Boston Marathon: Marathoners ready to run, honor victims

Donations to charity teams linked to the world-renowned race are flooding in from around the globe and are poised to break last year’s record performance of $21 million, a year after a bombing at the finish line killed three people and injured more than 260. Credit: Reuters
About 36,000 runners will take off from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday, many of them running in honor of the victims of last year’s tragedy.
Credit: Reuters

Their lives were taken during last year’s Marathon and its aftermath, but Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi and Sean Collier will certainly not be forgotten when the 118th Boston Marathon begins Monday.

Scores of runners will cross the starting line in Hopkinton Monday morning and embark on a 26.2-mile journey to Boston in honor of the victims.

One hundred runners were chosen to participate in the 2014 Boston Marathon as part of Team MR8, which is raising money for The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation set up by Richard’s parents who were also injured in the blasts. Nearly 300 people applied to be part of the team.

“The team of runners … has exceeded our every expectation,” the family said in a statement a month before the Marathon. “We are blessed to have found a collection of team players that perfectly embody the values that have always been important to our family.”

Campbell’s parents recently announced that 17 friends and family members will run on Monday to honor their daughter and to raise awareness of the Krystle Campbell Memorial Fund. The team will wear blue shirts with the words “I run for Krystle.”

More than a dozen marathoners will run to honor Campbell, the 29-year-old former UMass Boston student, as part of The Run for Krystle team. The team, as well as the scholarship fund in her name, was formed by Richard Campbell, a UMass trustee who is not related to her. Among the runners are several UMass undergraduate and graduate students.

“Krystle was not related to us and we never knew her, but we felt great kinship to her,” Richard Campbell said in a recent statement that recounted how he and Krystle were both raised in Medford and went to the same schools. “And, of course, our hearts ached for her grieving parents and brother.”

In honor of Lu, a 23-year-old Boston University graduate student, eight runners will aim to cross the finish line to raise money for the Lingzi Foundation, which was set up to help provide educational opportunities for “courageous, adventurous and ambitious students like Lingzi,” the organization said.

Additionally, seven members of the BU community will be running with bib numbers donated by the Lu family. The money raised by them will go to the Lu Lingzi Scholarship Fund for graduate students.

Among them is Ryan Shea, a BU alumnus.

“I want to run for those who couldn’t finish last year, and for those who cannot this year,” Shea said in an application seeking a bib number. “I hope to make Boston even stronger and prouder than ever on April 21, 2014.”

Joining those runners will be the more than three dozen people running the Marathon as part of the “MIT Strong” team.

The team is made up of runners representing students, faculty, staff and alumni to commemorate the life of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.

Besides celebrating the spirit and strength of the school community, part of the team’s goal is to support MIT’s Collier Memorial Fund.

“We run for Officer Collier,” the MIT Strong team webpage said. “And we run to celebrate the compassion, courage, and generosity shown by the MIT community in response to violence and tragedy.”

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.


Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.


Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…


OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…


MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.


Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."


'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.


'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."


TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.


Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.


Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.


Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”


Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.


Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.


Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…


NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.


The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.