Paul C. Clerici





-race director



Bestselling author and award-winning former newspaper editor and sports editor who has written A History of the Falmouth Road Race: Running Cape Cod (The History Press), Boston Marathon History by the Mile (The History Press), and History of the Greater Boston Track Club (The History Press). His Boston Marathon History by the Mile book has been translated into Chinese and is now also being sold in China, as Journey of the Boston Marathon (Cheers Publishing, Shanghai, China). 

A freelance journalist, writer, photographer who has covered sports and running for over 30 years, he has written for and been published in the following media outlets:

MAGAZINES - Boston College Chronicle, Bostoniano (Italian themed), Level Renner (running), Marathon & Beyond, Meter (running), New England Patriots Weekly, New England Runner, North End Magazine (Italian themed), Orlando Attractions, Running Times, State Street Journal.

NEWSPAPERS - Brockton Enterprise, Foxboro Reporter, Medfield Press, Patriot Ledger, Sampan (Chinese-English language), Walpole Times.

WEBSITES/BLOGS - Recover Your Stride, Running Times, Strava, Tracksmith Journal.



Competes in nearly every running distance from the mile to the marathon - including two triathlons - and has won numerous Clydesdale and age-group category runner awards.

U.S. marathons include Boston (23 times); Cape Cod; Chicago; Flying Pig (Ohio); Hartford; Honolulu; Lake Placid; Marine Corps; New York City; Philadelphia; Portland (Oregon); San Francisco; Sugarloaf (Maine); inaugural Walt Disney World Marathon (Florida); Walt Disney World Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge (half-marathon and marathon in two consecutive days).

Outside the U.S., the Berlin Marathon (the week of the city's East/West Germany reunification); Dublin Marathon (Ireland); Montreal Marathon (Quebec, Canada); Niagara Falls International Marathon (Buffalo, NY to Ontario, Canada) twice; World Clydesdale Marathon Championship at the Kingston Running Festival Marathon (Kingston upon Thames, England).

Personal best 3:41:04 (Montreal); personal slowest 7:16:42 (2012 Boston when it was 91 degrees as he reached Wellesley).



Race director of the Camy 5K Run & David 5K Walk in Walpole, Mass.; speaker who delivers talks at libraries, historical societies, bookstores, running clubs, banquets, expos, book signings, meetings; media guest on TV (NECN, international broadcaster Voice of America, cable stations), radio (NPR, local and city stations); featured in media outlets including the Boston Globe, Cape Cod Times, Falmouth Magazine; recognized as historian with attributions in such publications as National Museum of the American Indian magazine and "When Running Made History" book by Roger Robinson; received documentary film credit for archival footage/assistance in "Boston: The Documentary" (LA Roma Films, 2017), “Free to Run” (Point/Yuzu/Eklektik, 2016).


TOP: Paul Clerici with some of his books. (Photo by Harrison Ball); ABOVE, LEFT: Walpole Police Sgt. Brian Becker high-fives Paul Clerici at the Camy 5K Run & David 5K Walk. (Photo by Christine Lee); ABOVE: L-R, four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers, Paul Clerici, 1982 Boston Marathon "Duel in the Sun" runner-up Dick Beardsley. (Photo by Tim Kilduff)