For as long as this country has been fighting wars, at home or abroad, women have been injured and killed in combat zones. Valor Run honors those women, now 161, who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the families they left behind.
The founding Valor Run was a personal tribute run by Nancy Lacore, a U.S. Navy Captain, in 2014. Having served in Afghanistan from 2011-2012, she decided to run one mile for every woman killed supporting combat operations in the Global War on Terror (at the time 160). She ran 160 miles in 160 hours (6 1/2 days) in October 2014. This inaugural Valor Run brought the sacrifice of our women warriors to the forefront of American minds and raised over $33,000 for two nonprofit organizations: the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation (which keeps alive the memory of the fallen women) and the Combat Wounded Coalition (which serves families of the fallen and combat wounded).
After the inaugural run in 2014, the organization was established as a non-profit. Valor Run, Inc. sponsors running events to honor the women who served during GWOT. Proceeds above operating costs are applied to an endowment for a recurring scholarship, awarded for the first time in 2016.
Maggie Seymour is an 11 year veteran of the US Marine Corps and a lifelong runner. She has deployed three times as an intelligence officer to the Middle East. As part of her transition off active duty she ran from San Diego to Virginia Beach over 99 days to support veterans, gold star families, and special needs athletes. As an AmeriCorps VISTA member she serves on the development team of Reading Partners South Carolina, a childhood literacy non-profit and is active in a number of other community organizations. She is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Norwich University, and Old Dominion University.
Moira McCarthy has 25 years of service in the Navy and is a member of the Florida Bar. Her love of running can be traced back to the first time her Dad asked her "How fast can you go?" Over the years she has run competitively and just for the sheer joy of running; she has also coached cross-country and track. A native Bostonian, Moira is a graduate of California Western School of Law and George Washington University. She previously served on the Board of Directors for TR Dance and volunteered extensively with the Governor's School for the Arts, the St. Patrick Catholic School and Boy Scout Troop 24.
Chair & Treasurer,
Board of Directors
Nancy Lacore has over 25 years of service in the Navy. She was commissioned into the Navy from the NROTC program at the College of the Holy Cross and was designated a helicopter pilot. In 2011, she deployed to Afghanistan. Nancy has significant international experience in advancing the role of women in security and defense. She currently serves on as Chair of the Board of Directors for Combat Wounded Coalition. Nancy has been an avid runner since middle school and a middle school track coach. She is married to an active duty helicopter pilot and they have six children.
Secretary, Board of Directors
Joe Waite retired from the U.S. Navy as a Human Resources Officer and currently works as a federal employee for the Department of Defense. He grew up outside Boston and while at The College of the Holy Cross was a Track and Field athlete. Over the years he has been a USATF High School Official and long-time runner; he has also coached and played a variety of sports. Along with Valor Run he is on the Board of Directors for another non-profit, Azalea Charities, ensuring he maintains awareness of, and gives back to, the military community. Joe is married and the father of two girls.
Member, Board of Directors
Cynthia Corliss is an enthusiastic health advocate. An active mother of five, she is dedicated to the health and well-being of her family and community. She lives in Suffolk, VA and works as the Director of Marketing for Cornerstone Private Practice, where her husband is a physician delivering specialized preventative care. She also serves on the board of the Suffolk Family YMCA. Although not in the military, she is grateful for those who serve, including her brother in law a Navy SEAL, who safely returned from several missions in the middle-east.