Valor Run NW
Valor Knows No Gender
1 Runner, 4 Days, 40 miles/day
“The spirit of remembrance for our veterans doesn’t feel as pervasive here as it feels in the military areas in which we’ve lived. I felt a really strong calling to bring awareness to the numbers of women (and men) who have died serving our nation. This is the best way I knew to do it.”
From 23-26 July, 2015, Marine Corps veteran Bridget Guerrero will run a mile around the Puget Sound for every female servicewoman who has died during the Global War on Terror. The total distance to be covered in 4 days is 160 miles. Bridget is running in support of an organization called The Valor Run (www.valorrun.org), which was started by a Holy Cross college colleague, Captain Nancy Stewart Lacore, USN. Nancy came up with the idea of running a mile for every woman lost while serving in Afghanistan during 2011-12, and completed her “Valor Run” in October, 2014, running from Norfolk, VA to Washington, DC.
Bridget Guerrero served in the United States Marine Corps as a Communications and Intelligence Officer for more than 13 years. She also served as a Senior Intelligence Analyst in the Infrastructure Analysis Division of the Department of Homeland Security, specializing in current intelligence threat analysis. Ms. Guerrero has extensive experience working with asylum seeking/refugee populations in Eastern Europe and Asia, as well as nonprofit management and support experience with US based social justice agencies.
Bridget’s run starts at the Naval PBY Museum (http://pbymf.org) in Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island at 8:30 on Thursday, 23 July. She’ll run 40 miles a day; heading north through Deception pass, east and south to LaConner, and then south through Everett, Seattle and Tacoma. The event will end at the DuPont Powderworks Park, southwest of Joint Base Lewis McChord.
Proceeds from the event will be donated from the Valor Run to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, to fund a scholarship in memory of Major Megan McClung, USMC, who lost her life in Ramadi, Iraq, on December 6, 2006, when the vehicle she was driving in was struck by an improvised explosive device.