‘I ran with Wendy:’ Slain runner’s fiance felt connection running Boston Marathon in her honor

Daniel Hincapie (Courtesy The Wendy Martinez Legacy Project via Twitter)
Daniel Hincapie ran in the Boston Marathon in honor of his slain fiancee, Wendy Martinez. She was killed last year while out on a run in D.C. (Courtesy The Wendy Martinez Legacy Project via Twitter) (Courtesy The Wendy Martinez Legacy Project via Twitter)
Photos of Wendy Martinez, the 35-year-old who was killed while running, are on display during a vigil in Logan Circle in D.C. on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Photos of Wendy Martinez, the 35-year-old who was killed while running, are on display during a vigil in Logan Circle in D.C. on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (WTOP/Michelle Basch) (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
A crowd gathers in D.C.'s Logan Circle on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, during a vigil for Wendy Martinez, 35, who was stabbed to death while out for a run (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
A crowd gathers in D.C.’s Logan Circle on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, during a vigil for Wendy Martinez, 35, who was stabbed to death while out for a run (WTOP/Michelle Basch) (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
In this image provided by the Martinez family, a photo of Wendy Karina Martinez. Police say Martinez, an avid runner who was killed in a residential neighborhood in the nation's capital after recently getting engaged, was likely a random target. Police say on Sept. 20, that a suspect has been arrested in the Tuesday stabbing death of Martinez near Logan Circle in Washington. (Martinez family via AP)
In this image provided by the Martinez family, a photo of Wendy Karina Martinez. (Martinez family via AP) (AP)
A woman cries on the street near where Wendy Martinez was stabbed. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
A woman cries on the street near where Wendy Martinez was stabbed. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein) (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
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Daniel Hincapie (Courtesy The Wendy Martinez Legacy Project via Twitter)
Photos of Wendy Martinez, the 35-year-old who was killed while running, are on display during a vigil in Logan Circle in D.C. on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
A crowd gathers in D.C.'s Logan Circle on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, during a vigil for Wendy Martinez, 35, who was stabbed to death while out for a run (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
In this image provided by the Martinez family, a photo of Wendy Karina Martinez. Police say Martinez, an avid runner who was killed in a residential neighborhood in the nation's capital after recently getting engaged, was likely a random target. Police say on Sept. 20, that a suspect has been arrested in the Tuesday stabbing death of Martinez near Logan Circle in Washington. (Martinez family via AP)
A woman cries on the street near where Wendy Martinez was stabbed. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

Six months after his fiancee was murdered on a run, a D.C. man shares his emotion crossing the Boston Marathon finish line in her memory and a new partnership in her honor.

“I ran this race with Wendy,” Daniel Hincapie said.

He admitted he was sore from running the Boston Marathon on Monday. But he would never give back the experience to connect with his slain fiancee, Wendy Martinez, again.

“She was right next to me. She was in the sky, she was next to me, she was at the finish line. She was everywhere … There was a moment I was having a conversation with her spirit. It was powerful and emotional,” Hincapie said.

Martinez’s family members and their friends came to Boston to cheer on the man who said his heart was running the race, not his legs.

When he crossed the finish line, one of his supporters handed him a banner that read, “Love Wins. Wendy Wins.” 

Hincapie met Martinez more than three years ago preparing to run a half-marathon in Washington, D.C. Last year, they completed a full-marathon together in San Diego.

“We ran a lot … Wendy was faster than me. It was challenging for her to stay at my pace. One of the last things we did together was the San Diego race,” Hincapie told WTOP.

His life was forever changed on Sept. 18, 2018, when Martinez was stabbed as she ran near their home after work. Martinez staggered into a nearby Chinese restaurant, where bystanders tried to help her. She later died from her injuries at the hospital, police said.

Martinez had been stabbed a total of seven times, including in her head and neck, according to an autopsy report.

Anthony Crawford is charged in her murder and, last month, a judge found him competent to stand trial. Outside of the courtroom, Hincapie is determined to keep her memory alive.

“We’re very happy to announce the first partnership with Girls on the Run D.C., the local chapter of a national nonprofit that inspires girls’ confidence, joy and health, with help from volunteers and experienced runners to build a curriculum which integrates running,” Hincapie said.

The Wendy Martinez Legacy Project will provide a grant to Girls on the Run to fund a team of 30 girls in underserved communities of D.C., ranging in age from 8 to 12.

“We want more women to run. We’d like to see more women getting into tech. We’d like to see more empowerment. That’s one aspect that really represents who Wendy was … We look forward to supporting the next generation of Wendy Martinez,” he said.

WTOP’s Jack Moore contributed to this report. 

Editor’s Note: This story has been changed to reflect that the couple met preparing for a race in D.C., not San Diego.

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