7-mile fitness challenge honors cancer victim

Fitness challenge
Jim Marucci has organized a 7-mile obstacle course fitness challenge in honor of his son, who died of cancer nearly a year ago.

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This fall, a 7-mile mud-run fitness challenge will have fitness fanatics sprinting to Hubbard Township.

But the challenge won’t just benefit the participants. It also will help raise money for a good cause.

Nearly a year ago, Jim Marucci lost his son, Jimmy, to cancer. Jimmy, 29, battled the disease for about nine months before succumbing to it in September.

Marucci decided to go big to honor Jimmy’s memory by creating a the fitness challenge.

“I think if somebody else was doing it in a different time or place and he was still around, he would definitely partake in this thing,” Marucci said.

Marucci organized a team that has been working tirelessly on designing “The Burner” ultimate fitness challenge. The 7-mile course challenges runners with mud, obstacles, water crossings and rugged terrain.

“We’ve put something together that will please everybody and it will challenge you,” said course specialist John Madeline. “You’ll be encountering some big hills with assistance of ropes that you’ll be able to use, water, creeks you’ll cross. Back in the woods, the hills are a little more steep, a little more fun.”

Personal trainer Chad Macek said courses like this are all about mentality, and most people are afraid of the challenge, so they don’t do it.

“Most of these obstacles are going to be body weight-based, so just work on push-ups, pull-ups,” Macek said.

And if the reward of completing such a complex physical challenge isn’t enough, participants should know that completing this course supports a good cause, with $5 of every ticket sold going to Akron Children’s Hospital.

“They have so much interest for so many different types of people that need help with their kids and, you know, I know what it’s like to lose one and I’d just like to see some people get helped,” Marucci said.

The fitness challenge will take place Sept. 28 at the Big Game Raceway in Hubbard.

For more information or to register, click here.

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