BOSTON (CBS) – A 5K run-walk was held to honor a victim of the Boston Marathon bombings was held on a unique route Saturday in Boston.

The first “Lingzi Dream Dash 5K” was run on the Boston Common Saturday morning.

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New Boston Police Commissioner William Gross attended the race.

Boston Police Commissioner William Gross speaks with runners at the “Lingzi Dream Dash 5K.” (WBZ-TV)

The course through the park was meant to reflect the beauty that Lingzi Lu found in her adopted city of Boston.

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The 23-year-old Boston University graduate student from China was killed at the marathon finish line in 2013.

Lingzi Lu (WBZ-TV)

Lu’s aunt, Helen Zhao, said the event keeps her niece’s memory alive.

“It means a lot to see that many people came out to help keep Lingzi’s memory alive. On behalf of the family, you know, we really appreciate it,” she said.

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The 5K supports the Lingzi Foundation, which provides educational opportunities for students looking to build bridges between different cultures and communities.