Running to Support Vital Resources in the Urban Community


With only two months until the 2015 Boston Marathon, preparations are in full swing. This year, the Friends of the Public Garden is represented by Team Friends, composed of two dedicated runners: Deb Howe and Lina Hristova. Deb and Lina are working hard to prepare for the marathon: physically, mentally, and charitably. Both of these women are fundraising to benefit our treasured greenspaces – the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

We recently learned more about Lina and her reasons for choosing Team Friends. She has been a distance runner for several years and has completed three marathons. This is Lina’s first time running in the Boston Marathon, and she looks forward to “the emotionally charged field, the fun crowds,” and running with her Team Friends partner, Deb, a fellow Mount Holyoke alumna. Of course, the bragging rights that come along with completing the Marathon are just the cherry on top!

Lina works as a project manager for a software company and also operates a diversified forest products business, which includes beekeeping and growing mushrooms. She shares the Friends’ passion for the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. “The Boston public parks are a vital resource for the urban community,” she says. Lina believes that having these open spaces is beneficial, not only to the surrounding community, but to Boston visitors as well. Lina joined Team Friends to support the work of the Friends: providing the funds and support that are vital to keeping our parks healthy.

If you would like to help Lina raise money to benefit the parks, donate to Team Friends on our CrowdRise page, or to learn more visit or email

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