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Service members challenge Air Commando Ruck March

They strapped on 50lb packs and walked 450 miles.

The Air Commando Ruck March is a journey from Macdill Air Force base to Hurlburt Field.

Channel Three's Laura Hussey tells us why a group of service members took the challenge.

The Air Commando Ruck March began at the Special Operations Forces Memorial on Macdill Air Force base in Tampa. It ended here at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Airpark.      
    Six days and 450 miles.

Fourteen people walking around the clock, to honor brothers and sisters in arms.
Jake Madrid said, "We're just going, there's really not any motivation needed, I think we motivate ourselves. We're not going to let each other down." "So that means each person walks from 4-6 miles every eight hours or nine hours."

John Trostle, one of the marchers, said "I think it was about 23 blisters, one blown knee, some tendonitis, and it's a very small price to pay, to pay it forward and pay it back to those families in need."

They march to honor the fallen, and to raise money for their families through the Air Commando Association.
    It's a cause that hits close to home.

Some of their own family members join in for the final stretch through the Hurlburt gate.

"I'm doing this to help out Air Commandos and help the families on...Hopefully help them get through tough times," said Gaberiel Trostle

Fearing bad weather the ruckers made an early arrival at the Airpark Friday, then came back for an official ceremony in the afternoon.

Several of the marchers we spoke to said despite the sore feet, they're ready to do it all again next year.