See How She Runs
Joanne Woodward won an Emmy Award for her performance as a middle-aged housewife and mother (one of her fictional daughters was played by real-life daughter Lissy Newman) who, after spending a lifetime giving to others, decides to claim a piece for herself and enters the grueling twenty-six-mile Boston marathon as an obsessive means of self-expression. Composer Jimmie Haskell also received an Emmy for his score. A stage musical, "A Long Way to Boston," based on this TV-movie, opened at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut in 1969, but never got to Broadway. Nancy Dussault and Shelley Bruce had the roles played in the film by Joanne Woodward and daughter Lissy.