Running for Red

Local Realtor to participate in Boston Marathon, hopes to raise $10,000 for Go Red for Women. Jen Mucci has a passion for running that compares only to her newfound passion for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red” campaign.

Local Realtor to participate in Boston Marathon, hopes to raise $10,000 for Go Red for Women. Jen Mucci has a passion for running that compares only to her newfound passion for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red” campaign.

Put the two together, and you get a unique plan to raise money that this energetic mother of two hopes to pull off this month when she runs in the Boston Marathon.

Mucci is asking her friends, family and clients to sponsor her run April 20 in an effort to raise $10,000 for the cause.

“The passion and drive that the Boston Marathon stands for is what ‘Go Red’ stands for,” said Mucci, a real estate agent with Cutler Real Estate.

Mucci always has been a runner. She qualified for the state track and field meet as a sprinter when she was in high school. After having her two children, she started running long distances with a regular group at the North Canton YMCA.

Her group typically runs five to eight miles per day.

“I hit the streets by 5:30 in the morning so that I’m home when the kids get up,” she said.

Health and fitness are her main reasons for running, but running also keeps her fit mentally.

“It keeps me fresh, my mind clear. It’s very therapeutic for me,” she said.

Fitness has been a part of her life since grade school, she said, adding that her whole family was very sports-minded.

“I always say that the reason I’m so fast is that I always had to try to outrun my three older brothers,” said Mucci.

Those brothers all still live locally, and she now has 13 nieces and nephews, many of whom also compete.

“I tell them you can carry things on even after you’re out of school. You can still compete,” she said.

She walks the talk on that one. Mucci amped up her schedule and ran the Cleveland Rite-Aid Marathon in May with a goal of finishing in less than 4 hours. She hoped to qualify for Boston — a feat that meant she would need to finish in less than 3 hours, 40 minutes — but that was a thought she kept to herself.

She achieved both goals.

Mucci was inspired to dedicate her next run to the “Go Red” campaign after attending a meeting with her friend Julie Vega, a volunteer for the campaign.

Mucci calls her run a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” for her and an opportunity to change the lives of others as well.

“I thought, ‘This is something I can do,’ and in these tough economic times, let’s come up with a unique way to raise money,” she said.