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.
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.
The National Women's History Museum graciously acknowledged Bobbi for her contribution to women's sports in their Facebook post of December 13, 2015. Based on the number of "likes" and "shares," Bobbi's courage is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. If you are on Facebook, search their page for Bobbi Gibb and you can join the over 99,000 people that have "liked" this post!
For the first time ever, Bobbi has donated two completely unique pieces to the Montserrat College of Art Auction in Beverly, MA. A rare chance to see her work and share in her love of nature and the universe. The pieces are entitled Purple & Gold Swirls and Cosmic Plan. The Auction is Saturday, April 2nd and always draws an exciting crowd!
“First Ladies of Running” Panel Discussion
Friday, Feb. 12, 12:30 p.m.
At Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon Health & Fitness Expo
Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall
1201 S. Figueroa St.
Roberta Gibb, first woman to run the Boston Marathon (50 years ago, 1966)
Jacqueline Hansen, LA native, Boston Marathon winner (1973), two-time world-record holder, and first woman to break 2:40 in the marathon
Cheryl Treworgy, mother of Olympic Marathon Trials favorite Shalane Flanagan, and first woman to break 2:50 in the marathon
Judy Ikenberry, 5th place finisher, 800 meters, 1960 Olympic Track Trials; winner first National Marathon Championship for women, 1974
Amby Burfoot, winner 1968 Boston Marathon, Runner’s World editor at large, and author of new book First Ladies of Running: 22 Inspiring Profiles of the Rebels, Rule Breakers and Visionaries Who Changed the Sport Forever.