Runner in Red, by Tom Murphy

Runner in Red, by Tom Murphy


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Runner in Red
A Search for the First Woman to Run a Marathon in America
by Tom Murphy
Historical Mystery
Pub Date: 04/01/18
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-948338-02-8
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There has been a long-standing belief that a woman slipped into the 1951 Boston Marathon undetected and ran the race. If that could be proven it would make her the first woman to have run a marathon on American soil. She wore “red,” as claimed by a group of Canadian runners who say they tried to bring the matter to the attention of race Director Jock Semple and other race officials. But to no avail, their story was never corroborated, and so today the “Runner in Red” remains a mystery and an urban legend.

A period piece set against the backdrop of the 2000 Boston Marathon, the Millennial marathon, this fictional mystery novel is also a love story, family drama and uplifting tale of the human spirit that explores the history of women’s running in page-turning fashion.

What reviewers are saying about Runner in Red

Runner in Red brings to life the urban legend of the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon in the 1950s, with a compelling story of a multi-generational family torn apart over the exclusion of women from the race, but ultimately reunited and redeemed.” —Leslie Wheeler, Author of Rattlesnake Hill (Encircle Publications 2018)

“Tom Murphy’s Runner in Red is an incredible story with so much local color and facts one could almost believe his book may be more fact than fiction.” —Gloria G. Ratti, Vice President Boston Athletic Association

“Tom Murphy’s Runner In Red is an entertaining, fast-paced, mystery thriller weaving real-life characters and historically accurate events into a scintillating tale about a search for the first woman to run the Boston Marathon – predating Roberta “Bobbie” Gibb’s iconic 1966 feat by fifteen years. This novel is a must read for all fans of running.” —Jack Fultz, winner of the 1976 Boston Marathon and trainer for the Dana Faber charity running programs.



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