The London Marathon is one of the marquee events of the spring in England’s capital city, but unfortunately this year, it was marked by tragedy.
30-year old runner Claire Squires passed away toward the end of the 26.2 mile race, but the circumstances surrounding her desire to run the race have lead to thousands of donations being made to one specific charity in her name.
Squires entered the race to raise money for a suicide prevention organization and had personally collected $800 prior to the London Marathon. The group, called the Samaritans, typically earns around $6 million a year in individual donations, and has already received $1 million in donations made in Squires’ name since last Wednesday.
The Squires family had the following to say about Claire and her work with the Samaritans:
For Claire and the Samaritans, please keep the donations coming. Don’t stop giving, just like her. It’s what she would have wanted … words cannot explain what an incredible, inspirational, beautiful and driven person she was.
A cause of death has yet to be determined in Squires’ death, but she was noted to be in outstanding physical shape by those who knew her well including friends and family.
It’s always a sad story to hear of people in their athletic prime passing in one of the world’s oldest athletic pursuits. It’s further proof that sometimes the best of us are taken at a moment’s notice and without explanation for reasons well beyond our understanding.
Good people like Claire Squires deserve more time in the world, but sometimes the best are the ones whose lives end far too soon.
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