Boston Marathon History by the Mile

BM cover and author

Local journalist and runner Paul Clerici is the author of the bestselling book “Boston
Marathon History by the Mile.”

The award-winning writer takes readers through the colorful 26.2-mile journey – mile by
mile, town by town, story by story. With his unique vast array of experiences and
knowledge – he has run the Boston Marathon 23 times and has covered it for over 30
years now – Clerici brings the great race to life through informative, humorous, and
enlightening detail that includes stories about every statue, moment, landmark, and
portion of the course from its start in 1897 to its current incarnation. With forewords by
Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray and the first woman to complete the
race – Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb – the book also features a wide range of vintage and race-
day photos, some of which never before published. Read about all the great stories about
the very beginnings of the race in Ashland; the various start lines in Hopkinton; the year
in which a train cut through the race in Framingham; the Scream Tunnel of women at
Wellesley College; the Johnny Kelley statue in Newton; the different finish lines in
Boston; and much more.

A freelance journalist, photographer, and former newspaper editor, Clerici also delivers
talks and lectures at libraries, historical societies, bookstores, running clubs; appears at
expos, book signings, group meetings; appears on television (NECN, cable stations, etc.),
radio (NPR, local and city stations, etc.), and media outlets including “The Boston
Globe” and “Cape Cod Times.” Race director of the Camy 5K Run & David 5K Walk in
Walpole, he has also competed in nearly every distance from the mile to the marathon –
including two triathlons, 43 marathons, the Falmouth Road Race several times – and has
won numerous age-group and Clydesdale running awards.

He is also the author of “A History of the Falmouth Road Race: Running Cape Cod” and
“History of the Greater Boston Track Club.”

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