Paul C. Clerici

Join bestselling local author Paul C. Clerici in a rare bookstore appearance as he shares stories and photos about the iconic Boston Marathon. He has run the Boston Marathon 23 times and has written extensively on the race in Boston Marathon History by the Mile, Images of Modern America: Boston Marathon, and newly released Boston Marathon Traditions and Lore.

He will describe and illustrate such traditions as the connection between the Greek god Zeus, the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC, and the gold-dipped olive-branch wreaths each champion receives; the growth of the start and finish lines from its simple origins as a single line to its lavish colorful artistry; the unique athlete and culture exchange program with the Ohme-Hochi 30K in Japan that began with four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers in the 1970s; statues and monuments along the course, including one of runner-sculptor Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to finish the Boston Marathon and who created the life-size statue herself; the ever-changing beauty of the finisher medal; the evolution of media coverage; the athlete villages, one of which began in 1996 to accommodate its largest field of 38,000 for its centennial; and much more.

His storytelling is supplemented with a multimedia presentation of images from his books, which include some from rare collections and some never seen before! (;

If you're not able to make the event, you can order a signed and personalized copy by clicking on the book below. Add "Signed Copy" and how you'd like the book personalized in the comments section of your order. 

First run in 1897 as America's second and the world's fourth, the Boston Marathon attracts thousands thanks to its long and unique history.

What began as simple start and finish lines has grown to encompass a lavish colorful artistry. An athlete and cultural exchange program with the Ohme-Hochi 30K in Japan started with four-time winner Bill Rodgers in the 1970s. Artist Bobbi Gibb was the first female finisher of the race in 1966, and she was later asked to create her own statute along the route to commemorate the event.

Author Paul C. Clerici explores the history and iconic traditions of America's most famous road race.

Paul C. Clerici is a freelance journalist, writer, and photographer. The race director of the "Camy 5K Run & David 5K Walk," he has competed in nearly every distance from the mile to the marathon, including two triathlons, 43 marathons, and the Boston Marathon 23 years in a row. He is the former coach of the Greater Boston Track Club and one of its co-founders.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
111 South St
Plainville, MA 02762
Boston Marathon Traditions & Lore (Sports) By Paul C. Clerici, Guy Morse III (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Paul C. Clerici, Guy Morse III (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781467155977
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press - March 4th, 2024

A History of the Falmouth Road Race: Running Cape Cod (Sports) By Paul C. Clerici, Tommy Leonard (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Paul C. Clerici, Tommy Leonard (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781626198944
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press - July 6th, 2015