Why 4.5 miles and 45# minimum weight?
Because 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 he 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 Defense.gov and as of 13 Jan 2020, America has lost 7,033 men and women military and civilian contractors during OIF, OND, OEF, OIR, and OFS. 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 53,085 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.
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: Non Perishable foods such as rice, beans etc. then you can donate at the end to the food drive for the local food bank. Otherwise Sand is a great source of weight, it’s cheap and conforms to your pack. Canned and other foods items work well too 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 given 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: If participating in Litter Team event we highly recommend gloves such as mechanics or tactical gloves to protect hands.
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.
“Be at ease for your watch is over, now proudly we carry your weight, onward into the unknown, we march for our fallen.”