In it's 19th year the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon continues to bring stories of triumph. For the first time in San Diego Wear Blue Run to Remember is a group coming to participate in America's Finest City.
Wear Blue Run to Remember builds running communities to honor military service and sacrifice. Lisa Hallett co-founded the non-profit after going through her own loss. Her husband John was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009, just three weeks after Lisa gave birth to their third child, Heidi. She turned to running to help her cope with the loss.
"I turned to the coping mechanism that I had used through out John's military career, running. In a world that was filled with loss and challenges of military life, I found that the community on home soil began to gather together and do weekly runs. And now in communities across the country people Run to Remember every weekend," says Hallett.
Wear Blue Run to Remember has active chapters at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, Springfield, VA,/Washington, D.C., and Fort Bragg, NC. There are dozens of meet-up locations around the country.
On Sunday they will have the Wear Blue Mile about 4.5 miles into the race. Many have proclaimed it "The most powerful mile in running."
"We are creating a tribute mile to fallen solders and we will have tribute posters with the faces, the names, the ages of fallen service members important to the members of this community followed by full size American flags," says Hallett.
Hallett never imagined that Wear Blue would get to this size. It is all about doing the right thing, at the right time, for the right people.
"It is such a gift that men like my husband, who gave everything, can continue to inspire and have a really meaningful impact on thousands of runners across the country," says Hallett.