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Bernard Madore, Sergeant Major, MA National Guard

"My team and I were at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon regrouping after rucking on the 26.2-mile course when the bombs went off."


April 14, 2022

Name: Bernard J. Madore, Command Sergeant Major, Massachusetts National Guard Age: 53 From: Derry, N.H.


My team and I were at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon regrouping after rucking on the 26.2-mile course when the bombs went off. We ALL ran to help people who were injured from blasts.


Since that day, I have always continued to support our fallen heroes and their families, by participating every year in the Military Friends Foundation’s Tough Ruck.


The event is held in partnership with the Boston Athletic Association and the National Park Service. It’s great to know that Tough Ruck participants are the first to receive B.A.A medals every year. I am rucking for the Tough Ruck organization and everything they do to support America’s fallen military and first responders.


This event continues to pay homage to our fallen heroes while recognizing and honoring how the military supported people who were injured from the blasts.


Taking part in the Tough Ruck helps me to deal with the memories that I have from being at the finish line that day, remember the people who were impacted by the Marathon bombings. It enables us to continue to honor the memories of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and way of life.


I have participated in this event for the last 10 years and I look forward to continuing to honor fallen military and first responders for years to come.




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Mark Vega
Mar 07, 2023

I'm inspired by your story and am proud to participate this year. It's been 30 years since I wore my BDUs but they still fit and I cannot wait to ruck with 35lbs on my back in honor of the 4 Army Chaplains who fell when the Dorchester went down in WWII off Newfoundland.

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