The founding Valor Run was in October 2014. It began in Chesapeake, VA on Oct. 12 and ended in Arlington, VA on Oct. 18. Nancy Lacore ran 25 miles each day, completing the final 10 miles a route from the Pentagon to the Women's Memorial at the foot of Arlington National Cemetery. 160 runners and walkers joined Nancy for the final 1/4 mile of the run. This event raised more than $33,000 for two nonprofit organizations, the Women's Memorial and the Combat Wounded Coalition (formerly Wounded Wear). Valor Run, Inc. developed out of this run.
*since that run, the number of women killed during combat operations in Iraq or Afghanistan was confirmed at 161
Bridget Guerrero began her 160 mile tribute run on July 23, 2015 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and finished on July 26 near JB Lewis-McChord. Bridget approached Valor Run after reading about the founding run in her college newsletter (Nancy and Bridget were classmates). A seasoned ultra-runner, Bridget completed 40 miles a day and raised more than $6,000 for Valor Run, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
Courtney Johnson began her five day 161 mile tribute run at NAS Oceana and completed it at the Women's Memorial in Arlington, VA. One week post deployment, Courtney kicked off her run with her promotion. She raised funds for Valor Run and Snowball Express.
"Our physical suffering during a run of this length is nothing compared to the ultimate sacrifice made by these amazing ladies that we will memorialize with this run. It will certainly be the most meaningful run I have ever participated in."~ Michelle
Our first team run, Maggie and Michelle ran from Los Angeles to San Diego over four days beginning on February 25, 2016. Bridget's run in Seattle inspired this experienced ultra running duo to run 40 miles a day. They raised more than $9,000 for Valor Run, with a portion of the proceeds going to Team Red White & Blue (San Diego Chapter).