Tough Ruck 26.2 is group of military and civilians whose sole purpose is to Ruck in honor and in memory of our Fallen Service Members, Police, Firefighters and EMTs, while raising funds to support military families in times of need. We will walk a 26.2 mile certified course with our Rucks and carry the names of our Fallen comrades with us.
On April 15, 2013, the Tough Rucker were at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and joined the first responders to help those that were injured by the horrific blasts. They truly exemplify the best of what our Nation is. Today the Ruck happens the Sunday before Boston Marathon Monday in Concord, Massachusetts on the original trails of the Revolutionary War. Tough Ruck is the only Ruck march partnered with the Boston Marathon. Military Friends Foundation is the official charity of Tough Ruck.
I will be rucking in honor of Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell. In 2012, Brad deployed to Afghanistan with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 from Yuma, Arizona. His squadron was conducting operations out of Camp Bastion, a large, British airbase immediately adjacent to Camp Leatherneck, the largest United States Marine base in the country. On the evening of September 14, 2012, fifteen insurgents disguised in United States military uniforms infiltrated and attacked Camp Bastion with automatic rifles, rocket propelled grenades, and other explosives. In the first moments of the attack, the insurgents destroyed a squadron of Harrier attack aircraft, which are designed to support Marines in ground combat.
Upon hearing the explosions from the burning aircraft, Brad gathered Marines and ran to defend the base from the attackers. He was killed in the ensuing battle. Brad’s courage and selfless actions delayed the enemy’s assault and allowed the Marines to coordinate a counterattack from within the base; ultimately saving the lives of Marines and allied coalition forces. His selfless sacrifice, and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty will never be forgotten.