We shared the same jogging route in our hometown of Hanover, though we ran at different times. A labor-and-delivery nurse, she was training to run the Boston Marathon to raise funds for Beth Israel’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Then, two days before Christmas, she was struck and killed while on a run by a driver high on a combination of drugs.
While I didn’t know her well, I’d coached her son in soccer. Our boys shared a desk at school. My wife had spent some time poolside with her as our sons took swim lessons. Her senseless death was stunning to those of us who knew her and to the local running community.
On Monday, 30,000 runners will toe the starting line of the 120th Boston Marathon. Every one of those runners will pit their bodies and their spirits against an intensely grueling athletic challenge: 26.2 miles.
Some are running towards a goal. Others are running away from something. Some run to check off an item on a bucket list. Others run for the greater good of humanity, raising funds to support a charity. Fundraising for the NICU was an important goal for this single mother. And to date, some $25,500 has been donated on her fundraising page, which is still active.
As the runners jam the streets from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday, we ask you to take a moment to remember and honor the memory of the fallen runner. At FCG on Monday, we plan to tune in to the race and cheer on the 30,000, remembering her spirit and dedication.
All of our showrooms will be open on Monday, Patriots’ Day, including our store in Chestnut Hill. (That store is typically closed on Mondays.) Godspeed, runners.