Jingle Bell Ruck: 200 Fort McCoy soldiers to march around Tomah for charities

TOMAH, Wis. (WKBT) — Jingle bell, jingle bell, “ruck” is a fine time, to march in military time — for an inaugural Eagle Brigade march in Tomah.
The 181st BDE’s Jingle Bell Ruck march will take place from about 0900 to 1115 (9 to 11:15 a.m. in civilian time) Thursday, Dec. 3.
About 200 soldiers from the U.S. Army 181st Infantry Brigade from Fort McCoy will march from Tomah Recreation Park around Lake Tomah to Gillett Park. At the park, the soldiers will pass items they have carried in their rucksacks on to local charities.
The route will be:
• Start at the ice center at recreation park
• West on County Highway CM
• North on Gondola Road
• Right on Grumann Drive
• Right on Lawrence Avenue
• Left on Lakeview Drive
• Left on Jones Court.
• Formation will exit the roadway onto the walking trail and use the trail to march around the lake to West Juneau Street.
• From West Juneau, it will turn right on Lincoln Avenue
• Left on West Council Street to its final destination at Gillett Park, where there will be a brief ceremony.
The Tomah Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will provide escorts and traffic control.
Participating organizations include the Tomah Chamber & Visitors Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of west-central Wisconsin in Tomah, The Caring Closet Inc., Neighbor for Neighbor Inc. and the
Tomah Parks & Recreation Department.