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Bobbi Gibb Biography

Good Girls Don't Run…, Selected Writings By Gibb:, Chronology, Awards And Accomplishments


American marathon runner

On April 19, 1966, Roberta "Bobbi" Gibb became the first woman to run and finish the Boston Marathon. In a field of 500 male runners, she was the 125th to cross the finish line, shattering the long-held belief that women could not compete in endurance sports. Her accomplishments paved the way for the passage of Title IX and the inclusion of a women's marathon as part of the Olympic games.

Sketch by Pamela L. Shelton

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Famous Sports StarsMarathons