Annemarie proudly shows her medal
Annemarie Uebbing, Director of the Newark Community Planning and Development Office, displayed her spirit, heart, and strength in completing her first Boston Marathon on April 21. "Running in the Boston Marathon was a dream come true for me, and given what happened last year, I wanted to be part of this year's celebration demonstrating Boston's spirit, courage, and determination," said Annemarie.
As opposed to many other marathons, you need a qualifying time to run in the Boston Marathon. Based on her age, Annemarie needed a qualifying time of 4:10 to run in Boston. She achieved this by running the Amsterdam Marathon in 4:07:43 on October 21, 2012. She came back from Amsterdam the day before Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey. "I was on the plane with several Dutch runners who were coming here to run in the New York City Marathon," said Annemarie. "We were sharing marathon stories and I was giving them advice on running New York. But, of course, because of Hurricane Sandy, the event was cancelled. Now, we are looking to the Dutch to give us advice on how to deal with the impacts of Hurricane Sandy."
The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest marathon, dating back to 1897. This year's event attracted over 35,000 runners from the United States and around the world.
Annemarie trained through the cold winter months by running home from work (3.8 miles) most nights and doing long runs on the weekend in Branch Brook Park in Newark. She is captain of the Women's Master's team for the Clifton Road Runners for races throughout New Jersey. In a wonderful accomplishment, her running team, made up of women 50+ in age, had placed second statewide the last three years. As a further accolade, this was also the first time that her team had Open and Master's Women teams for the Boston Marathon.
Boston was Annemarie's eighth marathon. She had also run New York City three times, Baltimore, Chicago, Berlin and Amsterdam.
Cheers to Annemarie!!