Melissa House is not one of the runners who will have to grab a random name compiled by DiMattia. A West Point graduate who spent six years in the Army and another nine in the reserves, House lives in Midland with her husband, Col. Ed House, who retired in June.
House admits she has a love-hate relationship with running, but that the Soldier Marathon is about so much more than running to her. “It’s emotional to me,” she said. “It’s about doing something for somebody, not just me. I can do this because I’m here; they can’t.” There will be at least five names on House’s back Saturday, and she is connected to each one. Read the full story here.