NYC’s 1st Annual Ruck March: What to expect


VEThack will be holding New York’s first ever Ruck March on September 3, 2014, to raise awareness around the issue of Veteran suicide.

After returning from heavy combat in Iraq, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Gene Wu lost one of his Marine brothers to suicide. Wu was determined to reduce the rate of Veteran suicides to zero (from the current rate of 22 per day). His goal is to raise enough funds to ultimately establish VEThack Laboratories in New York, which will serve as a “place of learning and healing for returning warriors and disabled veterans interested in pursuing careers in technology.”

The Ruck March is primarily being held to “raise awareness and to start an effective dialogue about veteran suicide and suicide in general.” As such, registration is free.

What to expect if you participate in this two-mile march around Central Park:

Check-in starts at 6pm at Lincoln Center Plaza. The march starts at 6.30pm, heading uptown and then back downtown on Central Park West, for an approximate total of 2 miles.

Participants should arrive with their own weighted rucksack. A rucksack is, very simply, a military backpack. The recommended rucksack should be weighted with 30-35lbs for the march. Participants for this event are free to use any type of backpack, with any material at any weight for the march. However, GORUCK’s official packing list is:

  1. Rucksack with 30lbs of dry material (packed tightly so as not to cause abrasions during the march). GORUCK suggests six garden bricks, taped up so the edges will not cause abrasions during the march, or three 10lb plates.
  2. 2 liters of water
  3. Snacks
  4. Rain jacket

This is not a timed race. Participants will be broken up into platoons, led by Veterans and/or active service members.

For more information and to register, go here.

For more information on VEThack Labs, find them on Facebook and Twitter.