INFO & FAQs2019-03-26T20:51:09-07:00

Location | Schedule | Safety | FAQs

Location

Douglas County Fairgrounds (Events Center)
500 Fairgrounds Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80104

We are back at Douglas County Fairgrounds this year! And—learning from Colorado’s crazy spring weather—we’ve decided to move the party indoors. Vendor booths, music, and center stage will be inside the Events Center. The run & ruck march routes will start and finish right outside.

Memorial Day Run & March is always RAIN OR SHINE.

Freedom Fest

The Freedom Fest is the EXPO portion of Memorial Day Run & March, held all day inside the Douglas County Fairgrounds event center. We’ll have a live concert (see schedule below for line-up), rows of great vendors, a beer garden, food trucks just outside, and some very special guests. A great way to kick off your Memorial Day weekend if you’re not running or rucking, or a place to hang out and enjoy the fun after you’ve completed your route!

Schedule: May 25, 2019

6:30 AM 5K/10K/30K RUCK & RUN Registration Opens
7:30 AM Presentation of Colors, Opening Remarks, National Anthem
8:00 AM 30K Ruck March Start
8:15 AM 5K/10K Ruck March Start
8:45 AM 5K/10K Run Start
9:45 AM 5K/10K Run Awards
10:15 AM 5K/10K Ruck March Start
1:00 PM 30K Ruck March Awards
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Freedom Fest (inside the Event Center)
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM The Last Patrol Band
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Yellow Dog Blues Band
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM The Hoodoos
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Buckstein

Safety and Rules

Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome, but please don’t bring bicycles, in-line skates, or anything else that will roll you faster to the finish line.
Headphones are perfectly fine, but stay alert and keep the volume down to hear any important announcements or instructions from the course staff.
Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on a leash at all times and clean up after them!
We try hard to make sure we have staff and volunteers available to guide participants throughout the course, but we urge everyone to be aware of their surroundings and look for fellow participants, route guides, route signage, and chalk arrows to avoid getting lost.

We urge everyone to carry a cell phone in the event that you or someone you see gets injured. If you need assistance with a golf cart or medical personnel, or are unable to finish the route and need to be picked up, please call Rob at (720) 425-2978. We will have a golf cart and medical personnel on site. Remember, if necessary, please dial 911.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Memorial Day Run & March will be held RAIN OR SHINE on Saturday, May 25th, 2019 at Douglas County Fairgrounds (500 Fairgrounds Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80104). See above for the race day schedule.

Both! The 5K can be considered a fun run or walk, since it’s an easy 3.1 miles. That doesn’t mean the 5K can’t be a race either! All routes are chip-timed.
For the 5K/10K routes, you don’t need to be a top athlete! We offer 3 routes to encourage folks of all ages and capabilities to be able to participate and compete. If you’re a runner, it’s recommended to do the proper training leading up to a 5K/10K race. If you’re doing the 30K Ruck March, we DO recommend training ahead of time, with the equipment and amount of weight you plan on carrying. There are a lot of resources out there to help you train for a Ruck March. Good luck!
Yes, ALL participants will receive a timing bib. These bibs start recording your time when you step over the Start line, and stop recording when you step over the Finish line, so you can be sure your time is accurate!
At the event, the race results are planned to be posted as soon as possible. We will post the results online later that day on Saturday.
Yes. This is an extreme physical challenge, and it’s highly recommended to not only train, but train the proper way, and give yourself plenty of time to train. There are a lot of great resources out there, including the video below by Brad LcLeod from SealGrinderPT.com.

Quoted from the University of Southern Indiana website, Dr. Nils Johansen explains the Norwegian Foot March badge:

“There are often badges that Norwegian soldiers can earn ranging from skiing (biathlon), to an expert infantry badge and various track and field events including modern pentathlon,” said Johansen. “The foot march badge is considered a tough one, requiring physical stamina and mental capacity. It was instituted in 1915 and as a model, duplicates what a soldier could be expected to do in the field, move 30 km and carry a pack with rations. It is also easier to arrange since the badge does not have a marksmanship component, while the others either do or require special athletic equipment.”

To complete 30K Ruck March and obtain the Norwegian Foot March Badge, it’s required to carry 25 lb. That weight must be in the form of non-perishable food items that will be donated after the March.
All Uniformed Military participants must wear ACU or service equivalent. Non-standard T-shirts may be worn in place of the regulation T-shirts (Under Armour, for example) as long as it is of the same color. Distinctive unit T-shirts are authorized and are encouraged for unit esprit de corps for wear underneath the uniform.
Yes! Dogs are welcome. Please keep them leashed and clean up after them.
Yes, families with children are encouraged to sign up. Kids under 13 get FREE entry (no T-shirt, timing bib, or medal).

Strollers are welcome, all of our courses will be on paved surfaces.

Of course! But keep the volume level down so that you can stay alert and hear instructions from course staff.

If you need assistance with a golf cart or medical personnel, or are unable to finish the route and need to be picked up, please call Rob at (720) 425-2978.

We will also have First Aid kits available at the Start/Finish as well as at all Water Stations along the routes.

If you see that someone needs immediate help or needs an ambulance, please dial 911!

As much as you want! 25lb pounds of food is required for the 30K Ruck March. Food donations are not required for the 5K or 10K runs, but we encourage participants and spectators to bring a few extra food donations to help feed homeless Colorado Veterans.

We donate the food collected to help feed local homeless Veterans. In 2017, we donated to Warrior Warehouse & Redistribution Center.

100%! Your registration (and donations!) helps our organization, Colorado Veterans Project, continue to host special events in order to raise awareness and funds for local Veterans and Veterans organizations. Our mission is to enhance pride and patriotism in all Coloradans by building a stronger, more supportive community around our Veterans.