Summary of “The Marathon World Record Holder the World Forgot”

Maybe it’s the fact that she was a tiny 13-year-old running her first marathon and stepped unnoticed onto the unpaved Eastern Canadian Marathon Championships course.
Amby Burfoot, winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon and a former Runner’s World editor, says it’s crucial to put Mancuso’s run in historical context.
Prior to lining up that morning, Mancuso was a devoted and talented cross-country and track runner, training five or six days a week with her brother and the local running club.
Mancuso went into the race knowing she could break the world record by running 7:30-mile pace.
Despite her showing that day, she says the officials didn’t even name her run a world record at the finish line, because she was too young to qualify for records.
While the marathon already wasn’t her favorite distance, Mancuso says the controversy over her race didn’t help.
Mancuso returned to her track and cross-country training and competed at the World Cross-Country Championships in Scotland when she was 15.
She gave the marathon two more shots in 1968, but because they weren’t a priority for her, Mancuso didn’t properly train for them and didn’t come close to matching her previous performances.

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