I am somewhat new to the family, but I love wear blue already. Running was something my husband, James, and I did together. James loved the challenge of doing something different, and I went along for the ride because I loved him and it kept me in-shape. When he was killed in 2013, I lost my interest in running; I no longer wanted to do it without my partner.
I never imagined being in this moment, training for my first full marathon. I wasn’t always a runner. When I first came to wear blue, I struggled to complete one lap around the track. On 23 August 2010, my husband, SGT Brandon Maggart died of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using indirect fire.
This Sunday is a wear blue race day. I love wear blue race days… the energy. The purpose. The impact. And I get to meet so many amazing people! Over 40 runners are tackling the inaugural Rock’n’Roll Raleigh Marathon and Half-Marathon, and over 50 volunteers will be a part of the wear blue Mile, bearing American flags in honor and remembrance of America’s fallen service members. We are a people who understand and appreciate the incredible service and sacrifice of the American military.