The Battle of Brooklyn Ruck March for Veterans & Families is a challenging 17.76-mile urban ruck march through historic sites commemorating the 243rd anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn. Guided by veterans serving as team leaders, participants will march in the footsteps of Continental troops who suffered heavy casualties in the fight for our newly established nation in August 1776. Exploration of historic sites will deepen participants’ understanding of the service and sacrifice of our earliest patriots and the essential contributions of military veterans to our city since the Revolution. The march will also celebrate the unique neighborhoods and communities of today’s Brooklyn.
Marchers will check in at 6:30am at John Paul Jones Park in Bay Ridge, just outside of Fort Hamilton. The event will kick off with a mandatory safety & orientation briefing at 7am. Participants will proceed in teams (staggered start times) along a planned route of 17.76 miles to historic sites, including: Red Lion Inn site in Sunset Park, Battle Hill in Green-Wood Cemetery, Old Stone House in Gowanus, Lookout Hill and Battle Pass in Prospect Park, Fort Defiance site in Red Hook, Fort Stirling site in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn War Memorial.
Lunch will be provided at a designated location (TBD), with menu choices respective of dietary restrictions. Water and restroom points will be identified along the route. Medical support will be provided by local volunteer ambulances. Marchers may choose to wear a backpack or rucksack simulating the basic load of a Continental soldier (approximately 35 pounds), but weight should be only what is comfortable/sustainable for each marcher. Marchers should carry water, snacks, sunscreen, foot powder, clean socks, and other items to stay cool, hydrated, and fueled to complete a long march at an average pace of 3 miles per hour.
The March will conclude at 5:30pm at the Brooklyn War Memorial with a solemn ceremony of remembrance. Elected officials and veteran leaders will honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Battle of Brooklyn and subsequent wars with brief remarks and a wreath-laying ceremony that is free and open to the public.
Following the ceremony, a reception will take place in Brooklyn Heights (TBD). Admission is included in march registration; tickets for additional guests are $15. Tickets include 2 drinks and appetizers. Friends, family, and general public are welcome to attend.
Shore Parkway 101st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11209
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