Local Runners Race for the Cure


LSA ANACONDA, BALAD, Iraq — A handful of local Soldiers joined forces here Oct. 31 to support breast cancer research by participating in a Race for the Cure.

Staff Sgt. Lupe Garcia, a 13th COSCOM Plans NCO, organized a group of her co-workers to run the 5k with her. Garcia has participated in several Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events in her hometown of Austin, Texas. This year, Garcia could not race in Austin due to her deployment to Iraq but decided to help out, long-distance.

Garcia told a coworker of her plans and the word spread within a day to include 15 other Soldiers. The group registered for the Austin race, received their race T-shirts and met Sunday morning to run together.

Garcia said the main effort of the event was to raise money for breast cancer research.