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by Jim Dresbach, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall - November 10, 2014

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ARLINGTON, Va. - Navy Reserve Capt. Nancy Lacore's final two days of the 160-mile Valor Run were both the easiest and the hardest miles of her six-day trek to honor the 160 service women killed in Afghanistan and Iraq during the war on terror. The cross-state run commenced in Chesapeake, Va., and each mile represented a fallen U.S. uniformed female lost in battle during the past 13 years.

Flanked by daughter Evelyn, husband Pat and daughter Lillian, Valor Run lead runner Navy Reserve Capt. Nancy Lacore walks the final third of a mile of the 160-mile run from Memorial Bridge to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial the morning of Oct. 18, 2014. (JBM-HH PAO photo by Jim Dresbach)
Flanked by daughter Evelyn, husband Pat and daughter Lillian, Valor Run lead runner Navy Reserve Capt. Nancy Lacore walks the final third of a mile of the 160-mile run from Memorial Bridge to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial the morning of Oct. 18, 2014. (JBM-HH PAO photo by Jim Dresbach)

“I'm feeling much better than I did yesterday (Oct. 17, 2014),” said Lacore. “I found my wall on Friday, but I woke up today and felt like a different person. Plus, I knew all these people were waiting for me.”

Hundreds of followers joined Lacore and her family in a symbolic walk during the final third of a mile from the Virginia side of the Memorial Bridge to the Women's Memorial Plaza, where she was greeted with accolades and cake.

During the final segment of her multi-day run, Lacore started in the Pentagon parking lot and ran a District of Columbia 10-miler concluding at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial near the gates of Arlington National Cemetery.

Greeting Lacore at the base of the memorial pool were retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught, Women's Memorial Foundation Board of Directors president, and Vice Adm. Robin R. Braun, Chief of Navy Reserve, Commander, Navy Reserve Force.

“What a wonderful idea to pay tribute to these 160 women who gave so much to our nation,” Braun told the crowd. “Nancy, I know this has been an all-out effort from your family and your friends.”

The run took Lacore and her entourage - many who joined in the daily pacings - through historic sites such as Williamsburg and northern Virginia's Quantico Marine Corps Base. But the adrenaline reached new heights with the sight of the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and Memorial Drive.

“What a journey,” Lacore told the gathering. “It took my breath away when I saw this crowd of people.”

Lacore averaged 25 miles a day during the excursion.

By Jim Dresbach
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
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