How do you organize a 36-hour relay race featuring 10 teams, consisting of more than 70 runners and 20 drivers, that goes from one end of Cape Cod to the other and back? With a lot of help.
That is exactly what Heroes In Transition (HIT) is looking for as it seeks volunteers for its Ruck4HIT. Now in its fourth year, the race starts on Friday, May 3 at 1 am at the Courtyard Restaurant & Pub in Bourne and ends around noon on Saturday, May 4 at Dino’s Sports Bar in Mashpee.
“Without volunteers, there is no way we would be able to pull off Ruck4HIT,” said HIT Executive Director Nicole Spencer.
HIT needs volunteers stationed at as many of the 70 exchanges on the roughly 220-mile course as possible. Those interested in volunteering should contact Ruck4HIT Volunteer Coordinators Kristen and Tedd Black of East Falmouth, at [email protected].
This is now the second straight year that the Blacks have helped to coordinate volunteers for the race in which runners wear 20- to 30-pound rucksacks on their back as a reminder of the sacrifices our service members and veterans have made and the burdens they carry on behalf of our country. Each participant runs a 2- to 4-mile leg before switching off with a teammate.
Volunteers play a critical role, Tedd said, in ensuring the safety of runners over the course of the two-day race.
Along with volunteers, organizers are also seeking sponsors for the 4th Annual Ruck4HIT. For more info on becoming a sponsor, email [email protected].
Funds raised from the Ruck4HIT go to Heroes In Transition which supports veterans, active duty military, and military families through a range of programs that include providing financial assistance; monthly outings for military couples; a canine co-pilot program; fishing excursions; and an equine therapy program.
About Heroes In Transition (HIT)
Founded in 2009 following the death of U.S. Marine Captain Eric A. Jones, Heroes In Transition (HIT) is now in its 10th year. The Mashpee-based nonprofit provides assistance and support to veterans, service members, and military families that is not readily available through other organizations. Its services include: a Canine Co-Pilot Program; a Families In Transition (FIT) equine therapy program; financial assistance; fishing excursions; monthly outings for military couples; and an annual Fall Couples Retreat. To learn more about HIT, visit www.heroesintransition.org.