National Mental Health Service Provider

Ruck for Remembrance

The Rucksack March for Remembrance was established to bring people from the community together with one mission in mind. This mission is to raise awareness and funding for the many Canadian militaries and first responder families who are in the midst of their own service-related battles.

Every year, we lose too many dedicated soldiers, officers, firefighters and paramedics to illness, injury and suicide. The struggle continues to impact families and communities nationwide, and we wanted to do our part to serve those who need our help the most.

As veterans and first responders, we created an event that would bring people from all walks of life together in support of Wounded Warriors Canada.

On November 7th, 2020, we will be hosting our 4th annual event with the goal of raising $10,000 which will support veteran and first responder families across the country. All donations go directly to the Wounded Warriors Canada foundation, and we appreciate any and all support.

WHAT TO BRING TO A RUCKMARCH

What do I need to put in my rucksack? 

The average weight for this event is 22kg (50lbs). However, you can tailor your load as you see fit.

The following items are mandatory to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience: 

  • A hydration bladder (3 liters capacity is recommended), or 2 liters of extra water
  • Spare socks (kept dry in a Ziploc bag; wool, not cotton) 
  • Spare layers of clothing (kept dry in a waterproof bag) 
  • Weather specific clothing (this could mean a polypropylene layer, jacket, etc, but should include, at a minimum a rain shell), 
  • Gloves and a toque or hat, 
  • Snacks (high-density, high-calorie stuff that will keep you going) 
  • Medical items, foot powder, Anti Chafe Cream: can be used inside the thighs, under the armpits, etc. to prevent painful chafing and rashes (common due to the repetitive motion of ruck-marching).And finally bring and prescription medications.

What should I wear? 

Wear weather specific clothing layered for cold weather days. Weather will often change considerably over several hours no matter what time of the year. Do not wear clothing that is offensive to the general public. Remember you are representing a cause. 

Boots: you should wear sturdy hiking/combat boots. They should provide sturdy ankle support and fit your foot snugly to prevent blisters. You should train with them as much as possible to break them in, to prevent painful blisters. Some athletes pack a pair of sneakers in case the boots become uncomfortable, but a good pair of boots will prevent needing that. 

Socks: ABSOLUTELY AVOID USING COTTON SOCKS!!!  Thick wool or wool/polyester blends work best.

What else can you bring?

We encourage participants to bring Canadian Flags to the event or make their own signs to honor fallen heroes.