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      The Fifth Annual Heroes Ruck Challenge in Little Rock


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      May 18, 2019

      Saturday   7:00 AM

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      The Fifth Annual Heroes Ruck Challenge

      Are you ready for a challenge that will help a great cause? Do you want to see how your team matches up against teams from all branches of our local military, law enforcement, fire & rescue, EMS, ROTC, scouting and local sports teams? Do you want a chance to show your support for our local men and women in uniform?   Sheep Dog Impact Assistance - Central AR is proud to present the Fifth Annual Heroes Ruck Challenge on 18 May 2019 at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum in North Little Rock, AR. Highlights: This is a 15.3 mile, squad level, road march charity race. Teams will consist of five members, each carrying a minimum 35 lb rucksack/duty gear, with the exception of the Civilian Light Division where a ruck is not required. Individuals are encouraged to ruck it with us and can register independent from a team, with or without a ruck. All registered participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and all finishers will receive a commemorative 2019 HRC medal. Winners medals will be awarded to the team with the best time in each division and to the fastest individual participant not on a team. Each mile along the route will honor the sacrifice of a fallen service member or first responder.  (Each mile marker sign will be offered to the surviving family members afterward as our way of letting them know that we haven't forgotten their sacrifice.) Participants are encouraged to march "in memory of" or "in honor of" an injured or fallen comrade. The race starts at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, crosses the pedestrian bridge to the Clinton Presidential Center, winds up the Little Rock side of the river to the Big Dam Bridge, across the bridge to Cook’s Landing and back to the museum using the Arkansas River Trail   This event benefits Sheep Dog Impact Assistance - Central AR and its mission to engage, assist and empower our military veterans and first responders in need with continued service opportunities, holiday assistance and outdoor adventures.  A member of the Alexandria, LA, SWAT team quietly shows respect as he passes by a mile marker at 2016's event. With mile marker 11, we remembered Deputy Sherri Jones of the Bowie County Sheriff's Office, who died in the line of duty on 18 April 2011.     Official Team Rules Teams will compete in one of five divisions. Active Duty Division is open to those who are currently on active duty status in a Military, Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue or EMS unit.  This also includes volunteer firefighters actively serving a community volunteer fire unit.  Four members of the team must meet this guideline. Former Duty Division is open to those who are former members of active duty military and first responder units to include Veterans Groups and those with Honorable Discharges and Retirees.  Four members of the team must meet this guideline. Civilian Division is open to anyone who is not a current or former active duty member in any unit who wants to honor those who served. JROTC units are included in this division. Civilian Light Division is open to civilian and youth teams who want to support our local heroes and participate without the rucksack requirement. Collegiate Division is open to those students taking any college or junior college course regardless of level (undergraduate, graduate, medical school, law school, etc.), status (part-time or full-time) or degree status.  ROTC units are included in this division.  Four members of the team must be registered college students. Teams will consist of five participants.  All members of the team must cross the finish line within 20 seconds of each other.  Failure to do so will result in disqualification.  Any team finishing with less than five members will be disqualified from placing for a winner's medal. No team will abandon or leave behind a member.  If a team member cannot continue, it is the team’s duty to ensure that they are left in the care of route medical personnel.  The team captain will contact the route staff with a number given to them before the event, and the appropriate medical personnel will respond.  Once a team member is left in the care of medical personnel, the remainder of the team may choose to complete the course; however, the entire team is disqualified from winning. Participants (with the exception of the Civilian Light Division) must have a minimum of 35 lbs in gear, to include their rucksacks/duty gear/backpacks, which will be weighed and verified before the start of the race.  The weight will be annotated on the waiver form.  Sheep Dog Impact Assistance will not be responsible for injuries sustained from carrying more weight than the minimal requirement. The frame of the ruck/backpack will count towards the 35 lb limit.  Alice Style, Blackhawk, Propper and Molle or civilian packs are authorized.  The 35 lbs cannot include rocks, sandbags (unless securely taped shut), logs, water or other items which could be picked up or discarded along the route.  The rucksacks of the first place winning team will be weighed after the race.  Fire units in the Active Duty Division may substitute rucksacks with bunker gear and air tanks as long as the weight meets the 35 lb minimum standard. Participants with less than 35 lbs at the end of the race will be disqualified from winning the trophy, unless that member has a documented physical condition that precludes him from carrying the weight.  In that case, the weight will be distributed among the team and carried throughout the challenge. All participants will have a water source along the route at all times.  Water-carrying devices will NOT be weighed as part of the official weight of the duty gear.  If the participant chooses to carry their water source in their rucksack, the water source and all components of water-carrying equipment (LCE, canteens, canteen cup, etc) will be removed prior to weigh in.   Additional Rules Specific to Active Duty Division Active Duty participants will wear BDU’s, ACUs, or their service equivalent uniform IAW their department/unit standards.  Distinctive unit T-shirts may be worn in place of the regulation T-shirts or in lieu of uniform tops.  All shirts will be tucked and will exhibit a high level of professionalism.  All team members must be in identical uniforms.  PT uniforms are acceptable. Footwear is limited to military service recognized boots.  Consult your service regulations.  Hi-Tech style boots may be worn only if authorized by individual service regulations or commander. Pioneering poles and hiking sticks are not authorized in the Active Duty division.   Additional Rules Specific to Former Duty Division Former Duty participants may wear BDUs, ACUs or their former service equivalent uniform.  Distinctive unit T-shirts may be worn in place of the regulation T-shirt or in lieu of uniform tops.  All shirts will be tucked and will exhibit a high level of professionalism.  All team members must be in identical uniforms. Participants registered in the Former Duty Division may wear any footwear or attire appropriate for road marching.  Individual components of military-type clothing (i.e., BDU trousers, military boots, military headgear, etc.) may be worn, but the participants must be easily distinguishable as a non-military entrants by finish line personnel. Pioneering poles and hiking sticks are authorized in the Former Duty division. Additional Rules Specific to Civilian Division JROTC participants will wear BDU’s, ACUs, or their service equivalent uniform IAW their department/unit standards.  Distinctive unit T-shirts may be worn in place of the regulation T-shirts or in lieu of uniform tops.  All shirts will be tucked and will exhibit a high level of professionalism.  All team members must be in identical uniforms.  PT uniforms are not acceptable.  Footwear for JROTC units are limited to military service recognized boots.  Consult your service regulations.  Hi-Tech style boots may be worn only if authorized by individual service regulations or commander. In the JROTC team category, instructors may march with the cadets as a team member or as a group leader without charge as long as there are five registered members. Participants other than JROTC registered in the Civilian Division may wear any footwear or attire appropriate for road marching.  Individual components of military-type clothing (i.e., BDU trousers, military boots, military headgear, etc.) may be worn, but the participants must be easily distinguishable as a non-military entrants by finish line personnel. Pioneering poles and hiking sticks are authorized in the civilian division.   Additional Rules Specific to Civilian Light Division  There is no requirement for any type of rucksack in this division. Participants registered in the Civilian Light Division may wear any footwear or attire appropriate for road marching.  Individual components of military-type clothing (i.e., BDU trousers, military boots, military headgear, etc.) may be worn, but the participants must be easily distinguishable as a non-military entrants by finish line personnel. Pioneering poles and hiking sticks are authorized in the civilian division.    Additional Rules Specific to Collegiate Division ROTC participants will wear BDU’s, ACUs, or their service equivalent uniform IAW their department/unit standards.  Distinctive unit T-shirts may be worn in place of the regulation T-shirts or in lieu of uniform tops.  All shirts will be tucked and will exhibit a high level of professionalism.  All team members must be in identical uniforms.  PT uniforms are acceptable.  Footwear for ROTC units are limited to military service recognized boots.  Consult your service regulations.  Hi-Tech style boots may be worn only if authorized by individual service regulations or commander. Participants other than ROTC registered in the Collegiate Division may wear any footwear or attire appropriate for road marching.  Individual components of military-type clothing (i.e., BDU trousers, military boots, military headgear, etc.) may be worn, but the participants must be easily distinguishable as a non-military entrants by finish line personnel. Pioneering poles and hiking sticks are not authorized in the Collegiate ROTC section of the division but are authorized for students not in an ROTC Unit.        Miscellaneous All participants must sign the required event waiver form. Minimum age to participate is 13-years old, providing the individual is registered and marching with a parent/guardian or group leader 18 years or older.  Groups of minors must be accompanied by a group leader/coach.  Group leaders are not required to pay an additional fee as long as the minor group has five registered members.  Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign the required waiver form. Participants in uniformed divisions must be in full uniform during the opening ceremony and at the start of the march.  Only uniform tops and headgear may be removed along the route as desired. The route is on a public course and courtesy to other users must be exercised during the course of the event.  Team members are prohibited to walk more than two persons wide while on the trail to allow other runners and bicyclists to pass. No pets, strollers, or roller blades are allowed as part of the event. Headphone use is allowed along the route as long as its usage does not consitute a saftey hazard. All team members must follow and stay on the designated route. All participants will have a water source along the route at all times. Removal of signs or other markers is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification. Any trash must be disposed of in trash cans along the route or held on your person until the race is complete then deposited in a trash can. Refunds will not be given due to inclement weather or cancellation of the march. Numbers will be attached to the front of the uniform only.   Vehicles are not allowed on the course.  Teams may have support vehicles along the route.  The support vehicle cannot trail or lead the marchers but may stage along the route, as safety and common sense allow, and provide the marchers with food or water.  Participants may not enter the support vehicle for any reason or disqualification will result.  Non-participants may be staged along the route to encourage participants, but may not follow participants along the route. If the support vehicle provides equipment (boots, socks, clothing), the participants must remain in the appropriate uniform for the event they are participating.  If a participant completes any portion of the march in any uniform other than the appropriate uniform for their category, they will be disqualified. Only team captains will report to march officials with any discrepancies or grievances prior to the conclusion of the march.  March officials will make final decisions on all discrepancies or grievances.  Good sportsmanship and camaraderie is expected at all times.   Lodging The Wyndham Riverfront Little Rock is once again named as the host hotel for Sheep Dog Central AR's Heroes Ruck Challenge 5 in March!  Teams can fuel up on race day with a complimentary FULL HOT breakfast buffet.  They also offer complimentary parking, WiFi, and a shuttle to Downtown North Little Rock as well as the Little Rock Rivermarket area.  Each guest will enjoy a refrigerator in all sleeping rooms, recently updated pool area, a newly updated exercise room and a staff that is known for their customer service!  Don’t forget about their two resturants, the Riverfront Steakhouse and Benihana are on property with great service and 2 onsite bars. Hurry and book your room. They will go quickly!  Contact Lana Roach at 501-907-4842, e-mail your request to lroach@wyndhamnlr.com or go online and make your reservation:  https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/groups/hr/sheep-dog-impact-assistance-race2     For more information, call 501-712-5514 ext. 704 or email sduvall@SheepDogIA.org.  Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that serves the needs of the men and women serving in our military, law enforcement, fire & rescue and EMS services – a community of people we call “Sheep Dogs.”   SDIA exists to ENGAGE, ASSIST & EMPOWER our military veterans and first responders in need, reminding them that they have much to give back and life is worth living. SDIA offers continued service opportunities through disaster response missions, and assistance to fellow Sheep Dogs in need through various programs like Outdoor Adventures and Holiday programs. This “impact assistance” inspires growth and healing for all involved and, for many, fosters a renewed sense of purpose. HELPING IS HEALING.    Check us out at www.sheepdogia.org or our local Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sheepdogcentralar         Sheep Dog Impact Assistance is an IRS-recognized 501(c)3 organization and a Gold member of GuideStar.   FAQs Is there a minimum age requirements to enter the event? Yes.  Participants must be at least 13 years of age.    Do I have to carry a ruck/duty gear? No.  Participants registered as an individual or in the Civilian Light Division do not have any ruck or duty gear requirements.  All other divisions, however will require a ruck/duty gear.  Do I have to be an active or former military member or first responder to participate? No. Anyone ages 13 and up may participate in their respective division or as an individual. Respective divisions include a Civilian Division (includes JROTC Units), Civilian Light Division (no ruck/duty gear) and Collegiate Division (includes ROTC Units).   What are the rules pertaining to the ruck/duty gear? Participants must have a minimum of 35lbs of duty-specific gear, to include their rucksacks/backpacks, which will be weighed and verified before the start of the race. The weight will be annotated on the waiver form. The frame of the ruck/backpack will count towards the 35lb limit.  The 35lbs cannot include rocks, sandbags (unless securely taped shut), logs, water or other items which could be picked up or discarded along the route.The rucksacks of the first place winning team will be weighed after the race.  Participants with less than 35lbs at the end of the race will be disqualified from winning the trophy, unless that member has a documented physical condition that precludes him/her from carrying the weight.  In that case, the weight will be distributed among the team and carried throughout the challenge. Alice Style, Blackhawk, Propper and Molle or civilian packs (backpacks) are authorized. 

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