A's for Vets Virtual 5K Ruck 'n Walk Challenge

Sun November 8 - Sun November 15


In your neighborhood, on the trail, around the track!


Join A’s for Vets for our first annual Virtual 5K Ruck ‘n Walk challenge during Veterans Appreciation Week, Nov. 8-15, 2020.  You are invited to join Lehigh Valley colleges, universities and community members as we Ruck OR Walk a 5K to recognize and honor all of veterans throughout the Lehigh Valley.  Academics for Veterans (A's for Vets) is an alliance formed by the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council consisting of Institutions of Higher Learning in the Lehigh Valley endeavoring to better assist veterans seeking education and support. For more information about A's for Vets, visit http://a-for-vets.org/.


*Donations will go to the Valor Clinic Foundation.

Here's how it works:

  1. Choose your challenge - 5K Ruck OR Walk! Everyone participating in the Ruck will carry as much or as little weight as you feel comfortable with (The suggested ruck weight is 10% of your bodyweight).
  2. Choose your team - Join your favorite college or university team and help them move to the top of the leader board with the miles you Ruck OR Walk! 
  3. A digital race bib will be automatically assigned and emailed to you. 
  4. Choose your route - Ruck OR Walk your 5K (3.12 miles) anywhere! In your neighborhood, on the trail, around the track, on a treadmill.
  5. Choose your date and time - Ruck OR Walk anytime between Nov. 8-15, 2020. 
  6. Choose your tracking device - use your Fitbit or try Strava or RunKeeper to track your 5K!
  7. Submit your results - Results can be submitted anytime before Nov. 15, 2020 23:59. Optional: Upload a selfie of your tracking device as you cross your finish line!!
  8. Don't forget to download your finisher's certificate to show off your achievement!


  • All registrants who submit their results by Nov. 15, 2020 23:59 will be entered to win one of ten $50 gift cards!
  • The college or university team with the most miles submitted by team participants (Ruck and Walk challenge combined), earns a plaque to be displayed on their campus and BRAGGING RIGHTS!
  • The top female Rucker with the fastest 5K time will win a $100 gift card and BRAGGING RIGHTS!
  • The top male Rucker with the fastest 5K time will win a $100 gift card and BRAGGING RIGHTS!

*Donations will benefit the VALOR Clinic Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, provides assistance in accessing benefits and shelter to military veterans with limited or no access to care. It helps find shelter for these veterans who, due to health or means, are unable to find or keep shelter of their own. It also provides Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) resources through its Veterans Unstoppable program. Finally, to improve the lives of our veterans, the foundation strives to provide nation-wide integrated medical care in the future. For more information on the VALOR Clinic Foundation, visit https://valorclinic.org/.


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