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Bobbi Gibb: First Female Boston Marathon Runner Makes History

A bout of bronchitis kept Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb from running in the 2016 Boston Marathon. Instead, she served as Grand Marshal of the famous race. But, 50 years ago, when women were not allowed to enter the Boston Marathon, Gibb ran the race anyway -making history and forever changing women’s sports.

In this episode of Lisa.FM Thrive! Gibb explains how, dressed in her brother’s Bermuda shorts, she jumped out of bushes near the starting line to run the race. She talks about what the other runners did when they figured out there was a woman in the race and what happened afterward.

“We had a sense at that moment that things were never going to be the same again,” said Gibb.

Learn the reason Race officials gave her for not allowing her to race in 1966, and how she turned the rejection into an opportunity to speak up for social justice. Gibb also shares the experience that moved her to tears at this year’s Boston Marathon.

Today, Bobbi is a true Renissance Woman, she is an artist and also studies neuroscience. A fundraising effort is underway to have Bobbi create a sculpture of herself – or a generic female runner – to go on display in Boston. Click this link to learn more or donate. And, be sure to connect with Bobbi Gibb via her Faceook page.

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