"Run for Jenny" Celebrates Murdered Madison Woman's Life

By: Madeline Anderson Email
By: Madeline Anderson Email

For those who ran the inaugural Run for Jenny 5K Run/Walk Sunday, they were honoring their friend by doing what she loved.

"She was an endurance athlete. So this is a great way to remember her ," said Jennie Mauer, who worked and worked out with Jennifer Boyce, also called "Jenny."

"We trained for the Ironman together in 2011," Mauer said.

But in a tragic turn of events this past January, Boyce was killed by her estranged husband in a domestic-related murder-suicide.

"It was really tough," Mauer said. "She was a really special person."

Now loved ones are hoping to fulfill some of the other accomplishments Boyce, 31, had planned for herself.

Money raised from the race is going to Girls on the Run. An after school program in Dane Co. that encourages movement and self esteem in elementary and middle-school aged girls.

"Jenny Boyce had planned to be a coach for us," Girls on the Run executive director Sara Pickard said. "All of our coaches for the girls are volunteers, and she was planning to join us this spring to coach and serve at one of our area schools."

Around $6,000 in registration fees will be given to Girls on the Run. Money that Pickard says is going to its scholarship fund, so that any girl can participate, regardless of her ability to pay the program cost.

"It's wonderful and it's awesome and inspiring, and overwhelming really," Pickard said.

"We're just happy to be here to reflect on her life and doing something that [Jenny] would have really loved to be a part of," Mauer said. "I think she would have been really proud of this event ."

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