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One hundred sixteen Hawaii-based Marines and sailors.

That’s the number from the 3rd Marine Regiment at Kaneohe Bay that have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, Marine Corps Base Hawaii said.

To honor that sacrifice, the Marine Corps is holding a “Fallen Heroes Run” tomorrow and Wednesday.

Each team of at least two Marines or sailors will run one of 116 evolutions — one for each fallen service member, from the 3rd Marine Regiment headquarters building to the Iwo Jima War Memorial and back.

The motto of the memorial run is, “Their blood honored by our sweat”.

The teams will run the two-mile lap in combat boots and camouflage trousers while carrying the Regimental flag.

“Participation for the run has been phenomenal,” said Capt. Lance Seiffert, event coordinator, 3rd Marine Regiment. “Not only did we generously fill all the time slots, but we’ve had offers from outside people, unsolicited, asking how they could contribute.”

After a brief morning ceremony tomorrow, the memorial run will begin at 8 a.m.

The teams will run continuously until all 116 evolutions, for a total of 232 miles, are completed. The Fallen Heroes Run will end on Wednesday around 10:40 p.m. 

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