It turns out the Lu family thoughtfully provided seven spots, rather than the original five, to the Boston University community for this year’s Boston Marathon. The entries were given to the family by the Boston Athletic Association as a tribute to their daughter, Lu Lingzi, one of the three people killed in the Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013.
Written and/or videotaped statements were received by 211 members of the BU community eager to run in honor of Lingzi.
I submitted a statement, but unfortunately I was not selected.
“Personally, it breaks my heart that you were not selected for one of the slots to run this year’s Boston Marathon in tribute to Lu Lingzi. I appreciate your heartfelt submission. We received many thoughtful applications – more than 200 – but only had seven available slots,” stated Kenneth Elmore, dean of students, in an email.
According to an article in BU Today, Elmore said the seven were chosen based on “the right balance of connection to BU, tribute to Lingzi, ability and drive to complete the Marathon, desire to fundraise on behalf of her family and her memory, and a compelling submission.”
In his email, Elmore said that a variety of experiences and perspectives will represent the BU community in the Marathon, as part of Lingzi’s family’s efforts to continue to honor their precious daughter.
“I hope you will not forget Lu Lingzi and others we have lost or were injured last year. I hope that your submission can be counted in our collective meditation on this tragedy and loss.”