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LAUNCH for Rachel Swaby and Kit Fox / Mighty Moe: The True Story of a Thirteen-Year-Old Women’s Running Revolutionary
October 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Booksmith celebrates the launch of the new book by Rachel Swaby and Kit Fox, Mighty Moe: The True Story of a Thirteen-Year-Old Women’s Running Revolutionary. please join us!
“A story lost to history illuminates the unique way sports supports feminism . . . A story about what running really is: competing with other runners and not against them.” – Kirkus Reviews
Fifty-two years ago, a girl known as Mighty Moe broke the women’s world marathon record at a small race in Toronto. This was an era when girls and women were discouraged from the sport and the longest track event at the Olympics for women was 25.6 miles shorter than a marathon. Thirteen-year-old Moe’s world-beating victory was greeted with chauvinistic disapproval and accusations of cheating—as were many of her achievements in the sport she had excelled at from the age of ten. Within less than two years, the controversy took its toll and Maureen quit running.
Here is the untold story of Mighty Moe’s tenacity and triumph in the face of adversity as a young athlete—and of a grown-up Maureen finding her way back to the sport decades later. This inspiring biography for readers and racers of all ages showcases the truly groundbreaking achievements of an unassuming, amazing young athlete.
Mighty Moe includes an introduction by Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially register and run in the Boston Marathon (and Maureen’s only fellow female competitor at the 1967 record-setting race), and an afterword by Des Linden, the first-place finisher of the 11,628 women who raced the 2018 Boston Marathon.
Rachel Swaby and Kit Fox produced the Runner’s World podcast “Human Race,” where Mighty Moe’s story was first told. Rachel is the author of Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science—and the World (a Random House adult title) as well as its MG version, Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World, and Kit is a magazine editor at Hearst.