A young girl walks up to purchase a pack of cigarettes and quietly rips off a chunk of her skin as payment. In the past decade, the anti-smoking public service announcements have grown increasingly alarmist, in an attempt to stave off teenage addiction to tobacco and make the act of smoking less badass. The days of James Dean blowing smoke out of his sexy mouth are over, because of the not-so-sexy disease known as Lung Cancer. This weekend, work on your lungs and your legs during the Free to Breathe Run, a 5K and 10K race through Plano’s Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve (2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano). The proceeds from the run benefit Free to Breath, a non-profit lung cancer research and advocacy organization dedicated to increasing the survival rate of the crippling disease. Registration starts at $15 and will be open the day of the run at 6:15 a.m. Sunday. The opening rally takes place at 7:40 a.m. with the race beginning promptly at 8:15 a.m. Visit freetobreathe.org for more information.
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Sun., May 18, 8:15 a.m., 2014