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2nd Annual Pennsylvania National Guard March for the Fallen
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2nd Annual Pennsylvania National Guard March for the Fallen

4/28/2013

When: 28 April, 2013
0600 check in, 0745 Opening Ceremony
Where: Fort Indiantown Gap
 Pennsylvania 
United States
Contact:
CPT Junkin (FTIG-francisco.s.junkin.mil@mail.mil) or SFC Reilly (Kuwait-matthew.s.mil@mail.mil)

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Online registration is closed.
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Second Annual PNGAS March for the Fallen, 28 April 2013

REGISTRATION: The cost to participate in the PNG MFTF is $20.  Although online registration is now closed you may still register the day of the March.  Tshirts will not be available for day-of registrations.  Please bring a completed General Release Statment and arrive early for registration.

*The information below pertains to the PNG MFTF being conducted at FTIG

DATE: Sunday, 28 April 2013

LOCATION: Blue Mountain Track. Fort Indiantown Gap. Annville, PA

PURPOSE: Honoring those that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our nation.

TIME LINE:

EVENT

TIME

Check-in

0600-0730

Corralling

0730-0745

Opening Ceremony

0745-0800

Participant Preparation

0800-0810

March Begins

0810

Awards Ceremony

1500hrs

(3:00pm-estimated)

March Ends

2010hrs (8:10pm)

CHECK-IN:

  • The check-in area will be broken down into 8 groups which are organized by last name (A-B, C-D, E-H, I-L, M-N, O-R, S, T-Z).
  • Please fill out the attached General Release Statement and bring it with you to the check-in area.
  • During check-in you will receive your race packet (tshirt and bib number).
  • If you did not pay during registration you will do so during check-in.
  • The registration tables will close at 0730hrs so that everyone is prepared for the opening ceremony so please arrive early with your General Release Statement completed.

CORRALS:

  • Everyone must wear their bib number in the corral.
  • Participants will be grouped into two corrals: Personal Challenge and Military Heavy.
  • The Personal Challenge Corral will contain those participants that: are not wearing a military uniform and those that are not competing in the Military Heavy Division. This corral will be the closest to the start line and move out first.
  • The Military Heavy Corral will contain those participants that: are wearing a military uniform and competing in the Military Heavy Division. This corral will be behind the Personal Challenge Corral.

DIVISIONS:

  • Personal Challenge: Participants in this division may march out and back as far as they would like or around the entire course. There is no uniform or pack/weight requirement.
  • Military Heavy: Participants in this division must wear a full military uniform (cover, blouse, trousers, boots) during the opening ceremony (after the ceremony participants may only remove their cover and blouse) and carry a pack containing 35lbs.

ROUTE:

  • The start and end points are Blue Mountain Track.
  • There are mile markers every mile with two turn-around markers for a 5k and 10k course.
  • The route is a 28 mile continuous loop around Fort Indiantown Gap that ascends Hawk Watch Mountain and runs along paved roads and rocky terrain.
  • Participants may turn around at any point on the course in order to march less than 28 miles. Only those competing in the Military Heavy Division must march the 28 mile loop.

WATER AND FOOD:

  • Blue Mountain Track: The PNG has loaned a water trailer to support the march at Blue Mountain Track for participants to use at the beginning of the event. Roxbury Treatment Center will also have water on hand before the opening ceremony. After the event there will be limited food (ie. fruit) at Blue Mountain Track. There will also be 10 porta-potties at Blue Mountain Track for participants to utilize.
  • Route: There will be 5 water points along the route spaced, on average, about every five miles. Each water point will have water and limited food (ie. fruit) as well as 2 porta-potties. Please remember to bring a drinking container (ie. camelback, water bottle, etc) as disposable cups will be available in limited quantities.

MEDICAL SUPPORT:

  • There will be 5 ATVs driven by combat lifesaver certified personnel monitoring the course at all times.
  • There will also be two ambulances (1 HMMWV and 1 Civilian) stationed along the route.
  • Blue Mountain Track will also have one evac vehicle manned by trained medics.
  • If you are injured or cannot complete the march please:

               -DO NOT call 911.

               -Proceed to a water point and the volunteers will arrange for your evacuation to Blue Mountain Track.

                -Flag down an ATV and they will coordinate your evacuation to Blue Mountain Track.

SAFETY:

· Prior to beginning the March ensure your equipment is fitted properly to avoid unnecessary strain and that your foot care items (ie. spare socks and mole skin) are readily accessible.

· You may only cross roads at the points where the FTIG Police have traffic control points established.

· Parts of the course are open to motor vehicle traffic and there are not necessarily traffic control personnel at all areas where there may be risks regarding vehicle traffic. Everyone must use caution when on roadways open to vehicular traffic.

· Stay on the course. Do not wander into the wood line or attempt to take shortcuts as this may lead to you becoming lost or ending up in the impact area.

· Look after each other, if you notice anyone demonstrating any signs of heat (or cold) injury or dehydration ensure they make it to a Water Stop or flag down an ATV.

· Do not attempt to engage any wildlife that you may encounter along the route.

· If the Volunteers at the Water Points or on the ATVs have any worries that you will not finish the March due to an injury (ie. severe limping, signs of dehydration/heat injury, bleeding through the boots, etc..) they will coordinate to have you taken back to Blue Mountain Track. Their determination is final.

EARLY RACE PACKET PICKUP: Anyone that would like to skip the check-in line on the morning of the march may pick up their race packet, submit their General Release Statement, and pay if needed on Saturday, 27 April from 1300-1600 at Blue Mountain Track.

MISC:

  • Only the top 3 finishers in the Military Heavy Division will be weighed by MFTF Volunteers in order to verify that their packs contain 35lbs. Participants may independently weigh their packs prior to the beginning of the march if they so choose.
  • The only award categories in the MFTF are for top 3 finishers in the Military Heavy Division.
  • The $20 registration fee is being utilized to cover the costs of the race (ie. tshirts, food, water, etc..). Any excess funds will be donated to PA Wounded Warriors Inc and the FTIG Museum.
  • Military personnel, participants or volunteers, are not authorized to be in a duty status for the MFTF.
  • Volunteer personnel will be wearing a fluorescent green tshirt.
  • There will be an after action review in your bag when you check-in. Please take the time to fill it out and place it in the box near the registration tables so that we can improve on the event in 2014.

 

 

 

 
 

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