From: Running USA
BOSTON — The Boston Athletic Association is honored to announce that Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb, the first woman ever to complete the Boston Marathon, will be running the inaugural B.A.A. 10K on Sunday, June 26.
Gibb, who cemented her spot in sports history when she became the first female to run the Boston Marathon in 1966, will compete on the roads of Boston for the first time since she ran the 2001 Boston Marathon.
Jumping into the 1966 race in Hopkinton, the 23-year-old ran the course and crossed the finish on Boylston Street in 3 hours, 21 minutes, 40 seconds. Until that time, women were told they could not complete the marathon distance, and weren’t allowed to officially compete in the Boston Marathon. Her accomplishment remains an inspirational milestone of women athletics. In the 2011 edition of the world’ oldest continually run marathon, a race record 10,074 women finished the race.
On Tuesday, June 28, Gibb will be inducted into The Sports Museum of New England Hall of Fame at TD Garden as part of “The Tradition”. Gibb is one of a six person class that includes NBA Hall of Famer and Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird, boxing star Micky Ward, and Bruins standout Willie O’Ree. Presenting Gibb with her Special Achievement Award on June 28 will be Joan Benoit Samuelson, the two-time champion of the Boston Marathon (1979, 1983) and winner of the first women’s Olympic Marathon in 1984.
Both pioneers of women’s distance running, Gibb and Samuelson will celebrate their journeys at the first B.A.A. 10K. Along with 4,000 other participants, the two are set to run the 6.2-mile scenic tour through Boston’s Back Bay, which starts and finishes on Charles Street between Boston Common and the Public Garden.