An Alma woman will participate in the 120th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18.

Lynn Martin, Alma School District accountant, will participate in this year’s Boston Marathon for the first time.

"The Boston is considered the ‘mother’ of all marathons, and I’ve not been up there," Martin said. "It’ll be the highlight of running for me. It will give me a big sense of self-satisfaction and is my ultimate goal."

Martin qualified for the Boston Marathon by running the White River Marathon with a time of 3:48. To qualify for her category, which considers age and gender, Martin needed to run the marathon in 3:55.

Martin started running eight years ago for exercise, she said. She first started walking and gradually increased her physical capabilities, she said.

"I just wanted to look and feel better," Martin said.

The Boston Marathon will be the fifteenth marathon Martin has run. Her first was the St. Jude Memphis Marathon in Tennessee in December 2009, she said.

A marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres or 26.21875 miles.

To qualify for the Boston Marathon, Martin has been training in program called the Hansons Marathon Method. The program requires participants to build up mileage and then taper off over a period of 18 weeks.

Aspects of the program include focus on strength, speed, goal pace and mileage. Martin has built up to running 56 miles in a week, she said.

About 27,000 people are expected to participate in the race, with about 19,000 of the participants qualified runners, Martin said.

This will be Martin’s first trip to Boston and she has plans with her husband to spend a week in the area sight seeing, she said.

The Boston Marathon will begin at 8:50 a.m. on April 18 and will air on NBC Sports Network.