4k for Cancer Runners spent the night in Lander, heading to Rawlins today

UPDATED to correct the name of the host church.

(Lander, Wyo.) – If you’re driving between Lander and Rawlins today, keep your eyes out for participants in the 2014 4k for Cancer. A group of 28 individuals in their 20s are running 4,000 miles across the United States to raise money for cancer patients and awareness.

The team started in San Francisco in early June and is expected to end on July 26 in Baltimore. But Tuesday night the participants were hosted at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Lander, having run from Jackson that morning. Their destination for Wednesday evening is Rawlins. According to the 4k for Cancer website, the runners each run about eight miles a day with a teammate, aside from occasional rest days. Pairs of runners are dropped along the route every two miles, and after each segment they are picked up by a chase van.

This morning, the runners were loading up on the vans at 6:30. Most had names of family or friends with cancer written on their legs, to support them on the day’s run. Some hear stories of others along the route, and choose to run a day for them. One woman said she met a cross-country cyclist yesterday who is a cancer survivor, so she had their name written on her leg for today.

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