Lingzi Dream Dash 5k

Sat October 28, 2023 Boston, MA 02135 US Directions


5k Run/Walk

($0: Ages 0 - 12)
9:00AM EDT Registration ends October 27, 2023 at 8:00pm EDT


Artesani Playground
1255 Soldiers Field Rd
Boston, MA US 02135


The 6th Annual Lingzi Dream Dash 5K Run/Walk will take place on the Charles River Esplanade, on a fast, flat 3.1-mile course with views of the city as Lingzi herself saw it. Bring family and friends and join us in supporting the things Lingzi loved — things like community, education and the beauty of Boston in the fall.

The Lingzi Foundation honors the legacy of Lingzi Lu, the 23-year-old Boston University graduate student from China who was killed in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The Foundation embodies Lingzi's spirit by providing educational opportunities for courageous and ambitious students like her and supporting organizations that reflect her passions. It recognizes people who in build bridges between cultures and communities.

Registration Information

Individual registration will be $35.
Kids under 12 race for free (no shirts).

T-shirts will be unisex sizing and are available to the first 150 registrants.

Virtual Run

To run virtually:

Sign up for the 5k! The price is the same as the induvial registration and you can still choose to get a t-shirt.

Run anytime, anywhere and email results to

Race-day Registration and Bib Pick-up

On site registrations and bib pick-up will begin at 7:45 am.

Run for Lingzi

Lingzi was born on August 17, 1989, to a loving traditional Chinese family. As an only child, her arrival brought so much joy to her parents and grandparents. Since she was a toddler, she had a great love of books. She followed her grandpa everywhere because he always had a lot of books around him.

She was also the family entertainer and loved performing for her parents. As her grandmother put it, “where there was Lingzi, there was fun.”

Through her school years, she pushed herself to study hard and never stopped challenging herself; setting goals higher and higher. While pursuing academic success with great determination and discipline, she blossomed into a young lady who also enjoyed playing piano and loved nature’s gifts with great curiosity as well as gained a true appreciation for food.

She had a tender heart towards animals, especially those in need, and a big heart for the people around her.

On April 15, 2013, her journey stopped unexpectedly on Boylston Street in Boston, while cheering on the marathon runners at the finish line, she had given her best until the very last moment.

The Lingzi Foundation has been proud to host the annual Lingzi Dream Dash 5k Run/Walk.  It is a great way to connect with our runners, supporters and communities. Whether in-person or virtual, we have seen the community’s everlasting strength and unwavering support in carrying Lingzi’s spirit. 

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