Steamboat runner completes 18th Boston Marathon

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Steamboat Springs runner Jennifer Schubert-Akin completed her 18th Boston Marathon on April 16.

Jennifer Schubert-Akin never planned it, but on April 16, the Steamboat Springs resident ran her 18th consecutive Boston Marathon in a time of 4 hours, 8 minutes and 47 seconds.

“It never gets old,” Schubert-Akin said.

On a day that saw temperatures creep into the 80s, Schubert-Akin made it to the finish line in just enough time to qualify for a spot in next year’s race. Despite calf cramps toward the end of the race, Schubert-Akin once again finished the grueling marathon.

“I never planned to do this many,” said Schubert-Akin, who had cervical neck fusion surgery to repair two collapsed discs last fall. “I kept qualifying and enjoying the experience. It has become such a ritual for us.”

She also uses the race to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This year, Schubert-Akin raised more than $6,000 for the cause. Since she started raising money in 1995, she has helped raise $56,000.

Those interested in donating can visit www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/jennifer-schubert-akin/bostonmarathon2012.

Schubert-Akin said she plans to head back to Boston for No. 19 next year.

“It was just another great experience,” she said. “If you have ever thought of trying a marathon, do it, because you never know how it might change your life.”

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