A Force of Nature

Bobbi Gibb celebrated for art and historic accomplishments this weekend, Gail McCarthy, Staff Writer

Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb began drawing about the same time she started running, when she was a free-spirited little girl. Most of the world knows Gibb for her pioneering efforts as the first woman to run the Boston Marathon 50 years ago, but few know her as a working artist.

A half-century later, in honor of her revolutionary run and to celebrate her life-long artistic self, there is an effort underway for Gibb to create a life-size statue of a woman runner on the Boston Marathon course, under the auspices of the 26.2 Foundation, based in Hopkinton where the race starts.

The statue will find a home somewhere along the 26.2 mile marathon course. But before that can happen, enough money needs to be raised in order to help Gibb create the statue. A fundraising campaign has now begun for the Bobbi Gibb Marathon Sculpture Project, and several events are planned this Labor Day weekend in Gloucester to celebrate Gibb’s art and historic accomplishments.

“These special events are a chance to raise awareness of and build support for the Bobbi Gibb Marathon Sculpture Project, which will permanently recognize Bobbi’s place in running history,” said Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, an organizer.

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See photos of Event here: https://www.facebook.com/BobbiGibbMarathonSculptureProject/photos