Mike Waldron, Marine Corps veteran and Duluth native is giving back to his fellow servicemembers through his organization which has grown to the national level in recent years.
23rd Veteran, a military nonprofit which seeks to help military veterans overcome trauma experienced during service through programs ranging from fitness, outdoors, and community.
The organization currently puts on an event titled the “Nearly Naked Ruck March”.
Based on the military training exercise “rucking” is an activity where a participant walks a certain amount of miles with a weighted pack on their shoulders.
The Nearly Naked Ruck March is a civilian version in which participants can raise funds, and make donations to 23rd Veterans programs, and whatever they raise translates to the weight they carry, participants also complete the 10-mile march wearing long underwear, hence the “nearly naked” portion of the name. Mike Waldron says many show up in patriotic garb, and costumes.
Waldron has put these marches on across the country including here in Duluth.
This year’s Nearly Naked Ruck March event is the fourth to take place in the Twin Ports on March 30th, and this year will also feature a Nearly Naked Afterparty!
If you would like to register for the Ruck March or learn more about 23rd Veteran, you can follow the link below.