Soldiers & Civilians Step Off Together in Virtual Nearly Naked Ruck March

Updated: March 28, 2020 10:51 PM

With many events being canceled to contain the spread of the coronavirus, some have had the opportunity to make their events virtual.


For the first time, the Nearly Naked Ruck March took off online.

The fifth annual event, put on by 23rd Veteran to fundraise for veterans suffering from PTSD, was scheduled to take place Saturday in Duluth.

This year, instead of marching 10 miles on Skyline Boulevard around Enger Tower, people marched on their own socially isolated routes.

The new platform however allowed military personnel overseas to log in and ruck with supporters.

"What's really special about this event is the fact that we have currently deployed military members doing it with us. So when we step off here at 11 am in Duluth, they're going to be stepping off at 8 pm in Iraq," said Mike Waldron, the executive director at 23rd Veteran.

Participants tuned into the Facebook Live event Saturday morning CST. Waldron hosted the event in Duluth and sergeant Garret Rombal hosted the march in Iraq.

Marchers packed their rucks with 20-50 pounds of food, clothing, or other goods, donned patriotic outfits, and took off on a ten mile match.

The virtual event allowed participants to social distance for a cause.

"I have done two ruck marches both in Duluth because my time is hard to come by and they're a good cause so why not," said Sgt. Garret Rombal of the U.S. Army.

All proceeds earned from the march are donated helping local veterans battling trauma. For more information visit 23rd

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