This interview was first published as “Triathlete Pia Levine Races Against Terrorism” in the Forward.
Pia Levine, who is scheduled to compete in the Aquaphor NYC Triathlon on July 14, runs in a way that differs from other endurance athletes. Having survived a Jerusalem bus bombing in March 2011, just two days before running her first marathon, she says she participates to show that she has not been defeated by terrorism.
Levine, a 21-year-old Yeshiva University Stern College for Women student from Edison, N.J., will compete in New York on behalf of OneFamily, an organization that helps rebuild the lives of those affected by terror in Israel, and that has supported her in her own recovery.
In the past two years, Levine has run four half-marathons, and competed in two bike tours and two triathlons to raise money for OneFamily and other Jewish charities. She spoke with the Forward’s Renee Ghert-Zand about the terrorist attack that changed her life, and how the Boston Marathon bombing has added to both her trepidation and determination.
Renee Ghert-Zand: How did you get into marathon running and competing in triathlons. Do you have a history of athleticism?
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