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Lynchburg teacher prepares for intense race through Europe

Jenny Anderson is planning to run 500 miles through Spain in 10 days to raise money for international refugees

February 18, 2011|Tim Saunders | Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief

LYNCHBURG, Va. — A Lynchburg teacher is leaving the classroom for a long run through Europe.

Jenny Anderson teaches Spanish and coaches cross country at Virginia Episcopal School.

She's leaving for Spain in a few days, where she'll run 500 miles in 10 days.  It's an effort to raise money for international refugees.

Anderson's run will follow the “Camino de Santiago," a grueling path through the mountains of Northern Spain.

She hopes to set a new world speed record for the route, running 47 miles each day in 10 to 11 hour shifts.

"Mentally and physically it's going to be exhausting," said Anderson.  "But when I take my mind to those other places and really think about those that are in harms way or those that are dealing with a lot in their lives, it's going to be pretty easy."

You can follow Anderson's progress on her blog and read more about her journey on the VES website.

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