Paul C. Clerici of Walpole is the author of three books - “A History of the Falmouth Road Race: Running Cape Cod,” “Boston Marathon History by the Mile,” and “History of the Greater Boston Track Club.” “A History of the Falmouth Road Race” is the first book devoted entirely to the race’s legendary history. It includes over 40 years worth of stories, anecdotes, behind-the-scenestales, interviews, and fun facts from the race’s inception in 1973 to the present. “Boston Marathon History by the Mile” takes readers through the entire colorful 26.2-mile journey, mile by mile, town by town, story by story. With his unique vast array of experience and knowledge, Clerici brings the great race to life through informative, humorous, and enlightening detail that includes stories about every statue, landmark, event, and portion of the course from its start in 1897. “History of the Greater Boston Track Club” celebrates and chronicles the illustrious four-decade-old club whose members have included Boston Marathon winners Bill Rodgers,Alberto Salazar, Greg Meyer, Bob Hall, and other great runners such as Randy Thomas,Bob Hodge, Anna Willard, Tom Derderian, and coach Bill Squires.
A freelance journalist, writer, photographer, and former newspaper editor and sports editor who has been recognized in the “Who’s Who in the East” publication, Clerici has written for and been published in the “Foxboro Reporter,” “Walpole Hometown Weekly,” "Walpole Times” newspapers; and “Boston College Chronicle,” “Level Renner,” “New England Patriots Weekly,” “New England Runner,” “North End Magazine,” “Orlando Attractions Magazine,” “Running Times,” and “State Street Journal” magazines. A New England Press Association and Massachusetts Press Association award-winner, he was also a regular contributor to the former “Marathon & Beyond” magazine.
As a public speaker, he has delivered talks and lectures at libraries, historical societies, bookstores, running clubs, banquets; appeared at expos, book signings, group meetings; been interviewed on television (NECN, cable stations, etc.) and radio (NPR, local and city stations, etc.); and featured in media outlets including “The Boston Globe,” “Cape Cod Times,” and “The Falmouth Enterprise.” 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 (the Boston Marathon 23 years in a row), the Falmouth Road Race several times - and has won numerous age-group and Clydesdale running awards.
A graduate of Curry College in Milton, the Walpole High School Hall of Fame member resides in his Massachusetts hometown.