Marquette native runs Boston Marathon to raise money for cancer research

It’s been a year since tragedy struck the Boston Marathon, but the city and the race itself remain strong. A Marquette native is channeling that strength into support for cancer research.

Peter Lorinser ran the race today for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team with the names of people who’ve been affected by cancer written on his arms.

“The people that are on my arm are relatives of mine, family members of mine, friends of my friends, friends of my relatives,” said Lorinser. “It’s basically anybody that reached out to me that I could honor a little bit of their fight and show them the solidarity of what the money I’m raising is going to.”

Months of training went into Lorinser’s run. The resolve of the people of Boston has been instrumental in inspiring him and many others like him to take on the difficult task.

“‘Boston Strong’ is resiliency. Nobody in Boston will ever forget what happened on April 15th, 2013, but to be a part of coming back and be stronger and more resilient and taking back the finish line has been a big thing around here,” Lorinser added.

Lorinser finished the race in three hours, 36 minutes and 58 seconds. As of this afternoon, he was also well on his way to his fundraising goal of $9,340. The proceeds will be used to search for new cancer treatments and ways to prevent the disease.