News and Events

book signing

March 22nd, March 27 and March 29th at 12am & 12pm ET 

Mind Health Matters radio show with Dr. Bernie Siegel and Lionel Ketchian.

                        Follow this link to Dreamvisions7 Radio (It will also be available in the archives)

March 26 from 1:00-2:00 pm

Mission Unstoppable Radio with Frankie Picasso    

Frankie Picasso   

An Extraordinary Book Launch Party Hosted by: PAPER FIESTA 

April 6 2019 3:00-5:00pm on Mile 10 of the Boston Marathon Route

Sign for Paper Fiesta

May 13 from 7:00-9:00pm ET

Join Mary and host Lionel Ketchian on the Happy U conference call for a Free Happiness Class. Call in number: 712-770-8010 and enter code 601695


“Happiness is an inner state of well-being that enables you to profit from your highest thoughts, intelligence, wisdom, awareness, common sense, emotions, health, and spiritual values.”  – Lionel Ketchian


On Mic With Jordan Rich Podcast

Jordan Rich                   

David R. Hamilton, Ph.D. released the 10th Anniversary edition of his book, "How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body."  My use of imagination, visualization and poetry to heal the effects of childhood paralytic polio and trauma after the diagnosis of Post-Polio Syndrome is one of the healing stories included in his book. To purchase a copy of David's life changing  book follow this link to Amazon.

David's book mary book


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On October 22, 2018, I shared my inspirational healing journey using visualization as David's guest on the book's companion Hay House Radio show:!/episode/how-kindness-can-heal-the-body

"Out of hundreds of stories I received about healing through visualization for the tenth anniversary of "How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body," I was absolutely blown away by Mary's story." ~David Hamilton, Ph.D.

Be sure to listen to my interview with Carl O. Helvie on the Holistic Health Show.

Read my article about running my first Tufts 10K in October 2008, "Running with God."

Follow my adventures on my blog,  Adventures of Runnergirl 1953

Subscribe to My YouTube Channel.

Purchase my books on Amazon.

What people are saying:

An amazing woman I met online, full of the joy for existence, undefeated, passionate, grateful for every breath she takes and shining such a bright light on everything she experiences. Her running journal reveals a beautiful soul, determined to run the race and win her goal, one that makes us wanting to count her as “exceptional” amongst our friends.

Five Star Reviews on Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read for all walks (or runs🙂) of life!
March 8, 2019
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I bought this book because I’ve actually met Mary and find her to be an inspiration. While running comes naturally to me sitting and reading creates some anxiety. However I breezed through this book and enjoyed every bit! If you are a runner , you will definitely identify and find it an easy, excellent read. If you are not a runner, you will likely feel the same way. Everyone has a challenge that they are fighting to overcome or a goal they are striving to reach and Mary put such things in great perspective and provides fantastic inspiration in this book. I recommended it to my mother who also purchased it and also found it to be an excellent read!
Morgan on "The Adventures of Runnergirl 1953"

Going the distance is always easier when you have someone who has gone before you and can share with you their roadmap for success. That's what Mary McManus does for her readers in this book. Her personal story as a runner and survivor of childhood polio, violence, and family suicides is used as the backdrop for symbolizing what's possible despite a journey littered with unimaginable heartache and difficulty. Am I good enough, strong enough, and worthy enough to achieve my biggest dreams? If you've ever asked yourself these questions, then this book is for you. It's ideal for people of all ages, backgrounds, and dreams. You and your loved ones will forget any thoughts of giving up as you determine you are "going the distance" and nothing is going to stop you from crossing your finish line! ~Nancy Shugart, author and motivational speaker, Austin, TX on "Going the Distance"

For me as a non-runner, she is the embodiment of a journey of healing and “doing the uncommon”, giving us the burning desire to follow her path to achieve our own dreams contemplating for a moment the idea of “why not me?”~Florence C. Paris, France on "Going the Distance"

What a great, inspiring book! Written as if we were sitting in a coffee shop just chatting like long time friends! You don't have to be a runner to be inspired by this book! MUST READ! ~Trish T. Tampa, FL on "Going the Distance"

Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. It was touching and inspirational - a book you will be glad you read. The author is an amazing writer and I encourage you to buy this book. ~Rose C. Cambridge, MA on "Coming Home"

Mary McManus incorporates memories, as well as present-time events, to tell the story of her life after contracting polio at the age of five. Despite recovering from this disease she faced years of physical, mental and emotional abuse from her parents and grandmother.

Over the years the stresses brought on by these abuses accumulated in her body causing severe physical problems, and resulting in a diagnosis of post-polio syndrome when Mary was just a few years away from retirement. Physicians and therapists at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as other health caregivers, worked together to give Mary the spiritual, physical and emotional strength she needed to heal her body from its trauma.

Determined to do something meaningful with her newfound feeling of mental and physical strength, Mary decided to run the 2009 Boston Marathon to raise money for Spaulding Rehab. Triumphantly crossing the finish line of the marathon was just one of Mary’s many accomplishments described in “Coming Home,” as she valiantly worked to regain the person she had lost at the age of five and rewrite her past.

After reading her story, I have to salute the courage and strength she displayed in working through extreme trials which a young girl should have never had to endure, and which led to the beautiful and generous person she has become today. Mary, you are a survivor and I salute you! ~Alma Mc. Naples, FL on "Coming Home"

A beautiful inspiring book of poetry. I can't put it down. ~Jennifer S. New Hampshire on "Feel the Heal"

dedicated and upbeat runner and athlete ~Terry K. Boston, MA

Met Mary today when my son Dan was practicing for the marathon, what a wonderful women, glad I met her! Patricia S. Boston, MA

Recommend Mary McManus as a life motivator and inspiration. JD Davis Quincy, MA