Lisa Lunt, 31
Crash Management Specialist for a telematics startup
This is the first year I am not running with a charity bib. I have run for Dana Farber in past years, but because of the bombings last year and being a short distance from the finish at the time, I was given the opportunity to register this year outside of a qualifying time or a charity spot. My current marathon PR is 3:34.
I had always been an athlete growing up (soccer and elite gymnastics) and never lost the desire to push my body as I got older. Running provides me with that moment of serenity when work and life get overwhelming. I started focusing on running about three years ago and, since that time, have run more than 25 marathons, trail marathons and endurance races, including the Spartan Death Race. Many of my marathons are run with an American flag embroidered with names of men and women who have fought for our country — some that I carry with me have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Why are you running the 2014 Boston Marathon?
I have run the Boston Marathon for several years now, but this year isn’t about running for me. I am running for those names on my flag that were robbed of that finish line. I am running to show that no terrorist will frighten me away from doing something I LOVE to do so much. Most of all, I am running because I truly believe in the Boston Strong spirit. We Bostonians are tough people, and I feel proud to be one of Boston’s Strong!
What part of the course/event are you most looking forward to?
I am looking forward to that final mile. That is the part I was unable to finish [last year], and I know that it will be an emotional experience and will conquer some personal demons that have been around for the last year. I honestly cannot wait to get out on the marathon course again!
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What does “Boston Strong” mean to you?
Boston Strong has many meanings to me. It means resiliency, compassion and generosity. The way that Boston pulled together after that tragedy was incredible. Everyone wanted to help the victims and their families. It wasn’t only Boston — the entire world came to Boston’s side. Boston Strong is a mindset; it’s an inner drive, and it’s now a lifestyle for a lot of us. I know that I feel incredibly honored to be one of THE Boston Strong that was out there that day and will forever channel that frightening, horrible experience into positive energy for the future.
Who is coming out to support you this year?
Many of my “supporters” are fellow runners. I am running with my two girlfriends that I started [training] with last year, and all three of us are giddy with excitement. Other than that, I believe my family may come along with a couple of close friends from my hometown. I’m hoping a lot of my friends can slip out of work for the day and surprise me (hint, hint!).
What is your race-day goal?
I don’t have a goal for a PR in this race. I have had a tough year of injuries and am coming off of a broken left ankle and left foot. This year is about finishing. It is about absorbing all the love and support that will be present and really taking in an experience that truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I love this marathon, and every year I get to be a part of it is a goal accomplished.