This year I have chosen to participate in the Tough Ruck. I Ruck for my Dad (who raised me to know I can do it even if he thinks its a bad idea), my big brother Chris Mills (one of the toughest and craziest people I know), my grandfather Dave (who although has passed I know whill be with me), Team Rubicon (veterans who continue to give their time and service to others) and all the other veterans in my life who have helped me understand what being in the military means and how you carry that without you through your entire life. I don't think I would be the person I am today without their life advice, stories, and recommendations to not do the ruck (or do the ruck).
For those of you who don't know the background behind the Tough Ruck 26.2, it 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 Ruckers 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 and finishers are awarded the official Boston Marathon Medals and receive recognition from the Boston Athletic Association. Military Friends Foundation is the official charity of Tough Ruck.