After Meb Keflezighi crossed the Boston Marathon finish line in 2017, he said, “This is my last Boston. Thank you, Boston.”
But at that finish line, he also stopped to embrace Martin Richard’s family. In April, he’ll be in Hopkinton once more, running on a “non-competitive basis” to raise money for the foundation named for the 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Keflezighi, an Eritrean-born American runner, won the 2014 Boston Marathon wearing a bib bearing the names of victims Martin Richard, Lu Lingzi, and Krystle Campbell, as well as Sean Collier, the MIT police officer fatally shot by the Marathon bombers.
“We couldn’t be more honored to have Meb and all of our runners lace up their sneakers to take on this historic course for the mission of our Foundation,” Denise and Bill Richard said in a statement. “Our family has a love of running, and the accomplishments of all of our runners is inspiring.”
Keflezighi and 114 other runners are part of Team MR8, which has raised $635,000 towards its goal of $800,000. According to its website, the Martin Richard Foundation advances sportsmanship, kindness, and peace, fulfilling Martin’s famous handmade message, “No more hurting people. Peace.”