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Team Big Heart

On July 3, 2019, Team McManus ran the 2019 Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 5K as part of Team Big Heart.   It was an evening filled with magic and synchronicity which you can read about in Mary's blog. Mary is fund raising for The Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation for Tom's Falmouth Road Race. All book proceeds from the month of July are donated to the Foundation. You can also donate by following this link. Here are a few more fun photos from the race.


EXCEPTIONAL WOMEN on Magic 106.7 is the nation's leader in programming by and for women.  EW has won 44 prestigious awards and has put nearly 600 women in the spotlight.

Follow this link  to hear Mary's inspiring interview with Kendra Petrone


"Our latest guest blog post is here and it is a goodie! Check out this Spotlight on Chiropractic from someone who has spent her life healing and learning and now, writing and sharing! Thank you Mary McManus for this wonderful share!" Mary was featured as a guest blogger on Seaside Chiropractic's blog---A Celebration of Healing:Spotlight on Chiropractic Care

“Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.” - Denis Waitley.

Mary shared her inspirational story with Inspiration Matters in May 2019. You can read her interview here.

On April 6th 2019, Mary launched "The Adventures of Runnergirl 1953" at Paper Fiesta on Mile 10 of the Boston Marathon Route.

As Mary wrote in her blog, it was An Extraordinary Book Launch Party

Follow this link to hear Mary's inspirational talk and reading from "The Adventures of Runnergirl 1953"

Sign for Paper Fiesta

Mind Health Matters radio show with Dr. Bernie Siegel  Click on the link to hear Mary's interview with the pioneer of mind/body medicine: Adventures of Runnergirl 1953 with Mary McManus

Follow the link to hear Mary's interview with social media influencer, Frankie Picasso: The Good Radio Network Interview with Frankie Picasso 


David R. Hamilton, Ph.D. released the 10th Anniversary edition of his book, "How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body."  Mary's 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.

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On October 22, 2018 Mary shared her 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.

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:

Frankie L. Picasso
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, You are an Inspiration to Everyone.
April 2, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
Her nickname in gym class was “easy out Alper’, the last child called to a team, a cruel taunt from classmates who didn’t understand that the girl standing before them was anything but an ‘easy out’. In fact the miracle of her being able to play at all after contracting paralytic polio at the age of 5, should be enough to show YOU dear reader that what we have here is a tenacious, courageous, and incredibly determined soul who never took the ‘easy out’ but the road less travelled. You see, after incredibly, (maybe even unfairly) contracting Post polio syndrome in her adulthood, Mary McManus, an award winning Social Worker in Boston, a woman who worked at the VA Hospital, left a job she loved to heal herself once again after doctors told her she would be in a wheel chair within a year or two at most. At year two, Mary was running and finishing the Boston Marathon! Can you Believe it? Well do! If you want or need to be deeply inspired, motivated to get out of your armchair, and thrown into ice baths and more fun and great food then you can shake a stick at, then I highly encourage you to read this book. Also, check out this authors books of poetry as well- you can follow her journey to wellness and healing in her words.

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read for all walks (or runs🙂) of life!
March 8, 2019
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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


Follow Mary's adventures on her blog,  Adventures of Runnergirl 1953

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