Month: October 2018

3rd Annual Justin Fitch Memorial Ruck

Justin Fitch holding a veterans patchSaturday, October 6th we honored American Hero Justin Fitch at this year’s Third Annual Justin Fitch Memorial Ruck, at the Chutes and Ladders Pavilion in Houghton’s Kestner Park. The official ceremony began at approximately 2:30pm. Immediately following the event, there was a cookout. Faculty, staff, students and community members attended the event. Additionally, Lt. Col. Christian A. Thompson, Army ROTC 1st Battalion, 107th Engineers, assisted in a dedication ceremony for a memorial that has been placed on the ROTC front lawn in honor of Fitch.

I have had the privilege of overseeing this event the last three years and I continue to be amazed at the way our community has come together to support this incredible cause. —Grant M Beatus

The Carry the Fallen Ruck March is a four-mile hike where participants can choose to carry a weighted pack to symbolize the struggles that veterans go through every day. Justin Fitch ’05, was a Michigan Tech grad who served as a major in the United States Army. Fitch led a ruck march to bring awareness to the fact that 22 veterans a day take their own lives.

Tragically, Justin was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer in May 2012. After being medically retired from the Army in 2015, he was determined to continue to fight for his brothers in arms. Despite chemotherapy treatments and numerous medical appointments, he fought and marched for his brothers until the day he passed away on October 4, 2015

In an effort to continue what Fitch called his “final mission,” we have teamed up with Active Heroes, a 501(c) (3) charity whose mission is to support all U.S. military service members, veterans and their families through physical, educational and emotional programs in an effort to eliminate suicide.

Husky Alpine Run

DSC_0047Are you up for a Halloween challenge? Come join the Michigan Tech Department of Military Science in our inaugural Husky Alpine Run on Oct. 27, which is a 5 km trail race on Mont Ripley. Don’t ski or snowboard? No worries. Many people enjoy skiing or snowboarding the slopes of Ripley and now you get to run them.  We encourage everyone to show up and run in their Halloween costume as prizes are awarded to the costume contest winner.

All racers will get complimentary food and beverages after the event and there will also be raffle prizes. The winners of each age group (male and female) will receive medals, and the overall male and female winners will get their names engraved on a plaque that will be posted in the Military Science building. Sign up now and get a free event t-shirt. Student registration is only $15.

We also want to give back to our community in Houghton and help fund road repairs caused by the devastating Father’s Day flooding. To do so, we will donate part of our proceeds to help fund flood relief efforts. Come out and have a fun time and help us support our community.