the fallen, we do ask that you have some relationship with the individual you are requesting to represent. The individual’s name will be placed on your race number “bib”. Those who do not request a specific individual will be assigned someone to run for.

Q: Pre Race Activities?

Pre-race activities will begin at 8:00 am at the Groveport Rec Center and will include music, bagpipes, vendors, guest speakers, color guard, National Anthem and more activities.

Q: When does the race start?

It is important that you plan to arrive at the designated parking areas at least an hour or more before the race start time. Please take this warning seriously as those who arrive late may not be able to participate. The race starting “gun” will go off twice. The first group of participants (runners not carrying a ruck) will start at 8:46am. This is the time that the North Tower was struck. The second wave of participants will include anyone participating with a ruck. Including both ruck & run and ruck only divisions. The second wave will start at 9:02am. The time that the South Tower was struck.

Q: When & where will packet pickup be held?

ALERT: These Times Have Changed

Packet pickup will be held on the following dates:

September 9th: Groveport Rec Center 4pm – 8pm

Friends or relatives may pick up packets for others but must have ID (photo copies are acceptable) for the individual packet being picked up. NO RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP.

If you require special circumstances for packet pickup, please contact us using the contacts us page of this site.

Q: Will there be race morning packet pickup?

Generally, no. Given the number of participants who will be traveling to the race start line, race day packet pickup is not possible. If special circumstances exist, please reach out to the race director from the contact us page.

Q: Restrooms?

Restrooms will be available at the start finish area as well as at the 9k split.

Q: Water Stations and Aid Stations?

There will be five water stations on the course (Mile’s 2, 4, 6, 8, 10) and two refueling (energy stations) at Miles 4 and 8.

There will be medical aid stations at miles 3, 6 and 9

Q: Where does the race start and finish?

The race starts and finishes at the same location. The Groveport Rec Center 7370 Groveport Rd. Groveport, OH 43125.

Q: How long is the race?

20 kilometers (12.4 Miles). The split point for Ruck & Run Participants to drop their ruck is 9k (5.6 Miles) into the the race.

Q: Is there a bag drop?

Yes, If you need to leave items behind while you complete the course, there will be an area for you to leave bags behind. Bags are subject to search. Ruck. Run. Remember is not responsible for lost items left at the bag drop.

Q: How long do I have to complete the course?

The course will be open for 3 hours and 30 minutes. The course will be reopened to traffic on a rolling basis at a pace equal to 16 minutes per mile. Any participant who is unable to maintain this pace will be offered a ride to the finish or asked to move to the side of the road and follow pedestrian laws.

Q: What exactly is a ruck? and why would I want to carry one?

A ruck is the military version of a back pack. If you wish to ruck, you are required to provide your own pack (any pack that hangs on your back is acceptable). The pack must weigh at least 25 lbs. The reason for carrying a ruck is to gain insight into the world of the warriors who carry as much as 100 pounds of gear into battle and to 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.

Q: Can I bring a stroller?

Unfortunately not. Strollers represent a danger to other participants and are not allowed.

Q: I have a service dog, can they come with me?

Yes, BUT please start the race at the back of the starting pack to avoid others tripping on your leashe and for the safety of the animals. ALSO, you must provide a safe environment for the animal. Dogs who appear exasperated will be removed from course. Please keep in mind that dogs require endurance just like humans. If your service animal is not used to this type of exercise, please leave them at home. You must be able to show proof of the animals official service animal status.

PLEASE take into consideration the weather and how it affects your animal.

Q: Refunds?

There is a strict no refund policy. No exceptions can be made.

Q: I dont think I can complete 20k, can I participate as a team/relay?

Each participant must complete the entire course as an individual. This does not preclude groups from racing together but there is no relay division and awards will be calculated on an individual basis.