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 the Race Director at(719) 359-4719. We will have a golf cart and medical personnel on site. Remember, if necessary, please dial 911.
The Memorial Day Run & March will be held RAIN OR SHINE on Saturday (May 20th) before Memorial Day at UCHealth Park (formally known as Security Service Field) at 4356 Tutt Blvd in Colorado Springs. See above for the race day schedule.
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!
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.
“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, including the weight of the pack. 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.
If you need assistance with a golf cart or medical personnel, or are unable to finish the route and need to be picked up, call (TBD). 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.
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.