Jennifer Everett of Kansas City, Mo., will join an elite club October 22 in Hood River, Ore. Jennifer, daughter of Eileen and Bill Everett of Chillicothe, will run her 50th state marathon.
Jennifer Everett of Kansas City, Mo., will join an elite club October 22 in Hood River, Ore. Jennifer, daughter of Eileen and Bill Everett of Chillicothe, will run her 50th state marathon. The 50 States Marathon Club, stationed in Houston, Texas, numbers 4,321 members from the USA and 17 foreign countries. Jennifer began her career on the track team at Chillicothe High School from 1984-87. Her coaches were John Wheeler and Vicki Garrett. After high school she continued running for the pleasure and camaraderie the sport afforded. In 1995 she ran her first state marathon in Nebraska. In 1996 she completed the Duluth, Minn., race alongside her dad Bill and sister Gretchen. Her 10th state marathon in Tennessee made her eligible for the 50 States Club. She then set her goal to achieve membership. The travel and sightseeing benefits reinforced her resolve. Her best time of 3 hours and 55 minutes took place in Milwaukee, Wis. The altitude in states like Wyoming makes running the 26 mile, 385-yard race more demanding. Jennifer cited the Hawaii run in 105 degree heat on lava fields as the most difficult challenge to date. Jennifer’s mother, father, sister, nieces, members of her Kansas City club, The Runners Edge, and countless friends will be in Hood River to celebrate the occasion. After a short rest Jennifer will return to her 5:45 a.m. five-day-a-week gym time and runs of 25 to 41 miles. Her coach decides distances, considering strategic preparation for an upcoming event. Day six will find her doing Pilates and lifting weights. She trains with The Runner’s Edge on Saturday. Her new goals are helping friends pursue racing and supporting Girls on the Run (a club for grade school girls), AND – travelling to Greece to run the original marathon course. The smart money is on Jennifer crossing that Athens finish line in the near future.