Running to remember the fallen

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Kimberly Spalsbury carries the American Flag during a six mile run on Jan. 26 with wear blue: run to remember.

Kimberly Spalsbury carries the American Flag during a six mile run on Jan. 26 with wear blue: run to remember.

Over 200 runners descended upon DuPont’s Powderworks Park Saturday morning to show support for the family, friends and colleagues of  Army 1st Lt. Sean R. Jacobs and Army Sgt. John E. Hansen, and other service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

Saturday, January 26 marked the six month anniversary of the deaths of Sgt. Hansen and Lt. Jacobs. They were killed in action on July 26, 2012 in Khakrez, Afghanistan from wounds caused by an improvised explosive device. Organizers with wear blue: run to remember dedicated a three and six mile run for the fallen soldiers. After a moment of silence, the names of the fallen were shared by friends and family members. Then, shortly after 9 a.m., a sea of blue runners took to the streets and trails of DuPont, becoming a living memorial for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“Our mission is to never forget the fallen, never forget the sacrifices our soldiers and military families make. That’s why we run. We run to remember,” said wear blue: run to remember JBLM Chapter co-president Curtis Brake.

The  non-profit organization is getting ready to train for its fourth Seattle Rock-n-Roll Marathon, set for June 22, 2013.

“We invite anyone who wants to train for a marathon or half marathon and represent wear blue to join us,” said Brake.

Training begins February 23. The runners meet weekly at DuPont’s Powderworks Park on Saturday, at 9 a.m.

“Even if you can’t run but want to participate, we always need volunteers to either hold an American flag  in the wear blue mile of the Seattle Rock-n-Roll Marathon or fill water cups,” he said.

The wear blue running community serves as a support network for those preparing for a deployment, living through a deployment, recovering from a deployment and healing from loss sustained during a deployment.

Founded in 2009 by co-founder Lisa Hallett, wear blue: run to remember is a global running community represented in 50 states and 12 countries.

If you want to join wear blue: run to remember at the Seattle Rock-n-Roll Marathon, either by running or volunteering, please visit wear blue’s website.

If you’re not ready for a marathon, but just want to support military families and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, feel free to join wear blue every Saturday at 9 a.m. at DuPont Powderworks Park. Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages are welcome.



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