Join us in a ruck to honor all military members, veterans and first responders who have served and sacrificed after the attacks on 9/11, Patriot Day.

This is Detroit’s urban ruck which will start at Hart Plaza, and go along the riverfront. The 2017 Patriot Ruck will be taking place during Marine Week, in which over 700 Marines “take over” the city with over 80 events. Participants of the Patriot Ruck will be in prime position to also participate in the Marine Week events. All proceeds will benefit local military members and veterans through a donation to Wins for Warriors Foundation and the Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS). The Patriot Ruck is being hosted and organized by Wins for Warriors Foundation & Michigan Fitness Foundation.


To put weight on your back with a “rucksack” or backpack, and go for a walk or march. Widely used as a military term, these ruck marches are incorporated into required physical training for all branches of service. Logistically, it is the same set-up as a race or walk/run, but you are instead walking with rucksacks.


For the first year of the Patriot Ruck we will not be requiring a certain level of weight in your rucksack. We encourage the minimum weight to be 10lbs, and it is typically scaled based on the person’s weight and level of physical fitness. As a reference, the average weight for military rucks are between 75-100lbs. These men and women are STRONG!


At registration you will have the ability to choose a 3-Mile or 6-Mile Ruck option.