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Sgt. Brandon Maggart Legacy Run around the corner

The 3-mile run is supported by the organization wear blue: run to remember

wear blue: run to remember's goal is to act as a support network, create a living memorial and bridge the gap between the military and community. Photo courtesy of Ingrid Barrentine

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Community bonding and remembrance can come in many forms, but what happens when these two important things come together just by simply lacing up one's running shoes and taking to the road?

It's community building at its finest and a wonderful way to remember our fallen American heroes.

The third annual St. Brandon Maggart Legacy Run takes place Aug. 10 beginning at 8:45 a.m. at Powderworks Park in DuPont. The run is open to the public.

This 3-mile run is supported by the organization wear blue: run to remember, and all participants are encouraged to wear the color blue during the run. Wearing blue pays homage to servicemembers who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their service and country; it's this tribute and living memorial that is the key mission of the organization. In addition, the group serves as a support network for those facing deployment issues or who have lost a loved one during deployment.

The spirit of running is the thread that ties everything together. What also ties the event together is the run's namesake.

Maggart was serving his second deployment as an air defense artilleryman with the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment when he lost his life on Aug. 22, 2010 in Basra, Iraq during a rocket attack. The 24-year-old Missouri native was a loving husband, father and friend to many. He is survived by his wife, Teresa, and son, Blake, who was only 3 years old when his father passed away.

Teresa Maggart, who wanted to do something special in honor of her husband, is the founder of the legacy run. She became acquainted with the Joint Base Lewis-McChord chapter of wear blue: run to remember a couple of years ago. Maggart found herself not only supported by the organization during a difficult time, but also inspired.

She decided to organize a memorial run in tribute to her husband on the one-year anniversary of his passing. With the support of others from the JBLM community, the first Sgt. Brandon Maggart Legacy Run was established.

Three years later, the run still provides loving community connections, remembrance and bonding. This year, young Blake is doing something extra special to remember and honor his dad - he will lead the run.

Additionally, some members from Maggart's unit, the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, will participate in honor and memory of their fallen comrade.

Powderworks Park is at 1770 Bobs Hollow Lane in DuPont. Wear blue T-shirts will also be available in the $10 to $30 price range. Visit wearblueruntoremember.org for online ordering. For those who wish to personalize their shirts, visit the website for font and size recommendations. Note that the personalization service is not provided through the organization.

To learn more about participating or lending a helping hand for the Sgt. Brandon Maggart Legacy Run, visit wear blue: run to remember's Facebook page. wear blue: run to remember has weekly Saturday runs at PowderWorks Park beginning at 9 a.m. To learn more about the organization, visit wearblueruntoremember.org.

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