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MOTF 2018 March of the Fallen

March of the Fallen 2018 Information

March of the Fallen 2014The Alan McMurray MOTF Founders Ruck is a 4.5 mile ruck dedicated to honoring our fallen brothers & sisters who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the war efforts of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND). Their watch is over now so we carry their weight upon our backs and continue onward in their honor. 

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    • Participants can “Ruck” or “Hike” but each person holds an obligation
    • Rucker registration fee: $45 now until Jan 30th, Feb 1st thru 24 Feb $50.  Feb 25th thru day of event $55 & will need to pay on the day of event
    • Afghanistan Registration Fee:$45
    • NEW!!! “6 Person Litter Team Competition”(Arizona Only):  $200 now thru Jan 30th.  Feb 1st thru day of event $250. 
      1. -Need to provide your own litter with 150lb + each person w/45lb ruck
      2. -Some litters may be available on day of event
      3. -During the ruck the team will have a special Mogadishu Mile event in addition without any weight
    • Motivator registration fee: $20 now thru Jan 30th will get race bib.  $25 Feb 1st thru day of event
    • Hiker registration fee for 16 years and younger: $5 if you would like a commemorative MOTF race bib
    • Children and others are more than welcome to join in free but will not receive any swag unless they register as a hiker (hiker 16 and younger)
    • T-shirts Coins and Patches will be for sale while supplies last at day of event prices TBD
    • MOTF Food Non-Perishable Food Drive:  We are also accepting donations of canned/non-perishable foods for a local food bank.  So please pack some food in your ruck to make up some weight and help a local food bank.  Collection is post ruck and Start/Finish line area.
    • Additional donations are appreciated! After all this is a charitable  fundraising event
    • People rucking will be tasked with carrying the weight on their back as our fallen once did
    • You must provide your own ruck and weight for the march
    • Each rucksack will be weighed pre- march
    • The weight categories are: 45lbs / 60lbs / 75lbs
    • “Motivators” can accompany the marchers side by side to encourage, and help participants march the required distance
    • The official distinguished MOTF 2018 T-Shirt will be issued to you prior to the ruck start and all weight bearing participants will receive a commemorative RMO(Round Metal Object aka, military challenge coin). Tactical Velcro patches may also be available for sale
    • ALL Verrado net proceeds will be donated to the Luke Airmen’s Fund and Knights of Heroes, which is a charitable organizations that further help our nation’s families of fallen service members!
    • All Afghanistan Proceeds benefit the following:
      1. – Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivor,
      2.  – EOD Warrior Foundation,
      3.  – Special Operations Warrior Foundation,
      4.  – Task Force Dagger,
    • Volunteer are welcome to join and must be at Verrado by 0600.

    If you cannot make the event but wish to make a donation please click the “donate button” below. All participants who wish to participate in MOTF 2018 please register here.

Last year we raised the following amounts and distributed to the amazing charities:

$ Amount Charity
2,500.00 Knights of Heroes
3,519.51 Luke Airman’s Fund
1,500.00 EOD Warrior Foundation
1,500.00 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
1,500.00 Task Force Dagger
1,500.00 Special Operations Warrior Foundations
12,019.51 Total

AZ Location & Schedule – 3/3/2018 – 0830-0900

Verrado Golf Club  – 4242 N Golf Dr. Buckeye, AZ 85396

March of the Fallen 20140600 – Show time for Volunteers to setup
0700 – Weigh-in/Check-in – Categories 45lbs, 0-75lbs
0815 – Presentation – Motivation!
0830 – Litter team start with 5 min intervals.
0900- Individual weight class start with heavy weights first
Each weight category will begin 5 min. apart.
TBD – Participants will need to weigh out their rucks and earn their T-shirt & RMO
TBD – FINISH! – MOTF presentation
TBD – Closing comments from MOTF committee
1800-2000 – **NEW** Join us after the ruck at Haymaker Restaurant Company in Goodyear for a FREE buffet style dinner! All you need to do is bring your race bib as proof of participation!

Kandahar & Kabul Location & Schedule – 3/3/2018 (Afghanistan time TBD locally)

MOTF 2016 Kandahar  MOTF 2016 Kandahar


Registration Fee & SWAG


Official 2018 MOTF RMO

Ruck registration includes an offical MOTF t-shirt! RMO presented as trophy. Patch and RMO available for sale for non-ruckers.
FREE for volunteers. If you want to volunteer please e-mail Doug McGraw / to be added to the volunteer list. For KAF volunteers please contact SSgt Pritchet & Kabul POC details to follow.

If you are Military Grade E-4 or below and cannot afford to register, don’t worry! You can register to be added to a waiting list for sponsored participants however we cannot guarantee a spot for you.

2018 MOTF Patch

Official 2018 MOTF Patch

Volunteer Coordinators

Verrado Volunteer Coordinator – Richard Pelletier cell: 505-331-3306,
Kandahar POC: Gavin Pritchett,
Kabul POC: Ajenna Smith,


Registration & Payment




Direct donations can be made using the link below or at the time of registration.  Proceeds will benefit the Luke Airmen’s Fund and several other organizations that benefit military personnel and their famlies. All donations are tax deductible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What kind of pack should I use to carry the weight?
A: Any pack that has a frame and a kidney strap to distribute the weight on your hips and shoulders. For example, an Alice pack or hiking pack.

Q: What should I use for weight?
A: Sand is a great source of weight, it’s cheap and conforms to your pack. Canned and other foods items work well to and can be donated to the food drive after the ruck.

Q:What kind of footwear should I use?
A: It is recommended that you wear broken in boots, because it will help stabilize your ankle while rucking on uneven terrain.

Q:What is the purpose of this event?
A: 1. To honor our brothers and sister in arm who have gave their lives in OEF, OIF, OND.
2. To benefit the WWP and Luke Airmans Fund.
3. To give the participants a challenging and humbling experience.

Q:What should I wear?
A: We recommend that the participants keep in mind that we will be in the desert and anything to keep you cool and protected from the sun would be HIGHLY recommended. i.e. hats, sunblock, sunglasses, t-shirts ( no sleeveless shirts ), etc

Q: Will there be parking?
A: YES -See maps above.

Q: Do I need to train for this event or how do I prepare for this event?
A: In the past we have had participants from a variety of fitness backgrounds and all of them have been able to complete this event. However, training prevents injury and there is no better way to train for rucking, than by simply rucking.

Why 4.5 miles & 45# minimum weight?

March of the Fallen 2014Because when this ruck was founded by then Senior Airman Alan McMurray the number of casualties converted into meters equaled 4.2miles.  However, for the 2014 MOTF they rounded this off to 4.5 miles on the route.  This is a little bit further that lost soldiers then, but we figure for the what will be known from this point forward “The Alan McMurray MOTF Founders Ruck” or in short MOTF, we would always keep this distance.  However, since then unfortunately those numbers have increased according to the ( and as of 5 Jan 2018 America has lost 6,947 men and women military and civilian contractors during OND, OIF and OEF.  Also not to be forgotten are the wounded, for when that happens a piece of them will always be left behind.  It’s a staggering number of 52,644 that have been wounded in action and we will make sure their sacrifice will also not be forgotten.

The 45 lb minimum weight is approximately the minimum weight one must carry while deployed.


Verrado Golf Club  – 4242 N Golf Dr. Buckeye, AZ 85396

Verrado Parking

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Directions to Verrado

Driving directions to Verrado


MOTF Contacts

Doug McGraw –   (Verrado)

SSgt Gavin Pritchett – (Kandahar)

Ajenna Smith,- (Kabul)

Alan McMurry (Founder) (Founder)

“Be at ease for your watch is over, now proudly we carry your weight, onward into the unknown, we march for our fallen.”

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