"I hate running. With a passion. Nonetheless, I have decided to run to honor my cousin, Jessica Kensky and her husband, Patrick Downes, who were both severely injured at the Boston Marathon bombing that killed four people and injured more than 260." "Running this race is going to be emotional, as my purpose for running is very meaningful. When the going gets tough and the hills get steep, I will be thinking of Jessica and Patrick and how their lives were changed in the blink of an eye. I will remember that they will never again run freely as they once did. I will think of what they would give to have that day back." Read Lauren's full essay here.
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