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.”