Book review for "The Adventures of Runnergirl 1953" from Dave McGillivray :
“A most unlikely runner stood to my right as I gave the oral command for the mobility impaired start of the 113th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2009. That most unlikely runner was Mary McManus. She overcame the childhood challenges of paralytic polio and years of childhood trauma to become a runner at the age of 53 years old and take on the challenge of the Boston Marathon at 55 years old. In “The Adventures of Runnergirl 1953” you’ll be inspired as I have been by her courage, resilience and determination to overcome whatever obstacles life put in her path. Mary’s life story set against the backdrop of running in “The Adventures of Runnergirl 1953” will leave you asking the question, “If Mary was able to accomplish all that in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds, what’s stopping me from being the best I can be?” Dave McGillivray Race Director – B.A.A. Boston Marathon
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"
“The Adventures of Runnergirl 1953” takes you on Mary McManus’ healing odyssey from a wheelchair to the finish line of the 2009 Boston Marathon and beyond. After the diagnosis of Post-Polio Syndrome in December 2006, Mary got still and asked for Divine Guidance tapping into the powerful connection she experienced to the Divine from an early age. She harnessed the power of her mind to heal her body, feverishly writing poetry in which she imagined herself healthy, whole and free from the shackles of her youth. Mary’s quest to heal her life led her to the sport of running. Her story is one that will leave you cheering for the underdog, discovering the meaning of different ability and experiencing the stunning view from the back of the pack of a race. You will have the privilege of bearing witness to how Mary overcame every challenge that life presented to her. The sport of running provides the backdrop for her journey and shines the spotlight on the very fabric that weaves together the running community. Through the redemptive power of running, Mary transformed from a survivor of childhood paralytic polio and severe trauma at the hands of family members to a woman who embodies faith, grace under fire, courage, determination, endurance and resilience. Running became a way of life for Mary that tested her mettle while forging friendships to last a lifetime. As you’ll discover in “The Adventures of Runnergirl 1953” nothing, not even a serious knee injury in December of 2014 could stop her on the roads or in her life.