Q. What is the Mountain Man Memorial March?
A. “Honor through Action.” Simply put, this event honors the sacrifices of our American service members and their families. Nothing will give you a better appreciation of their sacrifice than to walk a mile, or 26.2, in their shoes and their weight on your back!
Q. When does registration begin?
A. You can register at link provided on the Home page of the MMMM website. If the link is not working e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register early to receive discounts. You can also register in person the morning of the event.
Q. How far apart are water points?
A. The average distance between water points is 3.75 miles. Each water point has water, snack food, and medical personnel. You will have numerous opportunities along the route to stop for food, water and medical needs.
Q. Is there medical aid?
A. Yes! Medical personnel will be located at the Start/Finish line and throughout the course. There will be an ambulance located at the Start/Finish line and the half way point. The medical personnel are EMTs and Paramedics volunteering their time for participants.
All necessary supplies will be handled by these trained professionals. They have worked this event for many years and know what needs to be done for you to complete the course in the safest possible way
Q. Where can I stay?
A. Many of the hotels and motels in and around the Gatlinburg area offer military rates. Call your preferred hotel to verify that they offer military rates.
Q. Who benefits?
A. Originally, The MMMM’s goal is to provide scholarship grants to Gold Star Family members. In 2016, the funds raised help to support the Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation’s campaign to construct the first Gold Star Family Memorial Monument in Tennessee. In 2017, because of the devastating fires in and around Gatlinburg, the MMMM donated to the American Red Cross of East TN, the Gatlinburg Fire Department and the Gatlinburg Police Department. In addition, The MMMM makes an annual donation to the University of Tennessee Army and Air Force ROTC programs, as well as the American Legion Post #2, Knoxville TN.
In 2020, the featured donation will be made in support of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Veterans Memorial which will be placed on the pedestrian walkway in the middle of campus. Other funds raised through sponsorship, donations and MMMM apparel sales will continue to support Gold Star Families.
Q. How much time do I have to complete the event?
A. There is no allotted amount of time to complete the march, however officials will bring you back to the finish point if it is getting dark and the course is not safe to navigate.
Q. Do I have to bring my own equipment?
A. Yes, we are unable to provide any equipment needed for the march. If you are in an organization that does not have the necessary equipment you can buy it yourself at most army/navy stores.
Q. Who can enter and what categories may I enter?
A. Anyone can participate. The team and individual categories are military heavy full, military heavy half, military light full, military light half, civilian light full, civilian light half. Please see the rules for these categories. Military categories are open to government and veterans organizations with uniforms such as police and fire departments, Department of Energy, etc. All military personnel may compete in any category.
Q. Do I have to wear a uniform if I’m entering a military category?
Q. How do you become a Sponsor?
A. If you would like to become a corporate sponsor see our “Sponsor us in 2020” page. If you wish to donate time or funding to this event, please contact us at email@example.com
Q. What does “service recognized” boots or equipment mean?
Q. Can I use a Camelback instead of the LBE with canteen?
Q. Do military heavy have to wear an LBE with the rucksack?
Q. What are the requirements for team categories?
Q. Are team members required attending at the team representatives’ meeting?
Q. What is the weight requirement for the heavy categories?
Q. For JROTC/ROTC entries in the team categories, may the instructors march with the cadets as a team member?
Q. I’m entering a non-military category – what type of shoe/boot do you recommend?
Q. What food is available?
Q. Can spectators go out on the route to watch?
Q. Are strollers allowed on the route?