VR September 25-27, 2021: Gold Star Honor Run

We had 84 participants register for the MarineParents.com 2021 Gold Star Honor Run. Scroll below to see their photos, finish times, and distances.

VR September 25-27, 2021: Gold Star Honor Run

Virtual Run by Marine Parents

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Tanya Fell

walk: 1 mile in 48 minutes

9/27/2021
I am focused on getting in shape for my son who is currently going through boot camp in San Diego. I have lost 50 pounds this summer (you can see that my pants barley stay up) and have been walking well over 10,000 steps a day. When I started I could barely do 1,500!!


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Martha Maxey

Walk: 5k in 01:03;18

9/26/2021
My friends and I walked the 5K in the local park. A man was there flying a US flag as a kite. He and others asked what we were doing so we explained our purpose. My friends have been extremely supportive of the Marines since my son Andrew joined, but especially since he passed away last December. I could not be more proud of him and the man he became as a Marine. I will always be a proud Marine Mom.


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Laura Chittum

Walk: 5K in 01:15:00

9/26/2021
❤ Gold Star Families 🌟 Forever in My Heart


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Peggy Bishop

Run: 5k in 30:15

9/25/2021
I ran for my son who is currently at ITX training and LOVING it! He hasn't had the best time at his PDS ( mostly because they aren't busy) but he's working up for his D and I couldn't be more happy for him! ❤🤍💙


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Susan Goulden

Walk: 10K in 04:50:35

9/27/2021
I did this over a 3 day period at my gym on the treadmill.


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Becky Wilson

Run: 5K in 00.44:32

9/27/2021


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Cindy Blagburn

Walk: 5K in 50:00

9/25/2021
A nice walk reflecting on the Gold Star families; especially the 13 families of our recent fallen servicemen.


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Jacqueline Garcia

Walk: 5K in 00:58:36

9/26/2021
Marine Mom


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Connie Galbraith

Run: 5k in 00:38:58

9/27/2021
Thank you Gold Star families.


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Teresa Cochran

Walk: 5k in 1:01:41

9/26/2021


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Christopher Galvan

Walk: 5K in 01:00:12

9/27/2021
I dedicated this walk in honor of all the Gold Star families whose Marines gave their lives for our freedom. Semper Fidelis.


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Chris Villegas

Run: 3.5 miles in 37minutes

9/26/2021
I ran 14 laps around our local school track for a total of 3.5 miles. I carried a name with me for each of the first 13 laps. These names were of each one that we lost in August during the Afghanistan exit. I ran one lap for each while holding their name. I ran the 14th lap with a USMC flag to support our men and women currently serving.


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Sandra Cristal

Walk/hike: 5 miles in 1:26.15

9/27/2021
I’ve been more motivated to keep moving since my son went to boot camp in July. I am so proud to be part of the Marine family.


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Priscilla Patra Pittman

Walk: 10K in 5hrs:34 MM;29SS

9/26/2021
The walk was inspired by My Son's journey ADRIAN to the Marines & my promise to him to stay healthy & active. As a single Mom life can be hard but in it is the Silver lining, HOPE, willingness to remember those who fight/have fought for OUR FREEDOM & their selfless sacrifices ...SEMPER Fi 💕


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Brandy Niccolai-Belfi

Run/Walk: 10K in 01:53:00

9/26/2021
A 10k to honor Gold Star families and dedicated to my friend, Kayla Richie's, recruit Elijah who will earn the title of Marine at the end of October.


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Naomi Burchi

Walk/run: 5k in 01:04

9/25/2021
My son Joe W. is currently a recruit in 3rd Battalion Kilo Co. 3234, one of my bonus sons is a Corporal Marine, and another bonus son is a retired Marine. I chose to start participating in this to honor the families who have supported and who have lost their Marines.


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Alicia Hesser

Walk: 5k in 53:14:00

9/24/2021


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Amy OConnell

Hike -- Mt Washington, New Hampshire: 6,288 Ft in 06:00:00

9/26/2021
To all Gold Star Families: You are in our prayers and we are eternally grateful for your Hero's ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. You have our greatest respect. May God Bless you, your families, and friends. Honor. Respect. Remember Always.


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Dale Pesek

Hike: 8 miles 3000 feet elevation change in 03:45:00

9/25/2021
Great day and great weather to get out into the Northern Cascades!! And a great way to show gratitude for the freedom to do so :-)


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Jeanie Jacobs Huffman

Run/walk: 8K in 67.22

9/26/2021
Daughter of CDR Jacobs MIA 1967 and proud mother of LCPL stationed at Camp Pendleton. I am honored to participate in this event for Gold Star families, as well as supporting our military families the give us our freedom. Ooorah!


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TMP Erika Devenney

Run: 5k in 00:26:14

9/26/2021
I ran the Aortic Health 5k this morning while wearing my Team Marine Parents singlet. So proud to support one cause while honoring another.


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Susan King

Walk: 5K in 01:14:21

9/26/2021
I am a Proud MoM and want to do more to show my support for our Marines and their families. This is my first virtual run (walk) and I was so thrilled to be able to complete since dealing with medical issues. I had support from my equine along the way. 😊 (Forgive my BIB as my printer went out). Oooorah! Semper Fi!🇺🇸🦅🌎⚓️


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Kayla Richie

Walk: 10K in 01:55:37

9/26/2021
My inspiration for completing this was my Recruit son who is currently working hard at MCRD San Diego. And to honor the most recent Gold Star families from the Afghanistan bombing.


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Lorelei McGrew

Run: 5 Miles in 01:00:33

9/26/2021
I am so grateful to the brave men and women that choose to defend our freedom. God bless America!


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Michelle Rodriguez

Run: 10K in 59:46

9/26/2021
I hadn’t run in months so I wasn’t going to sign up for this event…but then Kabul happened and it reminded me of how much so many have sacrificed. It reminded me of the death notification I had to make for Master Sgt. Gregory T. Kuhse in 2015 when his helicopter crashed in Afghanistan. It reminded me of the death notification my husband had to make in 2006 for his friend and fellow Marine Cpl Christopher Esckelson who was shot during a gunfight in Iraq. It reminded me that I owe so much to so many. I’m stationed overseas so I didn’t have time to get the shirt or the medal (they’re on their way and I’ll wear them with honor and pride!), so instead I wore a shirt from the annual A1C Cuddeback 5K that I’ve participated in over the years. A1C Cuddeback wasn’t supposed to work on March 2, 2011, but they needed him to go pick some Security Forces members up at the Frankfurt Airport so they could return to Ramstein Air Base and move on to Afghanistan. Unfortunately, a terrorist boarded the bus opening fire, killing Zachary Cuddeback and Senior Airman Nicholas Alden, and seriously injuring two more. That was the first 9/11-related terrorist attack in Germany. So, today I run for A1C Cuddeback, MSgt Kuhse, Cpl Esckelson, the 13 from aiding in a humanitarian evacuation in Kabul, and the thousands more whom I’m forever indebted to…and to their families and loved ones.


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Kristin Kay Resch

Swim: 2 Miles in 01:16:35

9/25/2021


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Michelle Bihler

run: 5k in 35:58:00

9/25/2021
I started running when my son went to boot camp in June. It’s been a great way to ease my anxieties and calm my soul. I have been trying to find events to enter so I can do something meaningful with my runs. When I saw the opportunity to honor our gold star families I was all in! I prayed for them on my run today. I want them to know, “You are never alone!”


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Laurie Smith

run/walk: 2 miles in 00:55:19

9/24/2021
It was a privilege to be able to honor Gold Star Families by participating In the virtual run this year. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity. I will continue to lift the families up in prayer.


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Lynne Underwood

Run/bike/swim: 5K in 00:48:27

9/25/2021
Honoring my brother-in-law, CW5 Art Laguna, who left his blood and our treasure in Iraq along with all those he left behind.


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Tana Lusty

Run/Walk: 5k in 53 minutes

9/25/2021
Running in honor of the families of the fallen. May their sacrifices never be forgotten.


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Jennifer Mancinelli

Run: 5K in 00:32:44

9/25/2021
My son, currently serving on active duty overseas, is my inspiration to run!


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Christa Hollis

Run/walk: 5K in 40:52

9/25/2021
I would say my inspiration started with my father who served in the Marine Corps and continues through my son (who is the spitting image of him in many ways) who currently serves in the Corps. Today I run for those we have lost. The families of Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice. During my run, I thought of them and the 13 most recently - gone too soon! From the bottom of my heart- much love to the Gold Star Families. May God bless you all- Semper Fi!


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Sherri Trinler

Run: 5K in 42:23

9/25/2021
I ran for all of our Gold Star Families who sacrificed so much for all of us. It was very humbling to think about their courage. I also had a renewed appreciation for our Marine Corps and especially for my Marine. Semper Fi!


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Eric Eckles

walk: 5k in 00:57:22

9/24/2021
My son is at MCRD San Diego, 2nd BTN, Fox Co. I had a hip replacement in April of this year. I have been working out in solidarity with him. I can't run yet, but this is a good start. Thank you Marine Parents for all you do!


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