Boston Marathon

Why I’m Running: ‘Running motivates and pushes me’

Racquel Mendez is running for mental health awareness, suicide prevention, women, and Serenity Mendez, her daughter.

"It has always been a goal of mine to run the Boston Marathon." Racquel Mendez

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: Racquel Mendez

Age: 41

From: Boston

My name is Racquel Mendez and I am a proud Latina living in the city of Boston with the honor and the privilege to run the 2023 Boston Marathon.

Why do I Run? Running motivates and pushes me. Running challenges me, which helps me evolve as an individual. When I run, I feel unstoppable, like all my dreams are attainable as long as I persevere. I find peace within myself when I run. I use running as an outlet to work through the stressors in my life. The faster I run, the stronger I feel. The more miles I run, the more I feel I can achieve. I feel so proud, determined, and capable. Running empowers me to set, beat, and surpass my goals. I run for me. It is my self-care, and I hope it pushes others toward greatness. I run because I want to inspire my daughter, for her to be proud of me, and remind her that she is powerful beyond all measure.


It has always been a goal of mine to run the Boston Marathon. When I first started running, I couldn’t even run a mile. Over the years, I challenged myself to run 5ks, 10ks, a half marathon, and a marathon. When I finished my first marathon, the course was being disassembled, and I was the second to last person to finish. I was proud of my accomplishment but knew I was capable of more. I have consistently challenged myself to overcome obstacles that once seemed impossible, so much so that I recently completed the Chicago Marathon.

As a proud Dominican American, I am running for mental health awareness, suicide prevention, women, single mothers, and Serenity Mendez, my daughter. I hope to represent all these people and ideals at the Boston Marathon, “Empowered people empower people.”

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