March for the Fallen 20182018-06-25T13:42:52+00:00

A Living Memorial to Those Who Sacrificed the Most

The March for the Fallen is a greater community event hosted by the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Training Center at Fort Indiantown Gap to honor the memory of all that have fallen in the defense of our nation (started by Major General Gronski).

How did Alpha Architect get involved?

AA is a veteran-owned organization with representation across most of the US Armed Forces (U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Army — we’re still waiting for our first U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard teammates!). Our organization believes in supporting those who serve. Our goal with March for the Fallen is to bring awareness to the broader finance community of the sacrifices made by Service Members who died in the line of duty. What started as a 10-person AA team building event in 2016, turned into a full-scale 70-person adventure filled with a who’s who of the “fintwit” community in 2017 (thanks to Pat O’Shaugnessy for spreading the word!). We hope 2018 is even bigger and better.

Why should you attend?

  • To honor the fallen
  • Challenge yourself both mentally and physically (28 miles on rugged terrain. Optional: 35lb+ rucksack)
  • Network with interesting and honorable people

Who should attend?

Things to consider

Note: The March for the Fallen is not an event focused on fundraising. The contribution is your blood sweat and tears on the course, which serves as a living memory of the fallen. If one feels compelled to contribute to specific veteran causes, we can provide this information.

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Be Part of Something Special

The March for the Fallen Trail

Photos from Last Year

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How Much?

Blood, Sweat, Tears

$35 dollars. This is an event where the contribution is your effort.


How Tough?

28 miles with a rucksack

Everyone has a personal summit. Participation is the priority.

Training Tips

What do I need?

Minimal Requirements

Rugged athletic gear for hiking. 35lb rucksack (optional)

Gear Guidance

Where Is it?

Nat. Guard Training Center

Strickler Field, Fort Indiantown Gap, PA

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Where do I stay?

We will provide barracks accomodations

Similar to the Four Seasons, minus the luxury.

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Training Series

Need Inspiration for Training?

David Goggins is arguably one of the toughest individuals on the planet.

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March For the Fallen Agenda

  • Day 1: Friday — Pre-Event Day
  • Day 2: Saturday — Event Day
  • Day 3: Sunday — Departure Day
TimeEventPoint of Contact
1500-1900Attendee arrival and registration packet pickupRyan Kirlin & Pat Cleary
1900-2000Event pasta dinner (carbo load!)Ryn Kirlin & Pat Cleary
2100-2130Event outline and FAQ sessionWes Gray
2130-2200Pre-event motivational speaker TBD
2300Lights offPat Cleary
TimeEventPoint of Contact
0600Wake upRyan Kirlin & Pat Cleary
0600-0700Event preparationN/A
0700-0730Transition to event startN/A
0730-0800Event opening ceremonyNational Guard
0800-CompletionMarch for the FallenNational Guard
1900-2030Post-Event DinnerRyan Kirlin & Pat Cleary
2030-2100Post-Event SpeakerTBD

Are you ready to challenge yourself?