April 24, 2016
Through the coordination of military advisor Kim Lashomb, nearly 50 members of SNHU participated in Tough Ruck 2016, a 26.2-mile walk organized by the Military Friends Foundation in partnership with the Boston Athletic Association, the National Park Service and the Old Manse on April 16, 2016.
The walk was created in honor and in memory of fallen servicemembers, raising funds to support their families and also servicemembers in need. All ruckers - active military, veterans, first responders and civilians - carry a minimum of 30 lbs. in their ruck sack throughout the 26.2-mile walk. They walk, bearing the names of fallen servicemembers on yellow banners attached to their rucks.
Another 30 members of the SNHU community volunteered at Tough Ruck 2016. The SNHU team raised $8,572 for the Military Friends Foundation, to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice - and lend support to their families and to assist military servicemembers in need.
0:14 So walking with these rucks in the Tough Ruck represents the strife that a military family,
0:18 when they become a Gold Star Family, the weight symbolizes the weight that's on their shoulders.
0:26 The SNHU community has been great. Everybody was willing to jump on this and be a part
0:29 of this project. We asked for smaller numbers where we were just requesting 20-30, we ended
0:34 up getting 47 who are going to be out there on the day of the Ruck. And then for volunteers
0:38 we asked for 15 and we got close to 30.
0:41 Going 26 miles with a 30-pound ruck on your back, it's the embodiment of what that sacrifice
0:49 ultimately means. And it is for us, at SNHU, kind of our way of showing that we get that.
0:57 You know, there is something to be said about walking alongside another rucker or handing the water to somebody to say, "you've got
1:06 this." And I think that is a message that you don't have to shoulder that burden on
1:12 your own. I don't think that you can either bear the weight or see the weight that others
1:18 are bearing in relationship to the loss of a service member, and not be really touched
1:25 by that.
Summer is here and that - hopefully - means a few more free hours to use catching up on some reading. We asked people across SNHU what they're reading this summer and what they recommend.
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Timothy Woodward grew up in a small town in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in film and writing in California and an MFA in Fiction from SNHU.