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Family, friends gather to remember Max Lenail one year later

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Posted at 8:31 AM, Jan 30, 2022

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Loved ones gathered and held a memorial Saturday to honor Max Lenail who died on Jan. 29, 2021.

The 21-year-old Brown University student was finishing a 10-mile run at Mission Trails Regional Park when he drowned attempting to cross the San Diego River. A freak storm had made the river treacherous even for Max, who had been an avid hiker, expert climber and an all-around elite athlete.

Max's parents, Laurie Yoler and Ben Lenail have been tirelessly working to develop a bridge at the crossing where Max died.

The Max Lenail Memorial Bridge will be finished in 2024. Donations can be made at