Runners assemble weekly at DuPont park to remember fallen 5th Brigade membersMile after mile, Lisa Hallett runs to remember the man she’s adored since she was a teenager.
She fell for John Hallett on a church trip to Mexico in 1996. She lost him on Aug. 25, 2009, when an improvised explosive killed the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Army captain and three others while they rode in a Stryker on a mission in Afghanistan.
Reeling from his death, Lisa Hallett laced up her sneakers two days later. She ran to regain a sense of control over a life that had suddenly lost its direction.
“Running is very tangible to me,” said Hallett, 29. “I need it.”
She still runs for John and for herself, but these days she’s flanked by dozens of other service members and military spouses on weekly routes through the city of DuPont.
Many runners wear blue shirts listing the names of fallen soldiers from Capt. Hallett’s unit, the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.