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Runners group fighting abortion

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Out of more than 1,000 people expected to participate in this year's Kansas City marathon Oct. 15, more than 100 will be running to do more than cross the finish line.

They'll be running to end abortion.

They're part of the Living in Faith Exchange (LIFE) Runners group, started in 2008 by running partners Pat Castle and Rich Reich, while Castle was teaching chemistry at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Reich was working on his doctorate of philosophy in analytical chemistry at the University of Florida.

The group competes in one half or full marathon each year to raise awareness and money for the pro-life cause.

Currently, the team has 115 members from 17 states, including seven from Nebraska, as well as members from Canada, England, Turkey and Kenya.

Nebraska runners are Joanna Webster, Erin Huffman and Becky Gregory, all of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Omaha; Dale Sundermann and son, Tayler, of St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Omaha; and Art Horn of St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Omaha.

Team officials are looking for more runners to reach their goal of raising $25,000 at the Kansas City race.

This year's donations will go to a crisis pregnancy center in Sioux Falls, S.D., the Alpha Center, to support its Fleet for Little Feet crisis pregnancy bus, which provides free ultrasounds.

For more information or to join the cause, visit http://run.lifegroup413.org/.

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