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 speaks up for social change. And, her interests
span a wide spectrum - from art to neuroscience. She's an artist,
and 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, click
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