Helen and Bob of APK Charities in Memory of Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel

APK Race Registration is now open.

See you at the 4th Annual APK 5K on November 4, 2017.

All proceeds from the APK 5K and 5K Ruck March will benefit these Military charities: Special Forces Charitable Trust, Fisher House, APK Endowment Fund with the Madison & Guilford Foundations, Spikes K9 Fund, Wounded Warriors Family Support

So what is a Ruck March anyway?

APK Race Registration is now open.

See you at the 4th Annual APK 5K on November 4, 2017.

So... what's a Ruck March?

Not a runner? Please consider making a donation.

Throughout the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, America's military and their families have made enormous sacrifices. On March 11, 2013, we suffered the agonizing loss of our son in eastern Afghanistan. Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel, 28, was killed in action while serving as detachment commander of his Green Beret Special Forces team. Andrew grew up in Wallingford and Canton/Collinsville and graduated from Avon Old Farms School, Avon, CT in 2002 and the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 2006.

We created the APK Charities Corporation (a Connecticut non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable status applied and pending/Federal Tax ID 46-5456912) and the APK 5K/5K Ruck Walk/March to properly honor and remember the ultimate sacrifice made by our son and to raise awareness and support for our active, retired, wounded and fallen warriors and their families. The APK Charities mission is to provide financial aid and material assistance to charitable organizations and causes.

This year all proceeds of the event will benefit four worthy causes; the Connecticut Trees of Honor Memorial under construction in Middletown, The Fisher House to be built on the campus of the VA Hospital in West Haven, the Special Forces Charitable Trust of Essex, CT, and Honor and Remember. These four charities provide much-needed and effective recognition and support for fallen soldiers’ families and wounded soldiers and their families.

We are asking you and/or your company to join us in recognizing and supporting this cause by contributing to the APK 5K fundraising event sponsored by the APK Charities Corporation. The APK 5K is a 5K Run, 5K Ruck/Walk and Kids Fun Run on November 7th at 9:30 a.m. at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Connecticut. Please download our Sponsorship Form below and join us in supporting fallen and wounded soldiers and their families.

If you can't become one of our sponsors, donations of any kind are welcome and will help cover the cost of the race while benefiting the aforementioned charities.


Helen and Bob Pedersen-Keiser

Combat Applications Group: $1000 or more

  • Mentioned as Key Sponsor in all media applications
  • Marketing space
  • Logo on T-shirt

Operator: $500 or more

  • Table at beginning or end of race
  • Logo on T-shirt

Robin Sage: $250 or more

  • Name on T-shirt

Selection: $100 or more

  • Honorable Mention

Darby: $50 or more

  • Honorable Mention

In Kind: (after race food, services etc. please list)

  • Will receive benefits of sponsorship level according to market value of donation

APK Charities is a non-profit organization raising funds for Connecticut Trees of Honor Memorial, The Fisher House, and the Special Forces Charitable Trust in loving memory of Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel, Special Forces.

Learn more about our organization.

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