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/
WBZ-TV Interviews Bobbi
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
London Publication Recognizes Bobbi
It's so nice getting recognition from "across the pond." In honor of International Women's Day, a London publication honored Bobbi by running a fun pictorial article on her. http://www.studionicholson.com/blogs/features/132407111-vital-women-bobbi-gibb#
The best part of the article may be the last sentence, though. After giving Bobbi's age and mentioning she still runs an hour a day, the article ends with, ". . . we think she's a real babe."
Writer Gordon Vincent from Winchester, MA publication homenewshere.com has written a fabulous article about Bobbi's 50th anniversary running The Boston Marathon, highlighting Bobbi's running of the marathon in 1966 and her fundraising efforts on behalf of The Angel Fund for ALS Research.
You can see the full article at http://homenewshere.com/middlesex_east/article_95d36008-d71f-11e5-acc1-e310027f070c.html#.Vt-EkVtlwLw.email
By Rachel G. Bowers, Boston Globe, March 15, 2016
The first woman to complete the Boston Marathon will serve as the grand marshal of this year’s race, the Boston Athletic Association announced Tuesday.
Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb finished the race as an unregistered runner in 1966 when women were still barred competing in the race from Hopkinton to Boston. This year marks the 50th year of women participating in the marathon, though the BAA did not recognize women as official marathon competitors until 1972.