Marathon Goddess Julie Weiss, who has already run 52 marathons in 52 weeks and raised more than $500,000 for pancreatic cancer research and treatment, is headed to Boston Marathon weekend as part of her year-long running book tour celebrating the release of her memoir, “The Miles and Trials of a Marathon Goddess.” To coincide with the tour, she is running “52 Races for 52 Faces” to personalize the fight for pancreatic cancer and to raise more money for the cause.
In Boston, she will run the 5K, guest on Bob Babbitt’s radio show on April 12 at 4pm and appear on a New Author’s Panel moderated by the legendary Kathrine Switzer at 2pm on April 13 at the Marathon Expo at Hynes Convention Center. Julie will also sign books in the Authors Corner immediately following the panel.
Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, writes in the foreword to the book, “Julie Weiss was a self-proclaimed bad girl, an in-your-face teenager and out-of-control single mom who transformed herself through running into a beautiful woman who ran many thoughtful miles, found her own identity and took charge of her own destiny.”
One of the stars of “SPIRIT OF THE MARATHON II,” Julie went from being a face in the crowd to a much loved figure in the running community during her 1362.4-mile journey in 2012/2013. Since then she has gone on to run more than 100 marathons and has become a two-time grandmother. Showing no signs of slowing down, she began work on her memoir three years ago and continues to support the cause closest to her heart.
“52 Weeks, 52 Marathons The Miles and Trials of a Marathon Goddess” (ISBN r978-1-7326927-2-5) chronicles that epic journey and so much more. Recently released as an audiobook through I-Tunes and audible.com, the book is available in print and digital download through amazon.com. An upcoming book signing, and lecture is planned at Barnes & Noble, located at 1800 Rosecrans Ave, Bldg. B in Manhattan Beach, California on April 20 at 1pm.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book across all platforms will benefit the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research
The book is packed with inspiration for runners and non-runners alike. Following the sudden death of her father to pancreatic cancer, the book chronicles Julie’s transformation from an overweight single mother hooked on anti-depressants to an influential role model whose hard-fought tenacity offers powerful lessons for anyone looking to affect lasting changes in their lives. To bring the book to fruition, Julie reached out to respected writers John Hanc and Ali Nolan. Ali Nolan is a writer and features editor for “Runner’s World” and “Bicycling” magazines. John Hanc is the author/co-author of 17 books, including his own award-winning memoir “The Coolest Race on Earth” (about Hanc’s experience running the Antarctica Marathon).
ABOUT THE HIRSHBERG FOUNDATION
The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research is focused on finding a cure for pancreatic cancer and empowering the patients and families whose lives are touched by this disease. Founded in 1997, the Foundation funds groundbreaking scientific research, provides patient education and support, and sustains hope that this cancer will be eradicated once and for all. More info can be found at pancreatic.org
ABOUT 52 RACES FOR 52 FACES
As National Ambassador of Hirshberg Foundation, Julie’s mission to raise awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer. Running a different marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K each week, she will dedicate each race to a patient and her intention is to show the world that pancreatic cancer is much more than the devastating statistics: there is a name and a face behind every survivor and she’s running for them. The first “face” of 52 Races for 52 Faces was a dear friend of Julie’s, Lupe Romero-De La Cruz, who recently passed away from pancreatic cancer. Lupe was a nearly 7-year pancreatic cancer survivor who crossed the finish line with Julie at the 2013 LA Marathon after beating pancreatic cancer the first out of four times. Lupe has inspired countless patients since her diagnosis with her positive attitude and faith -she will be a driving force motivating Julie to throughout the 52 Races for 52 Faces challenge.
Julie plans to run in 10+ states across the US and throughout the 2019-2020 calendar years – all while working a full-time job. She will do book signings at race expos starting with the Los Angeles Marathon and is set to speak at the prestigious Boston Marathon in April. Other races on the calendar include the DC Wonder Woman Series and Rock ‘N Roll events, among others. The complete schedule is available online at 52Races52Faces.com. More information about Julie and the book can be found at marathongoddess.com
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Laurence Cohen, TLC MediaWorks