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BU Class Notes

Mary was featured in Boston University's Fall 2023 Bostonia Magazine Alumni Class Notes. “Hearing the powerful healing story of another,” she writes, “gives one hope and ignites a spark of what’s possible, despite all appearances to the contrary.”


Boston Run Show

Use Mary's FREE unique ticket code MMCMANUS at checkout to claim your tickets. See you there!

Mary is thrilled to be an Ambassador for the Boston Run Show. The Boston Run Show returns January 27-28, 2024 at the Boston Hynes Convention Center and it’s bigger than ever. Shop over 120 brands such as Puma, Adidas, Asics, Skechers, New Balance, Hyperice, Altra, Marathon Sports, The Boston Athletic Association and many more! Hear incredible stories and find inspiration from over 35 speakers on 2 stages including John Kelly, Laura Green, Ultra runner,  Hellah Sidibe, Scott Jurek, Kelly Roberts, Dave McGIllivray and many more! Get interactive with live action throughout the weekend like the Run Clinic by ChiRunning, The Treatment Zone, A Strength & Conditioning Zone, The Treadmill Tryouts, The Row House, A Kid’s Get Active Zone and more.

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Here is the link to her Ambassador page.


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In March 2023, Mary's story was featured on Mike Reilly's Stories from the Finish Line Presented by CURAD Performance Series. Read the full story by following this link.


Adaptx podcast

On 8/28, Mary was the guest on the AdaptX Podcast with host Brendan Aylward. Here is the link to listen. "This week, Brendan is joined by Mary McManus, an author, runner, and advocate for Post-Polio Syndrome whose impact on the world of endurance sports is undeniable. Listen to Brendan and Mary's conversation on the complexity of her diagnosis, her resilient approach to life, and her involvement in making endurance sports more accessible."

Adaptx book

Mary is a contributing author to the 2023 eBook "Creating Inclusive and Accessible Road Races" by AdaptX. You can download your free copy by following this link.  It's not just for endurance races but it covers a wide range of ideas that are applicable to many aspects of sport, recreation, and leisure - not just road races.


"Join us on episode 56 for lovely Mary McManus as she shares her remarkable and inspiring story of hope and unimaginable possibilities that she made happen after being diagnosed with Post Polio Syndrome and being told she would live the rest of her life in a wheelchair. But at the age of 53, Mary wasn't going to let that happen and she started doing something for the very first time in her life, Run. However before she could start that journey, she needed to get a pair of running shoes first."

Mary was a guest on Episode 56 of the On the Runs Podcast. Here is the link to listen to the full episode. On the Runs has a Youtube channel to enhance the podcast listening experience! The above is a clip from her episode.

Be sure to subscribe to their podcast on your favorite platform and to their Youtube channel for stories to uplift and inspire you!

BC In the News

Mary and her daughter Ruth Anne's intertwined running journeys were featured in the April 27th edition of the Boston College Chronicle. "A Boston College Student and her alumna mother have taken a similar route to recover from health issues" and in the BC News as a McManus family tradition of service.


Mary was a guest on the LA Tribune Show All Things Rex Worldwide in October, 2022.

"The Takin A Walk Podcast Series is about cool people, telling their stories of life lessons, business advice and triumphs.  It is also about ordinary people with extraordinary stories.

That is the story of Mary McManus on the latest episode of Takin A Walk.

Mary has known tremendous challenges during her life. From a family situation that ended in tragedy to her personal health challenges with polio the road has not been easy. At the age of five she contracted paralytic polio and at the age of 53 she was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome. She was told then to be prepared to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair.

Mary would not be brought down!

She took to writing poetry and used the pen as a divining rod for healing. Mary harnessed the power of mind/body connection through her writing and has been able to achieve amazing things in her journey of hope.

She has become a motivational force in the Boston community from achieving a goal of finishing the Boston Marathon in 2009 to continuing to share her story of resilience and hope as a speaker and an author.

I hope you can enjoy her uplifting spirit as much as I did on our walk at the Brookline Reservoir on this episode available here." ~Buzz Knight July 11, 2022


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The Cardinal Cafe is a podcast borne out of the pandemic, presented by Greg Chastain, Founder and President, and Ed Siegel, Vice President of Voices of Hope Boston. Mary recorded her interview for the podcast on 5/25th which marked the 14th anniversary of when she took a leap of faith leaving her award winning career as a VA social worker to heal her life from the once devastating effects of paralytic polio and trauma. They chat about how she overcame seemingly impossible obstacles in her life, and her newest book, "Hope is a Garden: Poems and Essays From the 2020 Pandemic." Listen by following this link.


Mind Health Matters

Mary was a guest on Bernie Siegel, MD's  Mind Health Matters radio show. Mary, Bernie and Deborah Beauvais, visionary behind Dreamvisions 7 Radio and TV Network talk about Mary's latest book, "Hope is a Garden: Poems and Essays From the 2020 Pandemic." Follow this link to be inspired as Mary shares her incredible journey of transformation from enduring childhood paralytic polio and severe abuse at the hands of family members through the gift of poetry, the power of the mind/body connection. running and her good fortune of finding her way to Bernie's work and wisdom. Tune in to be uplifted and inspired and rekindle your sense of hope and optimism regardless of the challenges you may face.



Mary's healing story was featured in the Heal Documentary newsletter and under Healing Stories on their website.


Boston Marathon

In September 2020, Mary was part of the Virtual Boston Marathon Expo speaking about her journey as a most unlikely runner as part of the Late Life Running-Whole Life Running Panel. Internationally renowned runner and running historian Roger Robinson moderated the panel with guests Gail Kislevitz, Jonathan Beverly and consecutive Boston Marathon record holder Ben Beach. They answered questions and offered insights about the benefits and joys that come with “even more miles.” You can watch the panel by following this link.


Mary sharing her inspirational journey
An enthralled audience listened with rapt attention as Mary shared her journey from a wheelchair to the finish line of the 2009 Boston Marathon and beyond at the Pre-Race Pasta Dinner Hyannis Marathon Weekend 2020!

Mary was the special guest speaker at the Hyannis Marathon Weekend in February of 2020 at the Pre-Race pasta dinner. It was an honor and a thrill for Mary to share the stage with runner icon Bill Rodgers.

Her blog post, “Embrace the Possibilities” captures the event.

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Mary with Bill Rodgers at the Hyannis Marathon Expo showcasing each other's books


David R. Hamilton Ph.D.’s “Tenth Anniversary of How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body” features Mary's journey of transformation harnessing the power of the mind/body connection to heal from the once devastating effects of paralytic polio and trauma. It's available on Amazon.

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In April of 2019, Mary was featured on Magic 106.7’s Award Winning Exceptional Women show. Listen here!

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"Polio Survivor and Brookline Resident Mary McManus has led a life of determination, running Boston, writing books and helping others along the way." Mary's life of being "scrappy and determined" was featured in the October 27th 2021 edition of the Brookline Tab. "Brookline Post-Pan (Not Quite): Mary McManus - A Life of Determination" by Susie Davidson paints a powerful portrait of Mary's journey. Read the article by following this link.

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"Into the Light: Emerging From the 2020 Pandemic" is a selection of the  2023 WBZ Book Club.