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

By: Rachel Swaby

Kit Fox

The untold true story of runner Maureen Wilton, whose world record-breaking marathon time at age thirteen was met first with misogyny and controversy, but ultimately with triumph.

In 1967, a thirteen-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 teammates, Wilton was already a headline-making athlete. But her accomplishment was greeted with controversy and misogynistic accusations of cheating. Wilton receded into the background, left the sport, and kept her achievement secret. This is the story of what happened, and how Maureen found her way back to the sport decades later as the mother of a young runner herself. Introduction by Katherine Switzer, first official female participant of the Boston Marathon in 1967.

Introduction by Kathrine Switzer. Afterword. Sources. Notes. Index. Black-and-white photo insert.

ISBN: 9780374311605

JLG Release: Feb 2020


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Topics: Maureen Wilton (1953– ) , Women long-distance runners , Canada , Marathons , Women athletes , Running , Sports and recreation , Biography

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In May 1967, at a small race in Toronto, 13-year-old Maureen (“Moe”) Wilton broke the world record for a woman running a marathon. Yet there was no prize money, no trophy, and no fanfare. No one seemed to notice this incredible feat except Moe’s family, friends, and coach. At the time, women were not welcome in marathons. Long-distance races In May 1967, at a small race in Toronto, 13-year-old Maureen (“Moe”) Wilton broke the world record for a woman running a marathon. Yet there was no prize money, no trophy, and no fanfare. No one seemed to notice this incredible feat except Moe’s family, friends, and coach. At the time, women were not welcome in marathons. Long-distance races were considered bad for the female body, causing potential damage to the reproductive system. Paralleling Moe’s story is that of Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially register to run the Boston Marathon. She also competed in the same Toronto race as Moe. She registered with her initials to disguise her gender, and when a race official spotted her along the way and realized Switzer was a woman, he tried to force her off the course. It wasn’t until the fall of 1972 that the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) made it official that women could participate in marathons. Even then, they had to start 10 minutes behind the men. Following the thread of Moe’s running career, Swaby and Fox relay the history of women athletes and the sport of running. Enhanced with photographs of Moe during her running days and chapter and source notes, the text reads smoothly and has a somewhat conversational tone. Facts and statistics are seamlessly integrated in this title that will be especially appealing to sports aficionados and students of women’s history. Recommended for all middle grade collections.

Book Details

ISBN

9780374311605

First Release

February 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

B

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/3"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination

Topics

Maureen Wilton (1953– ), Women long-distance runners, Canada, Marathons, Women athletes, Running, Sports and recreation, Biography,

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