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Woman to run 5K from Afghanistan

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – An Air Force captain will lace up her running shoes this week for a charity 5K in Springfield.

So what’s the catch?

The 27-year-old from Fresno, California, will run the race from Afghanistan.

Lauren McQuone is one of about 2,400 people who will participate in Friday’s Komen Springfield Race for the Cure – except she’ll run it on a treadmill about 7,000 miles away.

McQuone, whose mother died from breast cancer in 1993, paid the registration fee and got her race T-shirt in the mail.

“I usually run Race for the Cure when I’m stateside,” she said. “But since I’m stuck here for a good couple of months, I thought I’d still run anyway and sign up for some of the Race for the Cures back home in the states, and that includes Springfield. I do want to try and help save a few other mothers, maybe spare a few other daughters [from] that.”

McQuone is raising money for breast cancer research and plans to run as many as 20 different 5Ks from Afghanistan this year. It will be her 230th Komen race.

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Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com

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