“If it’s something you feel passionate about, your body can do it,” according to Marine Corps Capt. Maggie Seymour. While reeat’s easy for an experienced runner to say, 161 is a daunting number of miles to run.
As part of the nonprofit, Valor Run, Seymour will be doing just that: running one mile for each of the 161 women who gave their lives during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan over four consecutive days.
On Feb. 25, she will kick off the run alongside newly commissioned Navy Lt. Michelle Gosselin. And friends of both Gosselin and Seymour will participate and support them along the way.
In order to prepare for the race, Seymour said she does back-to-back workouts, paired with crossfit and yoga.
The route will go all the way from Los Angeles to San Diego. Of the length, Seymour suggested that this race is for people who have a history with distance.
“I’ve done distance. I don’t think it’s an event you can pick and just train for. I think you have to have a pretty strong lead already,” she said.
Seymour said the Valor Run has three main objectives.
The first is financial. Through the run, Valor Run will raise money for the organization, Team Red, White, & Blue, and will also establish a scholarship fund for children of service members.
The other two goals are more about the people. Seymour wants to show the families of the fallen that their service members are and will always be remembered. She also wants to raise awareness of the significance of women in combat and highlight for civilians that women are actually playing an integral role in the military — as much as their male counterparts
Navy Capt. Nancy Lacore was the first person to run the race in October 2014. She used the run to raise $33,000 for charity. Bridget Guerrero, a former Marine Corps major, became the second to complete the race in July 2015.
As for anyone interested in running a Valor Run race, Seymour said, “don’t be intimidated by the distance.”
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Congress fell short ahead of Memorial Day weekend, failing to pass legislation that would provide tax relief for the families of military personnel killed during their service.
Senators unanimously approved a version of the bipartisan Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act Tuesday sending it back to the House of Representatives, where it was tied to a retirement savings bill as an amendment, and passed Thursday.
When it got back to the Senate, the larger piece of legislation failed to pass and make its way to the President Trump's desk.
Two airmen were administratively punished for drinking at the missile launch control center for 150 nuclear LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, the Air Force confirmed to Task & Purpose on Friday.
Two F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters recently flew a mission in the Middle East in "beast mode," meaning they were loaded up with as much firepower as they could carry.
The F-35s with the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron took off from Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates to execute a mission in support of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Air Forces Central Command revealed. The fifth-generation fighters sacrificed their high-end stealth to fly with a full loadout of weaponry on their wings.
The U.S. Senate closed out the week before Memorial Day by confirming Gen. James McConville as the Army's new chief of staff and Adm. Bill Moran as the Navy's new chief of naval operations.
McConville, previously vice chief of staff of the Army, was confirmed on Thursday along with his successor, Lt Gen. Joseph Marin. Moran, currently vice chief of naval operations, was confirmed Friday along with his successor, Vice Adm. Robert Burke.