BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Oct. 9, 2014) - She’s always been a runner, but she’s never done a run quite like this.
This weekend, Indiana University graduate student Tricia Oxford will join a Navy captain in Virginia to run 160 miles in 160 hours to honor the 160 American women who have died serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It’s called “Valor Knows No Gender: A Run to Remember.”
“The whole cause is to bring awareness and let people know that the ultimate sacrifice is not easy for… their families,” said Oxford, who comes from a military family.
Tricia’s brother served in Afghanistan, and her father and mother met while both were serving in the military.
“I think it kind of hits home for her,” said Oxford of her mother. “She's been very supportive of everything and making sure I’m doing what I can to get myself ready for it.”
Oxford will be running with a friend from Virginia who came up with the idea, Capt. Nancy Lacore of the U.S. Navy Reserves.
“There's so few of them in respect to how many men we've lost in the war, but yet the service and the sacrifice is just equally as important as those of the males,” said Lacore, who served for the Navy in Afghanistan. “(We’re) putting focus on it and calling attention to the great sacrifices that other women have made for our country.”
“She came in and told me her idea (for the run), and I said you know, that’s about six marathons in six days!” said Oxford. “I think it’s going to be a very psychologically, physically and emotionally demanding thing… I’m just ready to get started.”
The run will start Sunday and end on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, VA. Other runners will be joining them along the way to raise money for the memorial, and for Wounded Wear, a Virginia based organization that distributes clothing specially made for wounded veterans.
To donate or learn more about the run, you can get more information on the organization's web site.
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