Honor our military at the San Francisco Marathon

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ORGANIZATION: wear blue: run to remember

wear blue Mile San Francisco
Runners run past the wear blue Mile

wear blue: run to remember is a global community that seeks to honor the service and sacrifice of the American military and support active duty service members, veterans, and those left behind.

We need your help at the 2024 San Francisco Marathon. We're searching for volunteers to hold an American flag, cheer for athletes, and stand together to honor our fallen and show their families and friends that none are forgotten.

Who can volunteer? San Francisco area friends. All ages welcome! Groups welcome! Corporate teams welcome! Complimentary wear blue shirts will be provided. Light food and beverage will be provided.

What will volunteers do? Hold an American flag in honor of a fallen service member and cheer for athletes as they move through the mile to show your support.

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Mission Statement

wear blue: run to remember is a national nonprofit running community that honors the service and sacrifice of the American military. wear blue: run to remember creates a support network for military members and their families; it bridges the gap between military and civilian communities and it creates a living memorial for our country’s fallen military members.


wear blue: run to remember was founded following the redeployment of 5-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, a unit that, while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, sustained a significant amount of combat losses and casualties. During that deployment, a small group of 5-2 wives and battalion support staff met weekly to run, seeking to create a support network for one another during this challenging and heartbreaking deployment. When the brigade returned, two of those Army wives and avid runners, Lisa Hallett and Erin O’Connor, turned this small group into a nationwide vision that now helps thousands heal from and work through the more challenging aspects of military life during a time of war. Lisa’s husband, CPT John Hallett, was one of four soldiers killed in that unit on August 25, 2009, while returning from a goodwill mission in Southern Afghanistan.

At official wear blue events, American flags are lined along the race course to honor the fallen, a tribute called the wear blue Mile; each flag is hand-held making it a true living memorial. 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.


Sports & Recreation
Veterans & Military Families
Community, Sports & Recreation, Veterans & Military Families


Sun Jul 28, 2024
05:00 AM - 08:45 AM


San Francisco, CA 94129






  • 3 hours and 45 minutes
  • Our staff will send update emails to all registered volunteers with specific location, parking, and other details. The Mile will be located on the Mill Valley side of the bridge in Fort Baker.

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