I’m Jess Colby. I grew up in Medford and currently live in Woburn in a house I just finished remodeling over the past two years. While the house took up most of my recent time, I’m excited to get back to getting outside in the fresh air! Throughout high school and college I was part of Track and Field teams although I focused on hurdles/sprints and eventually throwing events. These teams and the friendships I made inevitably made me venture into Boston for Marathon Monday to cheer on friends and soak in the spirit. Every year I thought, maybe I’ll give it a go next year. In 2013 I was cheering on runners in Kenmore Square with the plan of heading to the finish line shortly. Before I could continue on my path the race was stopped and a parade of sirens, police and ambulance were the first clue soemthing was wrong. After a long day of leaving the race and figuring out what was going on, the next day brought the news of Krystle’s passing. While it had been years since I last saw Krystle, my memories of middle school are full adventures with her and her contagious smile. Whether it was ice skating at LaConte, middle school dances or impromptu pool parties at her house, I’ll be forever grateful for her spirit and friendship. After the bombings I took to running to honor her and those who no longer could culminating in a half marathon the following year. It will not be an easy task for me to prepare to run Boston, but the journey will be memorable in so many ways. As a school administrator the donations will go to a cause close to my heart, but Krystle’s memory and in my way of honoring her and rekindling my love for Marathon Monday will be powerful.