Mighty Moe

Mighty Moe

by Kit Fox and Rachel Swaby

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 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 Shalane Flanagan, winner of the 2017 NYC Marathon; afterword by Katherine Switzer, first official female participant of the Boston Marathon in 1967.

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About the Author

About Kit Fox

Kit Fox is a producer for the podcast Runner's World, in addition to being an editor at Runner's World. He lives in Pennsylvania.  

About Rachel Swaby

Rachel Swaby is a producer of the podcast Runner's World, and the author of Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science—and the World (a Random House adult title) as well as its young readers adaptation, Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World. She lives in Los Angeles.