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August 22, 2011
Oregon National Guard Soldiers to run "Hood to Coast" in Afghanistan
 
Soldiers from the Oregon National Guard's 1249th Engineer Battalion are scheduled to participate with team "360 goes 180" in a simulation of the "Hood to Coast" relay while deployed in Afghanistan, Aug. 26-27.
 
This year will be the fourth time 360 Physical Therapy has supported the Oregon National Guard by participating in honor of deployed Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
This year's team includes two Oregon National Guard members running in Oregon, and more than 24 Soldiers running in Afghanistan.
 
The 30th annual "Hood to Coast" relay will also be represented by a team from the Oregon National Guard's Judge Advocate Office.
 
At least one deployed member will participate on team "360 goes 180" with live virtual hand-offs via satellite phone.
 
Lt. Col. Chris Reese, who participated as a team member in 2009 in Iraq, will run the final leg to the finish line in Seaside, Ore.
 
Soldiers who have run in the past have mentioned morale and a connection to home as reasons for running the race.
 
Photos are scheduled be available via flashnews, Aug. 29.
 
Links to previous stories:
 
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/08/just_before_midnight_last_oct.html
 
http://www.dvidshub.net/news/38169/soldiers-go-180-degrees-around-world-hood-coast-relay
 
 
Contact Info: For media inquiries contact Spc. Cory Grogan at cory.grogan@us.army.mil; or by phone 503-584-3917.