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Second Annual 5K/10K Ruck, Rain or Shine
Second Annual 5K/10K Ruck, Rain or Shine

Sat, Sep 16


Lake-Lehman High School

Second Annual 5K/10K Ruck, Rain or Shine

Come ruck with us and help support our Nation's HEROES!

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Time & Location

Sep 16, 2023, 8:00 AM

Lake-Lehman High School, 1128 Old Rte 115, Lehman, PA 18627, USA



Heroes Hearthstone, a local non-profit, is excited to announce our second annual 5K/10K RUCK, RAIN OR SHINE!

Rucking, also known as ruck marching, is a low-intensity exercise in which you add weight to your back while walking or hiking. Although not required, we encourage those able, to simply add weight to a backpack before walking. Rucking can help you burn calories and build strength—more so than ordinary walks or hikes. This is a non-competitive ruck where you may choose from a 5K or 10K course. You will not be officially timed nor have a weight requirement. You will, however, earn a finisher's award. We use this event as a vehicle to raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder so that we can lessen the stigma surrounding it and begin conversations of healing and growth.

This event also provides an opportunity for you to lighten the load in your hypothetical ruck sack. Veterans and First Responders are not the only ones who have a tendency to carry oversized loads. We all overload our ruck sacks with symbolic rocks made up of the struggles we endure. The residual negative emotions left behind by injuries, injustices, or mistakes that we've never learned to let go, weigh on us daily. The ruck sack is your mind and the weight of the load burdens not your back, but your soul.  As a result, resentment, hatred, anger, fear, guilt, and shame can bring you to your knees. As a mindfulness practice, we provide rocks and markers at the starting line, and invite everyone to write words on their rocks that symbolize the negativity they carry. Throughout the walk, we encourage you to take the time to contemplate and process the heaviness these rocks add to your life. Our hope is that when the ruck is complete and you unload your baggage at the finish line, you will feel lighter both physically and spiritually.

The 5K/10K RUCK, RAIN OR SHINE event is an annual fundraiser created to support Heroes Hearthstone.  Our mission is to train Veterans and First Responders in effective, warrior-based wellness and self-regulation practices and guide our Nation's Heroes from a life of post-traumatic stress to a path of  Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG). PTG encompasses education in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) awareness, along with training in self-regulation techniques, mindfulness practices, and wellness routines. Our goal is to provide a safe, supportive, and positive social environment where all veterans, first responders, and their families can give and receive help, as well as foster a strong sense of community. This includes a healthy transitioning process into post-service life where Veterans and First Responders can continue to adapt and thrive, not despite their traumatic experiences, but because of them. We hope that you will consider supporting our efforts to serve our local veteran and first responder community and join us for this event.

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The Second Annual 5K/10K RUCK, RAIN OR SHINE will be held Saturday, September 16th, 2023 at the beautiful Lake-Lehman High School campus.

Registration: 8AM

Ruck Start Time: 10AM

Entry fees are $35 per person* and includes a Heroes Hearthstone Drawstring Back Pack, Participation Medal, and Runner's Bib. 

*We offer discounts for ruck clubs and teams in groups of 10 or more. Please have your team leader or coach reach out to us at and we will set up your team discount.

Registration is available online, or in-person on the day of the event. 

ONLINE REGISTRATION: Purchase tickets below.

IN PERSON: Registration starts at 8AM on the day of the event.

***We encourage online registration for those who cannot make the 8AM registration time on the day of the event.***

After you purchase tickets, you will receive a follow-up email to complete a Participation Waiver. If this is not completed online, you will be required to complete it during registration before participating in our event.

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  • 5K Ruck Single Entry

    This ticket includes a single entry to the 5K Ruck. The first 200 to register will receive a participation medal, a runner's bib, and a Heroes Hearthstone Drawstring Back Pack.

    +$0.88 service fee
  • 10K Ruck Single Entry

    This ticket includes a single entry to the 10K Ruck. The first 200 to register will receive a participation medal, a runner's bib, and a Heroes Hearthstone Drawstring Back Pack.

    +$0.88 service fee




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