Sgt. Ryan Jopek 5K Ruck - Run & Remember

5K, 10K

Event Date

Sat, May 28, 2016


Merrill, WI


Activity Today Later

Run & Remember - Run Walk Individual No T-Shirt

$20 $30 Closed

Run & Remember - Run Individual & T-Shirt

$30 $30 Closed

Run & Remember - Run Individual Military or Senior bring proof of Military Service

$25 $25 Closed

Run & Remember - Run Walk Child 10 & under w T-shirt

$15 $15 Closed

Run & Remember - Run Walk Child 10 & under no T-shirt

$0 $0 Closed

Run & Remember - Run Walk Family inc 2 T-Shirts

$50 $50 Closed

Run & Remember - Run Walk Military Branch Unit#

$25 $25 Closed

Run & Remember - T-shirt Only $15.00

$0 $0 Closed

Jopek 10K Ruck March - 10K Ruck Individual w 30# min Ruck Age 16 - 102

$30 $30 Closed

Jopek 10K Ruck March - 10K Ruck Individual Military or Senior w 30# min Ruck

$25 $30 Closed

Jopek 10K Ruck March - 10K Ruck Family Registration inc 2 T-Shirts

$50 $50 Closed

Jopek 10K Ruck March - 10K Ruck Military Branch - Unit #

$25 $25 Closed

About This Activity

The SGT. Ryan Jopek Ruck - Run & Remember, sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1638 & Auxiliary, seeks to bring the community back to the true meaning of Memorial Day weekend, which is to remember the sacrifices our armed forces have made for the life-styles we enjoy daily.  It has been 10 years since Sgt. Jopek was killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and we would like to remember him with this run around Council Grounds State Park in Merrill, WI.
Please join us in a great gathering of fun, friendship, and laughter as we remember the sacrifice of Sgt. Ryan Jopek and the hundreds of thousands of fallen military personnel in our nation's history.
The 5K Run and Walk will start at the MARC (Merrill Area Recreation Center) and continue around Council Grounds State Park.

The 5K Ruck portion will start at South Park Street on Merrill's Scenic River Bend Hike/Bike Trail up to the MARC registration 7:30am -  start 8am with the option to continue on the 5K Run Walk registration 8am start 10am around Council Grounds State Park. (A total of 6.21 miles)

Advanced Registration: $20 registration only, $30 registration with T-shirt, $25 Military & Seniors, Family with 2 Shirts $50
Registration Day of Event: $40
Proceeds from this run will be added to the Sgt. Ryan Jopek Memorial Scholarship fund at Merrill High School to provide $1,000.00 scholarships to High School students that exemplify great personal character and dedication. A portion of funds will also go toward the travel and maintenance costs for Ryan's 1966 Chevy pick-up truck, "Walter".
Ryan's Memorial Scholarship has awarded $10,000.00 in scholarships over the past 10 years and this event would help insure that it is able to continue for years to come.
"Walter" - Ryan's 1966 Chevy truck has traveled around the state of Wisconsin as a reminder of the simple love of a man and his truck and as a rolling tribute to America's veterans past and present. In 9 years of travel, Walter has won numerous trophies and awards while being seen by thousands of people in parades and car shows. There are so many more places to travel to in Wisconsin and it's always been a dream to go on a trip of a lifetime and take it to Ryan's childhood homes in Kansas and Nebraska.

Event details and schedule

SGT. Ryan Jopek RUCK - RUN & Remember

Making Memorial Day Weekend more than a Holiday!

Tentative Event Schedule Rain or Shine - Dress appropriately for weather conditions -  this is not a professionally timed event.

10K Ruck March 

  • Registration 7:30am
  • Start 8am South Park Street at the beginning of new River Bend hike bike trail

A ruck march is comparable to hiking. Participants are expected to bring a military or civilian style ruck/backpack. Currently serving military members are expected to have a minimum of 30 pounds their pack, non-military participants are encouraged to have at least 20 pounds.
***Note this is a challenge march occurring separately from the 5K run, participants are not expected to run with the packs***

March - One 1/2 on River Bend Trail to Hwy 64 crossing to Cottage and proceeding to Grand Ave north to the MARC (Merrill Area Recereation Complex .   There will be a first aid and water station at 1.5 miles.  After arriving at the MARC you have the option to continue on the march for 5K around the beautiful Council Grounds State Park and ending back at the MARC.

Run & Remember 5K Run Walk

  • Registration opens 8am at the MARC (Merrill Area Recreation Complex, 1100 Marc Drive).
  • Start time 10:00 for Runners staggered every 10 min depending on the number of participants with walkers starting at 10:20. 
  • Families with children are welcome to participate, stroller is recommended. 

Course Maps are posted and will be availiable on event day.

Parking is available at the River Bend Trail start and at the MARC at no charge. A shuttle will be available for those participating in the Ruck to return to their vehicle.

All particapants will need to provide a waiver release and provide proper ID along with proof of military service for military discount (DD214, Military ID, Veteran ID).

Safety is absolutely a priority for this event and safety personnel will be provided for intersections.  Council Grounds State Park roads will not be closed, runners and walkers will be expected to stay on the right side of the road and allow vehicles to pass if needed.  If inclement weather impacts the event due to lightning, high winds, or tornado the event may require a delay of start.  This event is a rain or shine event unless unsafe to continue.

Please wear appropriate apparel and shoes for conditions.  The course is 100% paved trails designated for hiking and biking except for highway 64 to Cottage to Grand Ave to the MARC.

Information provided is subject to change.

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