Kendra's love of the Aquarium as a child led her to a high school internship. She credits the Aquarium and its staff with her decision to major in biology and for inspiring her to become a Master Scuba Diver Trainer. This will be her first Boston Marathon®.
My initial relationship with the New England Aquarium began
back in high school working as an intern for the Giant Ocean Tank—an experience
for which I am grateful in how it fostered my enduring love for science and
marine biology. After completing my open water certification the following
year, I fully immersed myself in the world of diving. This is a world that I have come to love, one
that continues to ignite my passion, and inspires me to share it with
others. For over two years, I was
blessed with the opportunity to teach people from around the world how to dive
and share my love of the ocean with them, from the Great Barrier Reef to the
My experiences exploring the depths of our oceans as a
Divemaster and Instructor bring me full circle back to the New England
Aquarium, to my hometown and the place where my journey first began: Boston. Running
in the Boston Marathon is how I am going to continue this journey. I am so
excited to donate money to such an amazing organization that raises awareness
and educates children about our oceans and the amazing animals that live in it.
What an honor to it is to represent my favorite place in Boston, the New
England Aquarium, in the race of a lifetime.
Thank you for your support, both financial and emotional, during
these hundreds of miles, tears and laughs along the way to the finish line of
my first marathon.
“I run because it's so symbolic of life. You
have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you
can't. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you're capable of so
much more than you thought.”
The New England Aquarium is an official charity of the 118th Boston Marathon. Funds raised by our runners will support hands-on, interactive outreach programs that reach 45,000 children in diverse communities every year. Through your generosity, Aquarium educators will inspire young children to learn about and protect the world’s oceans.
Learn more about the New England Aquarium Marathon Team