Wear Blue: Run to Remember WEAR BLUE MILE VOLUNTEERS

Please read below and see how you can honor the sacrifice of our American heroes at this year's Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon. 

My name is Kandi Newkirk, and I am the Director of Race Operations for wear blue:run to remember

We are looking for volunteers to build a tribute mile to fallen service members at the Marine Corps Historic Half-Marathon. I am in need of 100 volunteers to ensure that each of our highlighted heroes are honored. I am hoping you and your runners can help me achieve this goal. This will be our third year on the course.

wear blue: run to remember is a running organization that runs to honor the service and sacrifice of the American military. Our running community unites and supports military and their families, veterans, Gold Star families and civilians through active remembrance and meaningful relationships. We motivate and empower individuals to healthier, more inspired living.

One of the ways we honor the sacrifice of our heroes is through our wear blue Mile. wear blue is building a tribute to fallen military heroes on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Marine Corps Historic Half. While we have running communities who gather across the country on a weekly basis, this tribute, the wear blue Mile, is one of our most visible and inspiring efforts.

The wear blue Mile is comprised of two parts: (1) the Faces of the Fallen posters and (2) American flags (each draped with a black ribbon, bearing the name of a fallen military member) held by volunteers. On race day, volunteers, often fellow military or families of the fallen service members, line a mile of the course to hold large American flags with the names of the fallen service members embroidered onto ribbons attached to each flag. Leading up to the flags, posters are displayed with the photograph and name of each fallen military member whose flags are being held. This wear blue Mile is a moving tribute to honor and humanize those who gave their lives for this country.

We are asking for volunteers to serve on our wear blue Mile at the upcoming Marine Corps Historic Half on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Attached you will find the electronic version of our flyer detailing information for our volunteers.  Light refreshments will be provided, and volunteers can expect to serve until 10:30am. 

Please have all volunteers register online at the following link:

Once registered, volunteers will receive specific information race week as a follow up. We sincerely appreciate your assistance in securing volunteers for a strong and robust Mile honoring our heroes. 

I appreciate any assistance you can offer in helping us reach our goal to create a meaningful wear blue Mile for the runners and volunteers. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. 


Kandi R. Newkirk
wear blue: run to remember
Director of Race Operations

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