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Join us for the inaugural fundraising race Memorial Ruck & Run 5K! Taking place Memorial Day, this dual 5K experience serves as a solemn tribute to our brave men and women who have sacrificed for us.
In addition to honoring our heroes, a portion of the event's proceeds will be donated to Folds of Honor. They provided essential scholarships to the families of America's fallen or disabled military personnel. The remainder of the proceeds will be allocated to supporting local veterans, ensuring ongoing assistance within our community.
Gather your loved ones and join us as we come together to remember, honor, and support those who have served and sacrificed for our great nation.

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Important Information!

There are 3 tiers with 2 events (ruck or run) in each tier to choose from. Please read each tier carefully to ensure you choose the correct tier and event during registration.
Children 8 and younger are free.
This race is none refundable.
*Participants must sign up before the 16th to receive your t-shirt the morning of the race. Anyone that signs up on the 16th or after will have to pick up their t-shirt at Richard's Coffee Shop on a later date TBD. This is due to production timelines. We Thank you for your understanding.


While not mandatory, we encourage everyone to carry some form of pack, whether it's a rucksack, hiking pack, or backpack. The US military suggests a 35-lb pack for participants, however, feel free to adjust your load to match your fitness level.


Runners will receive a bib number and time tracker. Times will be posted later at this site. This is dependent on whether we have enough runners.

What's a ruck march?

Formally known as a loaded march, a ruck march can be very beneficial to bringing a group together in both a physically and mentally healthy way. The U.S. Army uses a ruck march as a core military skill; challenging recruits to not only finish 12 miles in three (3) hours but to do it with a weighted pack and rifle on their back. Although there is some variation in the weight that is carried, it is typical for rucksacks to be at least 35 pounds and can be as much as 70 pounds. Ruck marches are also used to simulate patrolling while in theater.


Average Pace: What’s a good pace for rucking? While your rucking pace will be determined by a lot of different factors, a good pace is around 11-15 minutes per mile. You can be anywhere within that range, and you’ll be doing well for yourself.

Tier 1 – Patriot

Ruck or run? You pick!

Includes commemorative t-shirt.
Participants will proudly carry a small 4"x8" American Flag.
Open registration is available now all the way to the morning of the event. 
Ruck Registration Run Registration

Tier 2 – Folds of Honor

Ruck or run? You pick!

Includes commemorative t-shirt and custom challenge coin.
Participants will proudly carry a full-size American Flag on a Pole. (Flag not included as a giveaway. Adults & older children recommended for this level to keep the Flag off the ground.) 
Space is limited. Registration is open until capacity is reached. 
Ruck Registration Run Registration

Tier 3

The Honor Detail is a special experience. Participants will have the opportunity to make this Memorial Day event more memorable by making a small sacrifice of their own.

Honor Detail


Includes commemorative t-shirt, custom challenge coin, and patch.
Ruckers will briefly feel what it takes to retrieve a fallen soldier off the battlefield by way of litter (military gurney stretcher).
Participation in Carrying the Fallen – Each participant will hold one corner handle of the litter (military gurney stretcher) for 10 minutes during the actual ruck march event. Four participants will be carrying the simulated fallen soldier at any given time. Litter could weigh 195 lbs. or more.
(Adults & teens recommended for this level due to the load bearing requirement.) 
Space is limited to 18 spaces. Registration is open until capacity is reached.
Ruck Registration

Honor Detail


Includes commemorative t-shirt, custom challenge coin, and patch.
Carrying load can simulate what soldiers go through at any given time during combat. From the gear they carry to the carrying another soldier off the battlefield.
Participants will be placed in teams of 4 and given one sandbag. The team is required to carry the sandbag for the entire 5K. How and when a team will carry the sandbag is entirely up to the team. Each teammate must take at least one turn carrying the sandbag.
Running with additional weight on your body is difficult. Be sure to take breaks as needed.
Space is limited to 20 spaces. Registration is open until capacity is reached.
Run Registration
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Location & Time

Behind Richards Coffee Shop – 165 N Main St. Mooresville, NC

Registration Opens: 8:00 AM at Richards Coffee Shop

Please show up promptly to receive your items and instructions for levels 2 & 3 participants.

Event Starts: 9:00 AM

Both the ruck & run will start promptly at 9:00 AM. It will conclude behind Richard's Coffee Shop. 

Memorial Day Ceremony: 10:00 AM

At 10:00, everyone is invited to gather in Liberty Park for the Memorial Day Ceremony. 

Water will be provided at drinking stations along the route. Snacks will be provided before and after the event.

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