The 795th Military Police Battalion, 252nd and 180th MP Detachments are scheduled to host a 6.2-mile community ruck march 8 a.m. Saturday at the Troop Trail by Training Area 129.
All Department of Defense ID cardholders can participate in the event — called ‘Cops N’ Goblins’ — and civilian attire is required, organizers said. Halloween costumes are encouraged.
Participants will carry rucksacks full of canned food and register in one of three categories: individual, four-person team and family.
Each heat will have a maximum of 25 people, and heats will be staggered at five minutes apart to ensure appropriate social distancing.
The ruck march is admission-free and no awards will be given for those who finish first, second, third, etc. — leadership said the goal is to bring MP Soldiers together to celebrate community outreach.
“We look at this as a great opportunity to give back to a community who provides so much to our service members,” said Capt. Kevin Marks, 252nd/180th MP Detachment
He said he hopes the inaugural several-mile march shows his profession’s dedication to the welfare of the surrounding area.
“We hope by working more closely with the community that we can show we are not only here to provide you a professional service on your worst days but can be here to serve you on your best days, as well,” Marks said. “‘Protect and serve’ is our motto, and we work to live by that standard.”
He reminded anyone planning to attend to prepare for a considerable amount of exercise.
“The event is not supposed to be easy; it’s supposed to capture a fun way that is raising awareness to very significant food shortages amongst our community partners,” he said. “Therefore, it is important to hydrate, pack your pack with appropriate weight distribution, feel free to wear a costume to get into that Halloween spirit, and remember it is not mandatory to donate or to give.”
Organizers encouraged each participant to carry about 35 pounds of canned food in each rucksack. If feeling any level of illness, participants are urged not to attend.
Additional measures, such as portable hand-washing stations, will be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Face masks are required while preparing for the march and after finishing, but not during the physical exercise, organizers said.
“To say that these times under COVID-19 are unique would be the understatement of the year,” said Lt. Col. Jonathan Yasuda, 795th MP Bn. commander. “Whether it’s businesses that have shut down, loved ones who have fallen ill or the general (lack) of visiting families in the area, the entire community has been
Parking is available at Abrams Theater. Advance registration is required for the event.
Anyone interested in participating can call the operations officer at the 795th MP Bn., Capt. Christopher Parker, at 573.596.5279 for more information.