First Ladies Of Running
Fifty years ago, when Roberta Gibb wrote for a Boston Marathon application in 1966, she was told: Amateur Athletic Union rules prohibit women from racing more than 1.5 miles. Furthermore, women are physiologically incapable of covering 26.2 miles. Gibb ran Boston anyway, and finished in 3:21:29--ahead of 2/3rds of the male runners.
These and other stories of courage and tenacity are chronicled in First Ladies of Running: 22 Inspiring Profiles of the Rebels, Rule breakers and Visionaries who Changed the Sport Forever.
Author Amby Burfoot - an important member of Bobbi's 50th Anniversary Celebration Team - has been a Runner’s World editor since 1978. He won the 1968 Boston Marathon, has run more than 110,000 miles in his life, and is the author or co-author of six previous books.
First Ladies of Running is available through Amazon.com.