My heart is full of gratitude to Atsede Baysa, who so quint-essentially embodies the human spirit of love and generosity.
I would also like to express my gratitude to the Massachusetts State Senate and House of Representatives, the Governor and Mayor, the Greek consulate, and the town of Hopkinton.
I am grateful for all those who made the marathon possible, such as the Boston Athletic Association, the Hancock Corporation and all the other sponsors, the athletes, police, National Guard, medical personnel, volunteers, spectators, all the towns along the course, those who set up and clean up, and everyone else who participated in this amazing event.
And to my own Bobbi Gibb 50th Anniversary Celebration Team; the committee of Boston Marathon Champions who launched the Marathon Sculpture Project; the media--who so generously helped me tell this story, and to my fellow “pioneering women”--a very special thanks.
These are just a few of the thousands of people who came together to celebrate life together and make the incredible 120th Boston Marathon a successful world-class event.
This year’s Boston Marathon was both inspirational and transformational. We saw again that the spirit of the marathon knows no divisions among people. The love that connects our hearts knows no boundaries and expresses the freedom that is so essential to the human soul. This year’s marathon can only be described as a huge love fest with hugs, tears and laughter. People from over ninety nations, all ethnic, religious, political persuasions and races came together in friendship, connecting with one another in heartfelt affection. All the artificial barriers we erect against one another simply did not exist.
This year’s marathon was about love— the love that is fundamental to the human spirit that overcomes all obstacles, and is the foundation of all meaningful human endeavor.
The source of this love in the human heart out of which all this wondrous existence is continuously manifesting— this is the ultimate mystery and miracle. We cannot explain it; it contains us, we do not contain it.
We celebrate this universal life with our being and that is what this year’s marathon was all about— re-connecting and re-experiencing that love, which connects all being and which is the fountain of all life.
New England Cable News, an NBCUniversal-owned cable news network, interviewed Bobbi on her historic marathon run. You can see the full TV interview by clicking on the invisible link here: _.
A group of Hopkinton residents with the support of the 26.2 Foundation and Unibank have joined force to sponsor an event to help raise funds for the Bobbi Gibb Marathon Sculpture Project on Wednesday, April 13, at the Hopkinton Country Club, 204 Saddle Hill Road, Hopkinton, MA.
Ticket prices range from $20 to $100. Please see http://tinyurl.com/ztjt6h7 for details.
To honor Bobbi's historic run, Tracksmith New England, a premium performance apparel company, has created an art gallery space in the marathon vicinity where Bobbi's art will be on display. The official opening of the gallery is April 8 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at 899 Boylston St., in Boston. To RSVP for the event, please visit: https://tracksmithbobbigibbgallery.splashthat.com/
CBS affiliate WBZ-TV aired an interview with Bobbi on her contribution to the marathon and her new Marathon Sculpture Project. The short news interview can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/haybovf
seARTS (Society for the Encouragement of the Arts on Cape Ann) announced the Bobbi Gibb Marathon Sculpture Project, whose goal is to raise funds for Bobbi to sculpt a life-sized bronze statue of a female runner which will be installed on the Boston Marathon course. The fundraising project is being run by the 26.2 Foundation, a Hopkinton, Massachusetts nonprofit who has successfully raised capital to erect other marathon running statues in and around the Hopkinton area.
To donate (any amount) to this exciting sculpture project, please visit their website, http://tinyurl.com/jcsuenf.
The March / April edition of Art New England Online showcases Bobbi's artistic - as well as athletic - abilities. Rita Fucillo, in her article, "Bobbi Gibb: Contemporary Artist, Renaissance Woman," gives an example of Bobbi's sculptures and paintings which, along with running and her work as a neurodegenerative researcher, largely defines the Bobbi Gibb of today. You can see the beautifully illustrated article at http://tinyurl.com/zpc4s3j.
As Bobbi celebrates her historic run of 50 years ago, it is only fitting that she is acknowledged in the classroom for her pioneering contribution to women athletes.
The March 14, 2016 edition of the classroom magazine scholastic.com reports on Bobbi's 1966 running of The Boston Marathon, emphasizing the ground-breaking significance it had to women in general and women's long-distance running in particular.
You can read the full (but short) article at http://magazines.scholastic.com/news/2016/03/Running-Into-History