Friends of one of the victims of last year’s deadly house fire on Riggs Place NW will hold a memorial race in her honor this weekend.
The Nina Brekelmans Memorial Scholarship 5K Race will be held at Georgetown University (3700 O St NW) Saturday at 8 a.m.
Brekelmans, 25, graduated last May from Georgetown University with a Master of Arts in Arabic Studies. She was killed when a fire broke out in the rowhouse she lived in at 1610 Riggs Place NW last June. She is remembered by family and friends as an avid runner and a lover of languages.
Before she died, Brekelmans finished her Master of Arab Studies at Georgetown University and planned to travel to Jordan on a Fulbright Fellowship to research female distance runners and continue her Arabic language studies.
All proceeds raised from the race will be donated towards the Nina Brekelmans Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund at Georgetown University, a fund that aims to “preserve Nina’s legacy of goodwill and women’s empowerment in the Middle East.”
Photo via Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, Dartmouth College, where Brekelmans graduated in 2012