Friday, May 30, 2014

Went to a Zombie Race and a Military Mud Run Broke Out

Be Crazier Than the Zombies
Earlier this month, my wife and I took part in something called Zombie Race Long Island, an event I participated in last year during the height of the zombie apocalypse craze. The course is set on a beautiful combination of woodlands, farmland and beachfront that also included some steep hills, barricades, water holes and large, military-style obstacles. In fact, with a big help from the local U.S. Marine Corps recruitment center and the boot-camp type terrain they helped develop, the Zombies were the least of our concern.

They're Zombies 'Cause They're Too Slow to Race
This year's run was far more challenging than last year, with less zombies but more obstacles. Since I ran in a much earlier heat, there were also a lot more runners which caused quite a wait at some of the challenges, especially the military rope wall that I climbed despite a sprained wrist. My wife, Marjie, running her first event of this kind, did a tremendous job getting through the obstacles and looked quite fetching in all that mud!

A Couple of Tough Mudders
The zombie part of the race consists mostly of young people covered in blood chasing after and grabbing racer's flags, the same as those worn in a game of flag football. The rest of the run is essentially a tough mudder 5K, with obstacles that require you to climb over or crawl under various apparatus, some as tall as 30 feet. There's also a lot of trudging through very cold water and lots and lots of mud!

Fortunately, I had my Rothco Camo Tank Top to keep me concealed in the woods, my Rothco Army Physical Training Shorts and Rothco G I Sock Liners which dried quickly after going through those water holes and my Rothco ID/iPod Armband to keep my iPhone dry when I wasn't using it to take pictures along the course.

The Muddy End!!
The Marine Corps Brought a Little Something to Play With
Overall it was a grueling but very fun experience. Along the way I discovered the key to beating the zombies - scream loudly and run right at them!! Since I was much larger than most of the kids in the playing the zombie role, they tended to get out of my way. Unfortunately I lost my last flag to a rather sneaky zombie who was dressed like one of the racers. I can't imagine that a real zombie would be quite so cagey.

If there's a mud run or zombie race in your neck of the woods (pun intended), I highly recommend you jump in with both feet! Just make sure you wear a pair of running shoes you're willing to discard afterwards.

Happy racing and beat those zombies!

John Ottaviano
Another of Numerous Obstacles
Piece of Cake
Rope-Assisted Mud Bath

Some Great Makeup Jobs
Zombie Flag Football!\
A Dentist's Dream!
Just Before the Mud Bath

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Trust In Rothco Winner Announced

Earlier this year Rothco asked our dealers to tell us why the Trust In Rothco, the amount of positive responses we received was overwhelming and very hard choose from! After days of deliberation we finally did choose a winner and we are happy to announce the winner of the Trust in Rothco Contest as Irving Frank of Portsmouth Armie-Navie Store, Portsmouth VA. 

Everyone here at Rothco would like to thank all those who participated in the contest, it was not easy to choose a winner and all of the testimonials can be found at and if you follow us on twitter & facebook, I am sure you have seen a few posted throughout social media with the hashtag #trustinrothco. Below you will find the the testimonial from Irving of Portsmouth Armie-Navie Store. 

"It started in the late 1950’s on the Lower East side when my father, Joe Frank, would go to New York buying and visit Morris Rothenberg & Son. There was no UPS or internet. Milton Somberg would allow my father to pick thru the used army boots and pack them himself in such a manner that he could tell if any boots had been changed. Later, on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, I remember going to the warehouse with my father and starting to learn the business. We would also go to a Mets baseball game. Milton was the cordial, mild mannered, always honest leader than has continued to this day.  

The move to Long Island followed as Rothco grew which was followed by their first computer system, installed to eliminate Howard’s illegible handwriting as much as it was forward thinking towards the technology. As Rothco grew throughout the years, so has their product offering. The catalogue has grown to the point that I could fill almost every important military and outdoor product offering from the Rothco catalogue.  This type of growth usually creates an impersonal company that is all about the “bottom line”. Not at Rothco.

Today, Rothco has evolved into, without question, the most efficient, most in stock, fastest shipping vendor I deal with. Like all businesses, they are not perfect. But problems are resolved quickly and to the satisfaction of all involved. 

Early one January 35-40 years ago, I was hesitant to order more winter gear.  Milton’s answer was “there is life after Christmas”. That is a statement I never forget. Today, I consider the Somberg family to be both business partners and personal friends. Milton, Howard, and Marc, of Blessed Memory, have been pioneers in our industry and set the  “Standard of Excellence” all of us should strive to achieve." 

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Tuesdays have become a special day on our Social Media Pages, each week  Rothco takes to our pages like Facebook & Instagram to highlight some of our great tactical gear on a day we like to call #TacticalTuesday

If you don't follow us now, I encourage you to do so. It's your chance to see the latest and greatest tactical gear we have to offer in a whole new light or should I say filter

We also encourage you to join in on the trend and post/tweet your favorite
#Tactical items from Rothco

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Rothco By The Numbers for April 2014

Each month Rothco highlights some interesting facts & stats about our company. Like did you know in the month of April we sold over 13,000 rain ponchos, I guess April showers bring a lot of ponchos, I wonder what May will bring! Find out more cool facts below. 

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Friday, May 09, 2014

National Military Appreciation Month

Did you know the month of May is National Military Appreciation Month

The month honors over 90 million Americans and over 230 years of our nation history by recognizing all those who are and have served in the branches of the military and their families. 

The month recognizes several special days including:
-  Loyalty Day: Celebrated on May 1st, the day honors our allegiance to the United States and pay tribute to the heritage of American freedom.
Poster via Defense.Gov
-  VE Day: On May 8th 1945, the United States & Great Britain celebrated Victory in Europe and the defeat of the Nazi regime. 

- Military Spouse Appreciation Day: This year the day will take place May 9th and is celebrated the Friday before Mother's Day. The day is meant to acknowledge the significant contributions, support and sacrifices the spouses of the Armed Forces.  

- Armed Forces Day: Celebrates the unification of the Armed Forces under one department. And President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our Military for their patriotic service in support of our country. 

- Memorial Day: A day in which we remember and honor all the men & women who gave the ultimate sacrifice 
for our country. For more information on Memorial Day and how you can obverse this day, read up on one of our past blog posts from a guest blogger we had from the Veterans United Network entitled Memorial Day: Recap and Remembrance

Thank you to all our heroes and everything you do for this country. 

Source of info via NMAN.  

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Monday, May 05, 2014

Rothco Is Real Military

Nothing is cooler than seeing an order about to be processed and finding out it is going to the men & women of our military. Since 1953 Rothco has served the military market in one way or another. 

From the Army to the Coast Guard Rothco gear has been used by every branch of our military. From our new Softshell Operator Cap which was shipped off to Fort Drum back in January or our 3 Color Camo Face Paint which was used by the US Air Force, #RothcoIsRealMilitary. 

This winter will go down in the record books as one of the coldest in recent history and the men and women of our armed forces relied on Rothco to stay warm with essential 
cold weather gear from Rothco, including our ECWCS Poly Pro Shirt, Rothco's US Wool Blanket, and our GI Wool Watch Cap just to name a few. 

Rothco gear does not just stop at cold weather gear, this past year items like our GI Type Military Rip-Stop Poncho was used by US Navy and our Medium Alice Pack was sent to the Air Force, the list of items goes on & on.

To keep track of all the cool gear that is sent to the military be sure to follow the hashtag #RothcoIsRealMilitary. 

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