Some 600 servicemembers and civilians are expected to take part in a fundraising race for breast cancer research at one of the U.S. military’s largest bases in Iraq, event organizers said Monday.

The downrange version of the Race for the Cure — a 5K run sponsored by the 332nd Emergency Medical Group — is scheduled for Logistics Support Area Anaconda on March 31.

“The Race for the Cure is here to bring breast cancer awareness to the people, to make sure that everyone knows about the research that is being done, and to try and raise money to continue that research,” said Capt. Michele T. Vita, senior physical therapist with the 332nd EDMG Operations Squadron and one of the event organizers.

Vita and Senior Airman Amanda R. O’Brien coordinated the race through the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which runs the events nationwide in the United States.

Those interested in more information on the event can contact Vita at DSN 318-443-8530 or at

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