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Review for Active Heroes Inc., Louisville, KY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the pleasure in participating in a few ruck march's with Active Heroes on the marathon route in Boston. I would have a hard time fully describing the true impact they have had on my life. They are life changing, bonding experiences.

My first year I was lucky enough to be lead by Justin Fitch. An absolutely phenomenal man with a drive, passion and dedication that few possess. In the following years and at the ruck in his memory the march continued to surpass my expectations.

I went in not really knowing what to expect but wanting to show my support for those who protect, serve and sacrifice for this great country. The morning started off with a motivational speech and then I watched 22 people take a knee representing the 22 lives a day that are lost to Veteran suicide. In the moment of silence that followed the power of what we were about to take on and the reason for it hit me.

I saw countless yellow ribbons, photographs of loved ones: husbands, wives, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, friends, fathers and mothers pinned to the back of rucks and being carried. American flags were proudly displayed. I asked people to tell me stories about the people in the photographs. I wanted to know what they were like. Hear the tellers favorite memories of the ones they lost. There were tears, laughs but most importantly there was a sense of camaraderie.

The logistics and planning that went into making this day a HUGE success were incredible. Check in was easy and they kept the group moving along as a comfortable pace. There were planned stops and a follow camper for anyone needing a break. We had police escorts most of the way and a planned stop at a VFW for lunch and a small 'service'. There were always people checking in to see how you were doing or if you needed anything. If you were ever short of motivation to continue walking all you needed to do was look left or right and you find it right next to you.

We walked down Boylston St towards the marathon finish line as a group. Finishing the same way we started. The hugs, tears and smiles were overwhelming and I knew without a doubt that I would continue to return to this amazing event every year possible.

Come be a part of a truly remarkable experience!

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