23rd Veteran to Host 5th Annual Nearly Naked Ruck March Online

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: March 27, 2020 10:41 PM

Due to the coronavirus, Duluth's fifth annual Nearly Naked Ruck March will take place virtually. The event is set for Saturday and will be streamed on Facebook Live by 23rd Veteran.


For the past four years veterans, military personnel and civilians took the streets of Duluth for the Nearly Naked Ruck March. This year, the starting line is going to look a bit different. 

This will be the first time participants can ruck virtually. It also allows deployed military personnel to join in.

"In the wake of the missile attacks morale was pretty low so I just tried to think of the one thing we've done as soldiers to raise moral and that's one of the first things that came to mind was like ruck marches," said Garret Rombal, a sergeant in the U.S. Army.

Marchers can donate $10 or more dollars to participate and all the proceeds go to helping local veterans battling trauma.

"The ruck march is one of the things that we look forward to the most just because there's so much positivity there's so much energy. It's just a whole bunch of people getting together all for a good cause," Mike Waldron, the executive director of 23rd Veteran. 

The 10 mile march takes off Saturday around 11 am. The Facebook live program starts at 10:30 with introductions of overseas members and top fundraisers. Finally, everyone will step off for the march together.

Ruckers can suit up in patriotic clothing, fill their packs between 20-50 pounds and find a quiet hiking spot.

In Iraq, Garret Rombal of Duluth will be leading a virtual ruck.

"This is truly a leap forward for the organization as it sits. At the end of the day it's just camaraderie that we've built through years of military service. That's been one of our mechanisms for dealing with combat stress that we've had. It'll be great," said Rombal. 

To donate or join the march virtually, check in here. For more information on the march, click here.


Alicia Tipcke

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