Article Team McKenna MobiliaTough Ruck 2018

Tough Ruck 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 course with our Rucks and carry the names of our Fallen comrades with us.  On April 15, 2013, the Tough Ruck members 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 Saturday before Boston Marathon Monday in Concord, Massachusetts on the original trails of the Revolutionary War. Tough Ruck is the only Ruck partnered with the Boston Marathon and finishers are awarded the official Boston Marathon Medals and receive recognition from the Boston Athletic Association.

You can donate to Team McKenna HERE


Tough Ruck Registration | Limited 1000 bibs! 

Registration opens on Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 11:11AM  at Register on Veterans Day and receive the Tough Ruck patch!

Individual Charity Bib Registration:

FREE registration | $1500 fundraising commitment | Tough Ruck Performance  Jacket, Hoodie, Tech Tee, Official Boston Marathon Medal (finishers only)

Individual Registration Option 1:

$50 registration fee | $950 fundraising commitment | Hoodie, Tech Tee, Official Boston Marathon Medal (finishers only)

Individual Registration Option 2:

$125 registration fee | $450 fundraising commitment | Tech Tee, Official Boston Marathon Medal (finishers only)


Saturday, April 14, 2018


The Old Manse, 269 Monument Street, Concord, MA
(start/finish line)


7:15am – All Ruckers MUST complete the course within 9 hours. All will be removed from the course after that time period. Three waves will step-off all approximately 5 minutes apart.

Parking/Shuttle Buses:

There is no parking for Ruckers at the start/finish line.  All parking will be at 55 Old Bedford Road, Lincoln, MA.  Shuttle buses will run continuously from 5AM-7:30AM and 2PM-6PM.   There will be no bus or other transportation provided by the race after 6PM. Please note you must complete the course in 9 hours (official timing will stop at 9 hours) which should put you at the finish line by 4:30PM.  

Weight Divisions:

For 2018, their will be four divisions: Military Heavy, Military Light, Civilian Heavy and Civilian Light – You do not have to select your division at the time of registration.  Your ruck will be weighed the morning of the Ruck.  Make sure to check out Rules section for more detail information.

Tough Ruck Contact:


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Preparing for Operation Holiday Cheer 2015







Rhode Island Blue Star Moms wrap gifts and prepare Christmas cards to send to troops away from home this Christmas to be sent in care packages at Operation Holiday Cheer.


A Blue Star Mom Shares Her Story


To All Blue Star Moms,

When I got this email asking to update my son’s address for a Christmas package it brought back such a good memory for me when last year held not much more than worry, anxiety and angst. Last year my boy was deployed and I never thought I would make it through the year…as a matter of fact sometimes I almost did not.

I reached out several times to the Blue Star moms for comfort and that is exactly what I got. To my surprise on the end of the phone line I found someone who knew and understood that the sight of coffee syrup on the grocery shelf was reducing me to tears. She knew that it is likely, acceptable and expected to wake up in the morning and burst into tears, just because the sun was shining or the snow was beautiful or there were left over lunch bags that might go used.

Then I got the email about packages for Christmas. I sent in my son’s deployment address. Shortly after that I received a call from my son. He was laughing and happy, a much different tone from that which I had become accustomed. He began to describe a scene at base camp of a soldier waking past him. As my son passed the solider he immediately noticed the coffee syrup under his arm. My son came to an abrupt stop and pointing to the coffee syrup asked the solider “where did you get that?” The solider said “over there Sir, there is a package with your name on it” My son rushed over and saw what he described to me as a large container of RI. He told about his excitement in discovering everything RI. He told his soldiers “you don’t understand this is how I grew up!!”

My son spent the next few minutes laughing with the soldiers and telling stories about RI and these things that were so special to him. He told them about the coffee syrup and how it is used (they thought it was a coffee additive) the Dels Lemonade mix, the Providence Journal, Paw Sox and Red Sox games and all of the other special items in the package.

This gift from the Blue Star moms made his Christmas and the resulting phone call from him lifted my deployment depression, if just for a little bit.

Thank you Blue Star Moms!!

Much love and gratitude

Rose Bottari

Raising Awareness about PTSD: A Resource Guide


Healthcare services for retired military are strained. State-level Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals are working to rebuild their reputation after the 2014 allegations of widespread patient neglect and long wait times. The responsibility private medical providers have toward veterans is clear — one-third of VA hospitals and clinics report inadequate mental health staff and patients wait an average of eight weeks to see a VA counselor for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Even before the VA scandal, over half of returning veterans sought primary care outside of the VA system at private medical facilities.