All Bostonians probably remember where they were on April 15, 2013. I was with my family at Fenway Park, watching the traditional Patriots day Red Sox game. I knew that the Boston Marathon was going on at the same time and had plans to take my two young daughters to the finish line afterward to cheer and be inspired by the runners. However, my older daughter suddenly felt sick, so we went home instead. We saw dozens of ambulances and police cars zooming by in the other direction on the Mass Pike as we made our way home and wondered why. When our car pulled into our street, we saw a neighbor and he asked us if we had heard about the bombing.
I started running a few years ago. A couple of 5ks lead to a few 10ks, then a half marathon. I ran my first full marathon in 2017 and ran my first Boston in 2019. Running on the historical course, soaking in the cheering crowd, and searching for my family and friends along the route felt both amazing and a little surreal. I was overwhelmed with emotions when I finally crossed the finish line. I thought of Lingzi and other Boston bomb victims who lost lives, limbs, hopes, and dreams, and I felt incredibly blessed for living and running.
I decided to run my next Boston in honor of Lingzi and to raise money for her foundation, which keeps her memory alive by supporting causes Lingzi was passionate about: education, arts, animals, friendship, and cultural understanding. Thank you so much for your support!