Boston Marathon

Caroline Lee is running to support the Boston Public Library

"Running Boston for the first time is my way of giving back to our amazing library."

Caroline Lee is raising funds for the Boston Public Library. Caroline Lee

In our “Why I’m Running” series, Boston Marathon runners share what’s inspiring them to make the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston. If you’re running the marathon, you can share your #WhyImRunningBoston story here.

Name: Caroline Lee
Age: 28
From: Watertown

When the pandemic shut everything down in March 2020, it was an isolating time. So, I dove into reading as an escape — books about travel all over the world and cookbooks to inspire me to keep baking and stay creative. As I read more, I looked into stepping out of my comfort zone and looked into the Boston Public Library’s (BPL) Summer Reading challenge.


That is where I read about many inspiring voices from different backgrounds which have helped me gain new perspectives that I never would have known about without the BPL’s great librarian suggestions. The BPL provides this and much more, free to all, and I know it’s providing the same support to so many others. Running Boston for the first time is my way of giving back to our amazing library and helping the library continue to provide important services for everyone in the community. 

Editor’s note: Entry may have been lightly edited for clarity or grammar.