A Bloomfield woman will be running in the 121st Boston Marathon on April 17, 2017.
Jackie Freeman achieved her qualifying time of 3 hours and 37 minutes in the Leading Ladies Marathon in Spearfish, SD in August where she placed 12th overall. This was her second attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Her first attempt was made in June at the Swan Lake Marathon in Viborg, SD.
This marathon did not go as well as she intended due to a heat advisory on that day. She finished the Viborg race in first place for women, but her time was more than 30 minutes slower than the necessary qualifying time for her age group. Once she did achieve her qualifying time, she still had to apply for acceptance into the Boston Marathon to be one of the 30,000 runners entered into the race.
Her acceptance was confirmed this past week, and her finishing time made the cut by a mere 7 seconds.
Freeman lives in Bloomfield, NE with her husband Jason and their two children, Tiernee (9) and Ty (7) where they own and operate Freeman Oil.
She works as a school nurse for Hartington-Newcastle and Crofton Public Schools, volunteers as a cross country coach for the Bloomfield-Wausa junior high and high school team, and as a Girls on the Run Coach and Teammates mentor for Bloomfield Elementary School.
She loves the beauty of northeast Nebraska and many of her training runs took place on the roads of Knox County. She has ran from Bloomfield to each of the towns of Verdigre, Wausa, Bazile Mills, Winnetoon, Creighton, Lindy, and Crofton over the course of the last year in order to prepare for her qualifying race.