Vets looking to 'Hike for our Heroes'

Posted: Friday, 03 October 2014

TROY - Troy University's two veteran organizations, Student Veterans Association and SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society, are looking for a few dedicated teams in an effort to raise money for The Wounded Warrior Project and the Lone Survivor Foundation.

The six-hour "Ruck-A-Thon" pits teams of four to 10 people in a "Hike for our Heroes" on Nov. 15 at the Troy University track. One team member will carry a "ruck" weighing about 20 pounds in the event, which is open to all. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with the Ruck-A-Thon stepping off at 5 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m. Special awards will be given to the teams covering the most distance and raising the most money.

"It's a fun way to support two very worthy causes supporting our veterans," said retired Navy Captain Dave Barron, associate vice chancellor for military affairs, who directs the TROY for Troops Center. "The Student Veterans Association and SALUTE members have organized the event and have received a great deal of support in the community."

The entry fee is $10 per person, so team costs range from $40 to $100. To register teams or sponsorships, contact the Center at 334-670-3856 or stop by room 122 in the Trojan Center.

The University is regularly recognized as military and veteran friendly, and the TROY for Troops Center serves as a hub for military affiliated students. The Center helps coordinate student services and facilitates student success for those it serves.