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Why We March

The intent of The Ruck March of Lake County is to bring awareness to the Veteran suicide epidemic that claims the lives of approximately 20 Veterans every day.

Only one out of fourteen people have served in the US military in one capacity or another. That equates to 7% and dropping. However, Veterans make up nearly one out of six or 17% of daily suicides. A 2018 study from the Department of Veteran Affairs revealed a decrease from 22 to 20 Vets who commit suicide daily. Obviously, the numbers are moving in the right direction. But Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation is working to bring them down to zero.  How can you help us?

You can participate with us in the Ruck March of Lake County and raise awareness of this continuing tragedy.

The Ruck March has two purposes:

1. Honor all Veterans and Service Members, both male and female lost to suicide.
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To use increased awareness to reduce suicides.

How We Achieve Our Purpose

To honor our fallen Veterans, we participate in a patriotic 22-kilometer march carrying a 20+ pound ruck (backpack). The weight in the rucksack symbolizes the daily loss of life as well as the emotional and physical weight carried by those struggling with a lack of hope. Carry as much or as little as you can or want. It is up to you.

If you feel the same way we do and wish to support our cause, then register to participate in the event.  You can create your own team for competition and for additional fund raising. If rucking isn’t for you, that’s okay. You can participate by volunteering to help before, during or after the event…or just donate to this wonderful cause.

Funds will be donated to Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to reducing the amount of time it takes for Service Members to ask for help, mitigating many issues that arise.

Event Details

Date: Saturday September 7, 2019
Registration Check-In: 8:00 am
Step-Off: 10:00 am
Starting Point: Libertyville VFW – 293 Peterson Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048
Finish Point: Daisy's Artish Cafe – 216 N. Milwaukee Ave #1, Lake Villa IL 60046

Parking is limited, and we recommend carpooling or being dropped off.

Shuttles will be provided to return participants back to their vehicles.

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FAQs

Where does the money go?

Funds will be donated to Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to reducing the amount of time it takes for warriors to ask for help, mitigating many of the issues that arise.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

See the specifics in the Waiver of liability

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is limited and we recommend carpooling or being dropped off.

Shuttles will be provided to return participants back to their vehicles.

What can I bring into the event?

Not everyone who participates will finish. Cut your toe nails, prep for chafing, use broken-in boots/shoes, moleskin, band aids, bring extra socks and hydrate yourself before and during the event. Water will be available throughout the route but bring your own drinking source as well. We recommend alternating between water and an electrolyte drink. We also suggest carrying an extra phone battery pack just in case your phone dies. We highly recommend you start training as early as possible.

• Please obey all laws and city ordinances, no need to go to jail that day or get any tickets.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Call 847-986-4622

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Above all, please join us and have a good time for a great cause!

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   Call: 847-986-4622

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