Two local runners finish Boston Marathon
Schubert-Akin, Kounovsky conquer Heartbreak Hill on Monday
April 22, 2009
Steamboat Springs — Jennifer Schubert-Akin made it 15 for 15 during Monday’s 113th Boston Marathon.
The longtime local runner completed her 15th straight Boston Marathon on Monday, in 3 hours, 59 minutes and 36 seconds.
It was the 14th time she’s finished the race in less than four hours. The only year she didn’t break the four-hour barrier was in 2002, when she missed the mark by 36 seconds because of 86-degree weather.
“It’s always a thrill to finish this race,” Schubert-Akin said from Boston on Tuesday. “The fact that it was the 15th in a row was very special. The first one was in 1995. I never thought I’d be back 14 years later running every one.”
Bart Kounovsky was the only other Steamboat finisher. Kounovsky finished the race in 3:29:47.
Kounovsky, who was spending the rest of the week in Boston with his family and attending a Red Sox game Wednesday, said he was happy with his time especially considering it was only his second marathon.
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“The first half of the marathon I was trying to pull myself back so I didn’t run too fast, but also trying to drink it in,” he said. “I actually really enjoyed miles 16 through 21. Heartbreak Hill is there and that’s where the people are really screaming at you.”
Although Kounovsky has never run the New York City or Chicago marathons, he said he couldn’t imagine them being any better than Boston’s event.
“It’s amazing. With the way the finish is, all the people at the finish and the way the town turns out for it,” said Kounovsky, who, despite qualifying for next year’s event with his time, was unsure if he’d make the return trip.
That’s the same sentiment that’s kept Schubert-Akin coming back for the last 15 years. Although she doesn’t anticipate running any ultra-marathons this summer like she has in the past – she finished the Leadville Trail 100 last year – there’s little doubt she’ll be back in Boston to attempt No. 16.
“Absolutely. I’m already looking forward to it,” she said. “It’s hard to describe. It’s a pretty special event. It’s a pretty special race.”