Trot w/ Troops 5K runs are lead by U.S. Military personnel running in formation while calling out cadence. This innovative approach, designed by U.S. Army and Marine Corps veterans, gives civilians the opportunity to experience the discipline and stamina of U.S. Military basic training. Trot w/ Troops is held in the three largest cities in NY State - Buffalo, Rochester & New York City
If you're looking for more, try the PT Challenge - a hardcore cross-training event that will test your all around strength,
stamina and mental grit. Drill Instructors will be on hand to motivate you through a series of Basic
Training exercises followed by a timed race that includes a 25-yard "Bear Crawl", a 25-yard "Low Crawl" and ends with a 1.6-mile sprint. The winner will receive a $500.00 prize. The PT Challenge will be held in Rochester on May 26th.
Trot w/ Troops and the PT Challenge are two of the premier fundraisers of Operation Patriot Foundation, which has raised more than $120,000 in support of fire, police and military personnel.
Proceeds from Trot w/ Troops and the PT Challenge support our troops returning from combat suffering from PTSD and legal issues.
About the Trot - 5K:
Trot w/ Troops was organized to support military personnel as they transition back into society.
Trot w/ Troops is a 5K battalion-style March/Trot lead by U.S. Military personnel calling out cadence and will be held in Buffalo, NY; Rochester, NY & New York, NY. LOUD & PROUD is the theme so be ready to make noise!
Prior Service / Veterans:
If you're prior service, wear your military fatigues, PT uniform (or any other military uniform you wish to trot in) and join your branch at the front of the pack. Registration is not required.
March vs Trot:
Choosing to March (walk) or Trot (run) is simply for staging purposes. There is no extra fee to participate in both.
Those who wish to support our troops by "Marching" will leave first while the "Trotters" stretch out and limber up. The
Trot will begin about 20 minutes after the March.
We ask that all participants line up in formation with our Troops. PLEASE do not break formation or pass the person lined up in front of you. If you feel you need to rest, we ask that you step off the course and fall back in at the end of the pack. Please do not enter back into the formation until all participants pass you.
There will be Military Squad Leaders calling out cadence. As part of the experience, Marchers & Trotters are strongly encouraged to participate by repeating the cadence. LOUD and PROUD is the theme so be prepared to use those vocal chords!
FREE t-shirt to the first 100 PAID registrants at each location. Additional t-shirts may be available for sale at the event while supplies last.