Tragedy at Virginia Tech
Tony says Leslie, who planned to study in Moscow in the summer of 2007, also ran the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2006. "She had been working on that for a year, and it was a goal. She was very goal-oriented, and you knew for a fact when she said she was going to accomplish a goal you could consider it done," Tony says.
As she ran the marathon, Leslie saw posters cheering runners on to beat Oprah's time of 4:29:30. "She ran it in 4:02 and some-odd seconds," Tony says. "When she was done, she told us that one of her goals was she was goaded by the sign to beat Oprah. And she did! … She was so very proud of her achievement, and we certainly were as well."