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KANSAS CITY, Missouri, March 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-lifers have teamed up to run 1,588 "legs" (5,544 miles) across the United States, literally creating a cross through the nation.

The fourth annual LIFE Runners A-Cross America Relay to REMEMBER The Unborn (Jer 1:5)" recruited over 500 pro-life participants. Some participated from around the world, running a "leg" of the race "remotely," in their home towns. 

The Fiji islands' LIFE Runners "remotely" ran all of Utah's "legs." But they were hit with adversity. As Fiji chapter leader Karen Patnaude explained, "Fiji LIFE Runners adopted the state of Utah this year to run remotely. Right in the middle of covering the legs for the A-Cross America Relay, Fiji was devastated by a Category 5 cyclone! This didn't stop these LIFE Runners, who continued to run as well as reach out to those in the community by bringing supplies to heavily damaged areas!"

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The LIFE Runner relay started on Ash Wednesday at San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; New York City's Brooklyn Bridge; the Canadian border near Neche, North Dakota; and Corpus Christi, Texas. The event's finale brings runners together in Kansas City, Missouri for Relay Finish Line events on March 20.

"The A-Cross America Relay forms a true cross over our nation, with all four arms of the relay converging in Kansas City," Kansas City chapter leader T.D. Dorrell explained to LifeSiteNews in an email. "Kansas City is the lower 48's most centrally located big city."

With five days left, pro-lifers can still sign up, because each "leg" run can have more than one runner. Each runner wears a LIFE jersey focusing on Jeremiah 1:5: "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you."

The Nevada portion of the relay was dedicated to healing for post-abortive mothers. Last year, the organization didn't fill any "leg" in Nevada, so board members Grant Fenske, Jeff Grabosky, and Dr. Pat Castle took the challenge upon themselves and, among the three of them, ran 100 miles in two days. The feat inspired others to fill the rest of Nevada.

Grabosky, who co-founded the LIFE Runner Relay, explained, "Inspired by the true value of suffering and our desire for those affected by abortion to experience healing and forgiveness, we took our pains and discomfort of running many difficult miles and offered it up for all those in need of post-abortion healing."

This year marks the first time LIFE Runners has filled all four "arms" of the nationwide Cross.

In 2011, LIFE Runners participated in the Kansas City Marathon, and after the race, 75 LIFE Runners prayed outside the Overland Park Kansas Planned Parenthood. The next day they received a message from the Planned Parenthood security guard informing them that their rally had inspired him to quit working for the nation's largest abortion business.

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