Every Memorial Day weekend, veterans, family members, and supporters from all over the United States come together to walk 20 miles to honor and remember the service members we lost at home and on the battlefield. Our 20-mile hike represents the 20 veterans we lose every single day to suicide.
This year we are hosting our event Virtually! Instead of one day, you will have the entire weekend to complete your 20 miles. You can walk, run, jog, bike or skip starting on Friday May 28th and ending on Monday May 31st.
We encourage you to explore a new neighborhood, hike in the forest preserve, walk along the beach, climb a mountain or bike along a trail. Be sure to take photos and videos to share them with everyone during your walk. Our community partners all over Illinois are opening their doors during the weekend so be sure to plan your route to stop by one of our many locations, grab a snack and make some new friends.
“I’ve lost friends and family members, the Chicago Veterans Ruck March is my way of coping and remembering them. Walking side by side thousands of people who share a similar experience is something I will always cherish.” – Charlie S.
Registration is now open! We hope you will join us and help raise awareness around Veteran suicide and help end this epidemic. If you’re as passionate about our cause as we are, we encourage you to register for the Ruck March, volunteer for the event, create a fundraising page, or if you’re up for it, do all three!
Our goal is to honor our fallen brothers and sisters by raising as much awareness as possible around PTSD and veteran suicide epidemic through our Virtual Ruck March. This year we have also including our Suicide Prevention Training with registration.
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Grab your friends, co-workers and also family members and register as a team! Each year we have as much as 150 teams register and participate. The 20-Mile walk is undoubtedly difficult. Having a motivational and supportive team will help get you cross the finish line. Some teams generally start training weeks and months before the Virtual Ruck March. Training helps them get in shape as well as better prepare for the walk ahead.
**Please be sure to follow all your local COVID-19 restrictions in your area. You can motivate and walk with your friends virtually.
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Our Virtual Ruck March brings together thousands of participants. Our volunteers are equally important, without them this event would not be possible. Over 100 volunteers help make this event a success.
This year’s volunteering will be a little different. Since we are not hosting the event in person, we need volunteers to help share our mission. Hang flyers at local businesses, share on social media, take photos and more! Volunteer registration is not open yet so please be sure to check back soon.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for example in-kind donations such as bottled water and snacks to larger monetary sponsorships. If you or your company is interested in becoming a sponsor, please email us at RuckMarch@Chicagovets.org. We will email you our official sponsorship package.
Also, if you have a creative idea you wish to present for our Chicago Veterans Ruck March, please feel free to let us know. Send us an email or click here to contact us via our website.
Have a question? Please visit our Virtual Ruck March FAQ Page to learn more about event day, registration, what to pack, expectations, teams, donations and more!
Help us raise awareness and share our Ruck March flyer at your job, local VFW/American Legion Posts, Coffee Shops, Bars/Restaurants and everywhere in between. Download our Poster Size (11x17in) or our Flyer Size (8.5x11in)