The Iron Bowl is the name given to the football game between bitter rivals Alabama and Auburn.
This year, the Campus Veteran Associations of Alabama and the Auburn Student Veterans Association have teamed up to use the opportunity to raise awareness about the suicide rate among veterans by rucking the 150 miles from stadium to stadium.
The two associations will gather at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn on Wednesday, November 21, and end Saturday, November 24, morning at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.
For the event, the veterans will carry a 22-pound ruck loaded with toiletries, underwear and other items that the two associations have collected. The 22 pound rucks will symbolize the 22 veterans lost each day to suicide. These will be donated to the Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alexander City after the ruck is complete.
In addition to this, the group will carry an Iron Bowl game ball that is scheduled to be delivered to the game officials prior to kickoff.
This is just another great example of how ruckers can gather together, put in miles, and do good for the communities they serve.
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Ryan Burns is the founder of The Rucking Collective, LLC, which runs a number of ruck-related websites, including Rucking.com. Ryan discovered Rucking through GORUCK and has completed numerous GORUCK events, including their 50-mile Star Course. When not rucking, Ryan enjoys time with his family and helping others on their fitness journey as a Level 1 CrossFit trainer. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org