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Slain Madison woman remembered with "Run for Jenny"

Published On: May 20 2013 01:12:11 AM CDT   Updated On: May 20 2013 01:19:09 AM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

Friends and family remember a murdered Madison woman by engaging in the activity she loved the most.

Though Jenny Boyce was murdered earlier this year, her work as an athlete and health advocate lives on.

During Sunday’s "Run for Jenny," Boyce's loved ones shared memories and a singular message: "Be the Change."

Though those Boyce left behind pledged to be strong in her honor, many were obviously still shaken and shocked at her passing.

In January, one day before their divorce was supposed to have been finalized, Boyce's estranged husband broke into her Milwaukee Street home, killing her and then later killing himself.

On Sunday, in some very pink footwear ("The socks were sort of one of Jenny’s trademarks," said organizer Jennie Mauer), this group of runners remembered.

Emily Siegrist had previously trained with Boyce for the Ironman.

But on Sunday she picked a slower pace around Lake Waubesa in order to reflect on her friend.

"I was at work when I found out about her death, and I was honestly shocked," remembered Siegrist.

But during her run, Siegrist remembered the good times. "It was a really great experience to have someone like her by my side," she said.

"When you have a second to reflect how lucky you were to have gotten to know them, so really just a mix of emotions, but I'm just really glad that I got to be her friend," agreed Mauer.

At the 5K halfway mark, a group of nine, ten, and eleven-year olds reminded everyone why they were running by breaking out into a "Run for Jenny" chant.

Boyce was planning to coach a Girls on the Run of Dane County team at the time of her death, so all of the money raised over the weekend went to that organization.

And at the finish line, runners were encouraged to do a "burpie."

Why?

Because, organizers said, that’s what Jenny would have wanted.

More than 170 people came out to "Run for Jenny," raising $6,000 for Girls on the Run of Dane County.

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