What: Unveiling of ‘The Girl Who Ran’ sculpture
When: Tuesday, October 5, 2021, from 6-8 pm
Where: Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton, MA 01749
Sponsors: The Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Marty’s Fine Wines, Start Line Brewing, and the 26.2 Foundation.
Please join us in celebrating women, art, and distance running with the unveiling of the sculpture of Bobbi Gibb on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, from 6-8pm at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA).
Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, is sharing her lifetime wish – to sculpt a life-sized statue of a female runner and have it placed on the Boston Marathon course.
“My hope when I began working on the sculpture was to create something that captures the power of the human spirit as well as providing inspiration for all who look to take on the challenge of running 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston,” said Gibb.
“We believe it is long past time to recognize the Boston Marathon’s great women runners,” said 26.2 Foundation President Tim Kilduff. “The fact that Boston’s first woman runner is also an artist makes this unveiling absolutely unique and appropriate.”
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Bobbi Gibb in person and Boston Marathon champions Bill Rodgers, Sara Mae Berman, Amby Burfoot, and Jack Fultz. Reception starts at 6pm and is followed by the program and unveiling at 7pm.
ABOUT BOBBI GIBB
Roberta Louise “Bobbi” Gibb (born November 2, 1942 in Cambridge, Massachusetts) is the first woman to have run the Boston Marathon in 1966. She is recognized by the Boston Athletic Association as the pre-sanctioned era women’s winner in 1966, 1967, and 1968. At the Boston Marathon, the pre-sanctioned era comprised the years from 1966 through 1971, when women, who under AAU rules could not compete in the marathon. In 1996 the B.A.A. retroactively recognized as champions the women who finished first in the Pioneer Women’s Division Marathon for the years 1966–1971.
Gibb’s run in 1966 challenged prevalent prejudices and misconceptions about women’s athletic capabilities. In 1968 Gibb finished first among five women that ran the marathon. It was not until late 1971, pursuant to a petition to the Amateur Athletic Union by Nina Kuscsik, that the AAU changed its rules and began to sanction women’s division marathons. Kuscsik won the initial AAU-sanctioned women’s division race at Boston in 1972.
While many people know Bobbi as the first women to run the Boston Marathon, few people know her as an artist. She finds creative expression through her bronze sculptures and acrylic paint murals.
For more information about Bobbi’s art go to: www.bobbigibbart.net
ABOUT THE 26.2 FOUNDATION
The 26.2 Foundation is a philanthropic non-profit 501(c) (3) organization with community roots in Hopkinton, MA. Its mission is to promote and support the sport of marathoning, as well as health, wellness and economic development initiatives through strategic investments in innovative, multi-generational programs on local, regional, national and global levels.