Mass. mother running marathon for the first time

WRENTHAM, Mass. (WPRI) — Running 26.2 miles is no easy feat, but one Wrentham mother is more than determined to take it on, saying this year’s race will be transformational for both her and the city of Boston.

Caithlin Lopes is not a runner, at least not in the traditional sense. But after the tragedy that occurred at last year’s Boston Marathon, she knew she wanted to do something.

“Before Boston last year I never thought of running a marathon, but like a lot of people I felt compelled into action,” she said.

Lopes is running the 118th Boston Marathon with a fundraising program called “Team in Training,” where runners raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She said after the bombings, she let go of her fear of training and commitment.

Lopes is feeling excited, exhausted, and emotional all at once. As a wife and mother, just thinking about her family greeting her at the finish line brought her to tears.

“I hope they are proud of me and that I set a good example for my kids,” she said. “It’s not about winning, it’s about setting goals and knowing you can get through anything.”

Lopes said as far as security goes, she’s putting her faith in the professionals. She said she expects to be crying tears of joy and happiness as she approaches the finish line, and she can’t wait to feel Boston strong.

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