Wear Blue: run to remember

What is wear blue run to remember?

wear blue: run to remember is a national nonprofit running community that honors the service and sacrifice of the American Military. We create a support network for military members and their families, bridge the gap between military and civilian communities and create a living memorial for our country’s fallen military members. wear blue: run to remember exists for the fallen, for the fighting and for the families.

Weekly, wear blue athletes meet to honor the fallen and train. At the start of their run, the names of the fallen are called out in a Circle of Remembrance. Then, wear blue runners call out the names of those for whom they personally run – their husbands, wives, children, parents, siblings, battle buddies, neighbors and/or friends.

At official wear blue events, American flags are lined along the race course to honor the Fallen, a tribute called the wear blue mile. Placed in front of these flags are large posters with photographs of the Fallen. The wear blue mile humanizes the ultimate sacrifice made by these American Heroes.

wear blue: run to remember has an active chapter at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (WA) and Fort Bragg (NC). Additionally, there several meet-up locations around the country. wear blue is an all-inclusive community in which participants are never asked to raise money to run.

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What is the meaning behind the color blue?

wear blue: run to remember was founded following the redeployment of 5-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, a unit that, while deployed to Afghanistan, sustained significant casualties. During that deployment, a small group of wives and supporting brigade staff met weekly to run, seeking to create a support network for one another during this challenging and heartbreaking deployment.

To recognize one another and show unit support, the runners were encouraged to wear the unit physical training shirt, which was blue in color and bore the unit’s crest and mascot.  As the organization grew, the first official shirts were designed, staying connected to the original blue color.  Blue further highlights the organization’s fierce pride in its nation, as one of the colors that flies proudly in our American flag

How can people get involved with wear blue?

Getting involved with wear blue is as simple as putting on a blue shirt, pausing to remember the fallen, and making the steps of your run purposeful. When we run in blue we remind our streets, our neighborhoods, our communities, our world… that freedom is NOT free.  And we honor these service members.

If you live near a wear blue chapter or meet-up, join for a Saturday morning run!  wear blue activities are always at no cost to participants.  Information can be found at www.wearblueruntoremember.org or at the wear blue: run to remember’s Facebook page.

You can also join us at races across the country, including the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon & 1/2 Marathon presented by CareFirst. Come run with us, volunteer on the course at the wear blue mile, or just put on your blue shirt and come cheer us on!

For more information on wear blue: run to remember, visit their website at http://www.wearblueruntoremember.org/.

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