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The story of Mo is so beautifully captured in this text, it felt like you were right alongside every milestone, every step of the journey. To have accidentally become a trailblazer at such a young age, Maureen elegantly stood for her beliefs and passions throughout her life. I read the story together with my girls, now 12 and 14, and they were cheering and hopeful the whole way through - capturing the very example Maureen sets for young women. Thank you!
I'd been looking forward to this book for years, ever since I heard Rachel and Kit's 'Human Race' podcast episode about Mighty Moe came out. Both authors did an excellent job of moving between Mighty Moe's incredible running career as a kid, and the history of women's running (and running in general). I couldn't put it down, even though I already knew the outcome from listening to the podcast. For Mr. Fox's first book and Ms. Swaby's second, they did a great job of telling a story without getting too into the details (as runners like to do). This is truly a book that anyone can read and enjoy.
An inspiring, well written true story about overcoming male perceptions of the determination and physical capabilities of females of any age who want to run the distance.. The book follows Maureen Wilton’s journey navigating the joys and disillusionments of the the running world in the 60’s. She left the sport as a teenager after years of innuendos of inappropriate behavior and cheating during her record breaking marathon run at the age of thirteen. The book does have a happy ending, Maureen, in her 50’s, finds her way back to the joy of running. Thank you Moe (and others) for opening doors for female runners to go the distance.
Few books--let alone running books--tell a captivating, personal story that embodies some of the biggest changes in the 20th century. But that's what this book does. Written in a manner that's accessible to all, the story of Mighty Moe is hopeful, sad, and profound. It's a swift read, but something that'll leave you thinking for a long time after. Even trailblazers lost to the world for decades can leave a powerful impact that reverberates across generations. And that's exactly what this very 13-year old did.
Highly, highly recommend this inspiring read. it’s incredible to me being born in the 90’s that only 30 years prior even a commonplace activity such as running was kept out of the reach of women .. as a young woman it makes me marvel and be thankful for the courage of Maureen and the countless other women that have come before me, so I can enjoy the freedoms I have today without ostracism of any kind.
Great read!!! I loved Moe’s story, from her early days on the running team to her race with her daughter as an adult. But the story is so much more, detailing the struggles girls and women have had over the years trying to break into the running world. This is a story of triumph, though, more than anything else. I highly recommend it!
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2020
It is hard to imagine that only 1 generation ago a young teenage girl broke the world record in the marathon! My parents were barely 16 years old back then and this book provided a perspective on how different the world was for women in sports during that time. I grew up in the 1990's and 2000's where I watched my sister excel in competitive and was encouraged to push herself as much as she wanted under the guidance of our High School Cross Country & Track coach. Nowadays my sister and I enjoy traveling the country competing in races all over and after reading this book I can only wonder how much of an impact Mighty Moe, her coach, and her teammates had on creating this reality that seems so normal to me. Thanks Mighty Moe, I'll be passing this book along to all of my running friends!