When the marathon bombings took place, Scorzoni and her friend, a resident of Jordan, were shopping at Banana Republic on Newbury Street. She was alerted by cellphone messages that something was going on, and they left the area.
The next day, she said agents from the Boston bureau of the FBI showed up at her work. They had seen her Facebook post about being at the finish line.
“They were very polite, but very thorough,” Scorzoni said. She had nothing to hide and the agents did not try and intimidate her, she said, but she was fearful for her friends from the Middle East. Her friend was also questioned by the FBI, she said.
“What those brothers (the Tsarnaevs) did, they are cowards, and losers, and anybody from any group or any religion that agrees with them, they are complicit. They were frustrated and angry and violent, and they chose to act out in a negative way,” Scorzoni said.
The bombings created an added tension for Scorzoni, who sometimes wears her hijab, or head scarf, in public. She does not intend to wear a head scarf when she runs the marathon — she doesn’t wear one when she runs.
Scorzoni, who now lives in Roxbury, said there was nothing in her upbringing that led her to switch religions. She came from a large Irish-American family that regularly attended Mass at St. Mary of the Annunciation on Conant Street. She attended Danvers schools and Bishop Fenwick, studied creative writing at the University of Maine at Farmington and spent time at The New School in New York City. She won the Salem News essay contest in 2000.
As she grew up, her mother taught her to question things, and she has always felt the tug of other cultures, along with a desire to travel. She even traveled to Jordan this fall. The sex scandals in the Catholic church led her to take a break from organized religion and made her question her beliefs.