Second annual ruck run raises almost a grand for veterans

By Brendan Bilo

This story has been updated with the amount raised.

THE second annual York College ruck run took place Sunday, with participants leaving from Grumbacher and then choosing a 5K or 10K route on the rail trail.

Dr. Robyn Maitoza, the event organizer, said almost 40 people registered. Donations amounted to $830, she said.

“I received lots of positive feedback again — everyone had a great time,” she said.

A ruck is running or walking with a weighted backpack, a common practice in the military. Last year in her First Year Seminar (FYS), a student came up with the idea of holding the ruck for their service project. Since COVID-19 was still lingering at the time, it was the perfect idea since the event would be held outside. “Last year, we raised around $1,000 with about 35 participants registered. This is really good considering we threw this together in only a couple of weeks. Our hope is that this year we raise at least $1,000,” she said.

Proceeds from the event benefit Roots for Boots, a nonprofit located in nearby New Oxford that serves veterans and their families. It provides help in any way possible, such as rent, repairs, insurance, etc., also hosts a monthly food bank. 

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