AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast

Family Voices: Wear Blue: Run to Remember

August 17, 2020

How does wearing blue support our Army? Gold Star spouse, Lisa Hallett, started running as a coping mechanism after her husband John was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. Other surviving spouses joined her, wearing their fallen service members’ blue PT shirts during their first runs. The support system they built evolved into Wear Blue: Run to Remember, a nonprofit running community that honors the service and sacrifice of the American military. They run as a living tribute to the fallen, the fighting and the families of the U.S. military. Lisa and her colleague Dave Leach, join us today to discuss the background of the organization, their pivot to virtual races during the pandemic, and how supporters from both military and civilian communities can get involved. Recommendations for future topics are welcome via email at



  • Lisa Hallett, President & Co-Founder, Wear Blue: Run to Remember
  • Dave Leach, Chief Operations Officer / Director For the Fighting Race, Wear Blue: Run to Remember



  • Patty Barron, AUSA’s Director of Family Readiness


Family Voices, a segment of AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast, aims to connect Army families to speakers and issues that are important to their everyday lives.




Wear Blue: Run to Remember


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