Mary McManus contracted paralytic polio at the age of 5 and even later in life, when she was diagnosed with Post Polio Syndrome in December 2006, by May 2007, Mary took a leap of faith leaving behind her award winning career as a Social Worker at the VA to heal her life.
Her doctors told her that her near future included a wheel chair but in 2009, Mary  ran the 2009 Boston Marathon at the age of 55.

Once known as “Easy Out Alper” in gym class she was as far a cry from that misnomer as one could get.

Mary’s quest to heal her life led her to the sport of running that tested her mettle while fueling her journey of transformation from a survivor of to a woman who embodies faith, grace under fire, courage, determination, endurance and resilience.

She went on to run many more races and half marathons, proud at 62 to have run the Bermuda Marathon twice.