Vic Wise: Freedom Ruck Founder & Rucker
Russell Wilson’s manager and COO of West2East Empire, Vic started Freedom Ruck nearly six years ago with a vision to create an event that inspired others to express their patriotism and give thanks to our service members. With the help of countless others and of course, his bad ass cousin, Val, they have created something special.
Humbled by the immense support, he hopes to see Freedom Ruck grow by inspiring more people to proudly display their flags, and volunteer with or donate to an organization with which they can relate.
James Lafferty: Friend & Freedom Rucker
James Lafferty, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, has been by Vic's side for the last 4 years and is ready to take on the challenge of Freedom Ruck VI.
As a Marine Corps veteran, Jimm proudly walks with Old Glory, rucking to give back to a cause much larger than himself. Jimm recently started his own home renovation business, but his real passion is working within the veteran community. He is proud to walk with the rest of the Freedom Ruck team and hopes maybe year six will bring normal weather conditions. But fear not, Jimm is ready to walk through whatever blizzards and polar vortexes come their way.
Recently, Jimm married one of Freedom Ruck’s leading wing women, Kelly Reeder. The two are ready to be reunited with the Freedom Ruck family and walk proudly with the flag.
Robert Davies: Friend, Freedom Rucker & Team RWB
Robert lives in Fredericksburg, VA with his wife, son, and daughter. Participating in athletic events with Team RWB is a passion for Robert.
Robert works as a DoD civilian with the United States Marine Corps, working alongside uniformed Marines to buy or build all assets that the ground warriors need to overcome the enemy.
As a Navy veteran himself, Robert participated in the 2015 & 2016 Freedom Ruck to give back to the Navy community and promote patriotism. The 2015 Freedom Ruck event was the first in which Robert carried Old Glory.
Inspired by that 2015 event with Vic, Robert has continued to carry Old Glory more than 2,000 miles in various half and full marathons, ultra marathons, and triathlons.
Mandy McGee: Friend, Freedom Rucker & Team RWB
Mandy McGee of Fredericksburg, Virginia, has participated in Freedom Ruck for the last 3 years. Rucking alongside Vic and friends has become an honored yearly tradition for her, her wife and three kids.
Mandy grew up in a military family with her Father having served in the Vietnam War. Her passion for working with the veteran community drew her to join Team RWB in Fredericksburg and eventually become a Chapter Captain of Team RWB in Fredericksburg with her wife Patricia McGee.
Mandy carries Old Glory for Freedom Ruck to bring awareness to the service of soldiers currently serving for our freedoms and to honor her Dad, for his many years of service. For her, it is a way to display gratitude to all our finest men and women soldiers past, present, and future.
Mandy has been honored to walk in Freedom Ruck amongst some of the most amazing Veterans she has come to know and appreciate for their commitment to military community.
Seth Stoner: Cousin & Freedom Rucker
Seth is a Virginia Tech Army ROTC Civil Engineering Major. This is Seth's third Freedom Ruck.
His first year he rucked 30 miles, second year 60 miles, and for his third ruck this year he's trying for all 100+.
It's an honor to have him with us.
Adam Hahn: Friend and Freedom Rucker
Adam lives in Richmond, VA with his wife, Claire and 2-year old daughter, Georgia, where he works for BB&T Capital Markets.
Adam has long loved both physical challenges and camaraderie. The Freedom Ruck offers him a chance to pursue both while supporting an amazing cause.
Adam met Vic at James Madison University more than 10 years ago and has always admired his outspoken support of our military and their families.
The challenge of walking more than 100 miles with good friends is Adam’s small way of honoring much larger challenge these true patriots have overcome.
Rebecca Cunningham: Friend, Photographer & Team RWB
Rebecca Cunningham is an event, portrait and nature photographer based in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She spends much of her free time providing volunteer photography services for local Veterans Service Organizations. Rebecca describes her prior experiences photographing Freedom Ruck as inspiring, humbling, and intensely rewarding.
The daughter of a hobbyist photographer, Rebecca grew up with a camera in her hands and a penchant for taking pictures of just about everything. Rebecca's passion for storytelling through imagery is shown by her ability to capture spontaneous, candid and meaningful moments.
Rebecca's energy and keen photography eye have helped the East Coast Freedom Ruck team capture and share their journey. Her dedication to creatively documenting every mile of the ruck is much appreciated!
Ben Wise: Brother & Director of Ops
Growing up with Vic as his older brother, Ben has always been driven by Vic’s passion for helping and giving back to others. He has always looked up to Vic not only as his big brother, but as someone who cares so much about everyone besides himself.
Ben served in the U.S. Army with the 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Ben know’s first hand the sacrifices our men and women of the military make in order to protect our nation and its great people.
Freedom Ruck was one of the main reasons Ben decided to join the military, to simply give back to others the way Vic has always done to the people around him.
Jamie Mahoney: Owner of Stone Root Studio & US Army Veteran
Jamie Mahoney, owner of Stone Root Studio, is a US Army veteran who resides in the rolling hills of Central Pennsylvania.
She is a full-time freelance graphic designer, part-time faculty at Pennsylvania College of Technology, and is currently enrolled in Grad School at Marywood University, pursuing a MFA in Illustration. In her free time she loves to create & sculpt with clay, travel, hike, bike, & camp.
Elisabeth Edelman: Friend & Public Relations Support
Elisabeth first met Vic at a Richmond gym many years ago. He was that guy doing all the more intense, slightly crazy workouts.
Fast forward to 2018, and Elisabeth has now supported all five Freedom Rucks with PR support in an effort to share the event’s mission as widely as possible.
Elisabeth owns her own PR firm in Richmond, Golden Word.
Both of her grandfathers were former military, and she has many friends that serve and have served. Every year, she finds Freedom Ruck powerfully moving and personally motivating.
Valerie Reynolds: Vic's Cousin & Social Media Support
Val and Vic mile marker 30 during Vic's first Freedom Ruck in 2014.
Six years ago my cousin, Vic Wise, called me to run an idea by me. He wanted to do a (borderline crazy) physical challenge to say thank you to our servicemen and women (and to inspire others to do the same). He knew he wanted to call it Freedom Ruck, and he wanted to walk 100 miles in under 48 hours. He asked if I would help by lending social media support.
It was just the two of us for about 30 miles during the first Freedom Ruck in 2014. Today, because of his appreciation for those who serve and love for our country, our Freedom Ruck family has grown and inspired us.
Thank you all for following along, for sharing our mission online and via word of mouth, for coming out to shake Vic’s hand, to ruck alongside him, for your financial donations, for your comments and messages of love and encouragement.