Bobbi Gibb working on the Macquette for the Marathon Sculpture Project
It only seems fitting that someone who has as many varied interests as Bobbi Gibb does would be front and center at a handful of different events across Cape Ann over the next two weeks. The Renaissance woman's current focus is the Bobbi Gibb Marathon Sculpture Project, created with the goal of erecting a sculpture of Gibb, a Rockport resident, on the Boston Marathon course.
By Jason Brisbois / firstname.lastname@example.org
It only seems fitting that someone who has as many varied interests as Bobbi Gibb does would be front and center at a handful of different events across Cape Ann over the next two weeks.
Gibb -- who gained fame as the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon during a time when women weren’t allowed to participate in the sport -- is also an accomplished artist and author, has a law degree and does research on ALS as a neuroscience affiliate at MIT and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Read more here!
Julia Hanlon interviewed Bobbi in her home in Rockport earlier this month. Download or listen to this engaging podcast that covers the full range of Bobbi's passions - how they are interconnected and why she has pursued them. This interview provides a rich back drop to her current endeavor to create the first ever life size sculpture of a female runner on the Marathon course.
BOSTON (AP) — Some of the biggest names in Boston Marathon history are backing an effort to put up a statue honoring the first woman to complete the race — an accomplished sculptor who has been commissioned to create the piece.
The 120th marathon next week marks the 50th anniversary of Roberta "Bobbi" Gibb's pioneering run in 1966, when women were not even allowed to register. She hid in the bushes at the starting line in her brother's Bermuda shorts, pulled her hood up to hide her ponytail, and jumped into the all-male pack of runners.
Those who know her say Gibb, now in her 70s, is modest and has never tried to exploit her groundbreaking run for personal gain. She admits she's a little uncomfortable creating a statue of herself, but she's doing it to honor the tens of thousands of women who have followed her footsteps.
"I'm really embarrassed doing a sculpture of myself, so I would prefer to do a generic woman, maybe with the names of the first 50 women's winners," Gibb, who studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and still runs almost every day, said from her studio north of Boston.