I've been long distance running since 2012 and participated in lots of great events. This is my first ever Run for the Fallen to honor all the Virginians who have lost their lives as a result of the War on Terror. Being active duty Air Force for 16 years now, I understand the sacrifice it plays on all of our friends and families. However none of it compares to the sacrifice some have given with their lives! We run to honor them, remember them, and show their families we won't forget they paid the ultimate sacrifice. It's truly an honor to compete w these other athletes!