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