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Mighty Moe: The True Story of a Thirteen-Year-Old Women's Running Revolutionary

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Rachel Swaby and Kit Fox present Mighty Moe, the untold true story of runner Maureen Wilton, whose world record-breaking marathon time at age 13 was met first with misogyny and controversy, but ultimately with triumph.

In 1967, a 13-year-old girl named Maureen Wilton set the women's world marathon record, running 26.2 miles in 3:15:23. Nicknamed “Little Mo” by her track

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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Barbara
Female athletes today would do well to read this fascinating account of the way things were for sports-minded girls and women just a few decades ago. Maureen Wilton grew up near Toronto, and she fell in love with running after seeing that her older brother received a ribbon for his efforts. Females doing anything physical that might cause them to sweat or exert themselves was frowned upon by others at that time. But Maureen had supportive parents, a coach (Sy Mah) who also wanted to nurture his ...more
Ms. Yingling
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Maureen Wilton saw her brother come home from school with a ribbon he won in a race, and decided that she wanted to win one, too. Eventually, she set a women's marathon record on May 6, 1967 with a time of 3:15:23. At that point in time, girls and women were not encouraged to run, but Wilton was very fortunate that her parents were supportive and that she found a coach, Sy Mah, who was willing to work with a girls' running team. Unfortunately, the rest of the world was still
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Carin
Last year I listened to a fascinating podcast about Moe Wilton that really annoyed me when it was over, it was so good. Turns out this editor also did because he reached out to the podcasters who expanded their research and storytelling into this terrific biography of Mighty Moe.

In 1967, Moe was thirteen years old when she broke the world record for the women's marathon. At this time women often had to run surreptitiously (she ran alongside Kathrine Switzer) if we could run at all, for men
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Toquinho
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many of us have not heard half of the many inspiring names in this earth’s history, Maureen Wilton being one of them. This book brilliantly illustrates who this girl was, and, most importantly, her legacy. Without her, many women wouldn’t have the courage to defy many odds, and I’m glad Rachel Swaby & Kit Fox decided to stand up for this figure. I felt like the writing was pretty good at conveyed the reader, though I felt like there could be more story-telling. Furthermore, I felt the book ...more
Booklover
What a pleasure it was to read this biography of a woman I never heard of: a teenager who was the first Canadian woman to run in a marathon, when women weren't allowed to run in anything longer than 800m. While reading this, I felt so proud of her accomplishment. I also felt emotional knowing she used to train in the area of the city I grew up in, and reading about how quietly she retreated in the background, unrecognized for most of her life for wonderful accomplishment. I appreciate her so ...more
Kimee
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Running has always been a part of my life, partly because it has always been a part of my mom's life. She was born in 1964. I didn't realize it until reading this book, but that was a year when women were still not allowed to officially run long distance races, e.g. the marathon, practically anywhere in the world.

I loved this book because it cured my ignorance of that historical reality, told a story of an unsung hero, and, through her story, articulated so much of what I love about running and
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Dorinda Brown
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book! A 13 year old girl breaks the marathon world record, but doesn't really feel her accomplishment until decades later. It is somewhat hard to believe now that only a few decades ago women were discouraged/ banned from running long distances. Women have accomplished so much in running in just a short amount of time, and this book highlights the struggle women faced in the sport through the eyes of a 13 year old girl.
Iris
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Valerie
Yes, I knew it was a juvenile biography when I checked it out, but I also knew the basic story from a podcast I listened to awhile ago. An interesting and inspiring story about a talented young female runner and the female runners who came after her and owe their place in the sport, in part, to her. A fun read for young kids who run (and adults who like stories about kids who run). ...more
Bobbye
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The writing wasn't stellar and the authors seemed to stretch to make this story into a book - but the story at the core was interesting. This was a great look at women's distance running and the obstacles for women and the sport.
Donlon McGovern
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amazing story about a amazing runner. I really enjoyed this book. Very well written and flows like a run. Highly recommend.
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