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Packing and pacing

Warrior Ruck draws soldiers, sailors and swaddlers

September 9, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Saturday, teams of Ruckers set out on the second E'ville Warrior Ruck. The 2.5 mile or 10k march began and finished at the VFW with scores of local National Guard members picking up a pack and moving out, along with teams of friends, siblings, and one couple with a month-old baby in a front carrier. The ruck's route this year would through varied terrain and water with proceeds from registration fees benefitting the local military, veterans and their families.

A Ruck March is a way troops get from point A to point B on foot, according to the Legion.

Soldiers carry their own gear and move themselves to their destination under their own power. The Ruck is the military's version of a backpack. Participants weighing less than 150 pounds were required to carry a 10 pound or greater pack while those weighing more than 150 pounds had to carry at least 20 pounds.

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Ruck Marches have been used as training exercises since the inception of the military.

Ruckers had the choice of going for the challenge or competition. The first complete team or individual to cross the finish line won with awards given to all who completed the ruck and special recognition to winners.



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