BRATTLEBORO -- Not even
a hurricane can discourage marathoner Heather Maulucci.
A small town girl originally from Guilford, Maulucci will put on her running shoes and take to the streets this weekend to hoof it through all five of the Big Apple’s boroughs, to compete Sunday in the ING New York City Marathon.
Maulucci ran her first marathon in Chicago in 2010 and just completed a Hartford, Conn. half-marathon earlier this October.
Maulucci attended Guilford Central School, then Brattleboro Area Middle School, until she transferred to Northfield Mount Hermon. She began competing in track and field in junior high with the move to Massachusetts.
"I think the race is a good way to wrap up my time in NY," said Maulucci, calling from Brooklyn, a place she’s called home for the last three years. "The great thing about running a marathon like this, is that you see stuff you don’t usually see when the streets are open to traffic. I get to venture through parts of the city I normally wouldn’t go, and I have complete freedom to do it."
The event will be viewed by 2 million live spectators and over 300 million will watch it on television. About 50,000 participants will travel the 26.2 miles.
"Those who come and watch can see how happy I am by the end of the race," said Maulucci. "I hope I inspire them.
Maulucci began her business career screenwriting in Los Angeles for major motion picture companies. She has appeared on television as an extra and behind-the-scenes, and has even worked on blockbuster hits such as "The Longest Yard" and "Grownups" which both star comedian Adam Sandler.
Maulucci is in the process of making a career jump back to freelance broadcast journalism, after working in New York’s financial sector, a move that will bring her back to the West Coast.