Martha Jefferson 8K Race Stretches To Iraq

By: Whitney Holmes Email
By: Whitney Holmes Email

March 9, 2007

Saturday morning, more than 700 people will participate in the Martha Jefferson 8K in Charlottesville.

And a handful of soldiers will be running the same race, in tandem, outside Baghdad.

Lynne Norris' brother, Brian, a soldier in Iraq came up the idea to do a satellite race.

With the nine hour time difference, Brian will finish the race before Lynne starts it here, but she says, it is still something they'll get to experience together.

"It is important to me to be able to do this together. I know that he is doing this in support of me," she shared. "And that we are also encouraging the troops over there. That's very important."

In addition to her brother, Lynne has other family members in the military overseas, including her son.

Money from the race goes to promoting wellness in our community by funding services like blood pressure checks and health screenings.

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