Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How Long Is The Race? and What is a Ruck?
You can participate two ways and both are the same distance. This year it is a 9.11k ruck (carry a military rucksack or civilian backpack) with a minimum of 25 lbsfor the entire 9.11k or you can run the 9.11k distance. Both are going to test you physically.
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: 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?
Packet pickup will be held on Race morning:
September 9th: Groveport Rec Center 7am-8:30am. This is right before the start of the race. We will have plenty of volunteers to help everyone get your shirts and SWAG before the race starts.
Restrooms will be available at the start/finish area.
Q: Water Stations and Aid Stations?
There will be four water stations on the course.
There will be medical aid stations available if needed.
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?
9.11k kilometers. This is for both registrations. You can run or ruck.
Q: Is there a bag drop?
There will not be a bag drop. With same day packet pickup you can secure your belongings in your vehicle.
Q: How long do I have to complete the course?
The course will be open for 3 hours.
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.
There is a strict no refund policy. No exceptions can be made.
Q: I dont think I can complete 9.11k, 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.