First Woman to Run Boston Marathon Joins B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital

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Boston Athletic Association
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16 MAY 2016
"50 Years of Women at Boston" Celebration Continues at June 26 Race as Bobbi Gibb will Reunite with 2016 Boston Marathon Champion Atsede Baysa.

BOSTON - Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, will bring her pioneering spirit to the B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital, on Sunday, June 26. Gibb, who was honored at April’s Boston Marathon in recognition of 50 years of women’s participation in the race, will take part in the sixth annual event. Gibb will also reunite with Boston Marathon champion Atsede Baysa, who gifted her 2016 Boston Marathon champion’s trophy to Gibb following April’s race.
 
Determined to return to the roads of Boston, Gibb will participate in the B.A.A. 10K’s festivities. Depending on health and fitness, Gibb may try to run the race, aiming to complete the 6.2-mile scenic journey through Boston’s Back Bay. The B.A.A. 10K would be Gibb’s first road race since 2001, when she completed that year’s Boston Marathon. 
 
Gibb was the first woman to finish the Boston Marathon in 1966, 1967 and 1968, leading the way for tens of thousands of women to eventually follow in her footsteps at the world's oldest and most prestigious annual marathon. A total of 12,168 women finished the 120th edition of the Patriots' Day race last month on April 18. Since Gibb’s pioneering run in 1966, a total of 176,466 women have completed the Boston Marathon.
 
The sixth annual B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital, starts and finishes on Charles Street between Boston Common and the Public Garden. The maximum field size is 10,000 participants, and a limited number of spots remain.
 
Despite finishing first in the 1966, 1967, and 1968 Boston Marathons, Bobbi Gibb never received a trophy for winning the race. When this year’s Boston Marathon champion Atsede Baysa heard that fact, she was compelled to gift her trophy to Gibb. Familiar with her pioneering legacy and impact on the sport, Baysa felt this year’s Boston Marathon trophy belonged with Gibb.
 
The B.A.A. has announced that Baysa will return to Boston to run the B.A.A. 10K, which sets up a reunion between the two champions. Gibb and Baysa share another connection in addition to their titles as Boston Marathon champions: they are both established in the arts. Baysa is a well-known singer and recording artist in her country, while Gibb is an accomplished writer, contemporary artist, impressionist, and sculptor.  Her artwork reflects the human and divine spirit, and she is currently working on a marathon sculpture project.
 
"Thousands of women and men running together through the streets of Boston is what I hoped would happen when I decided I would run Boston 50 years ago," said Gibb. "It is so amazing to be part of a social statement where young and old, fast and slow, and those from many walks of life all run together in the same race. I'm looking forward to being there, and I'm especially looking forward to seeing Atsede again."
 
Baysa, 29, came from far behind the leaders late in the race to win the 2016 Boston Marathon in a time of 2:29:19. She became the fourth female Boston Marathon champion to hail from Ethiopia.
 
A limited amount of entries are still available for the 2016 B.A.A. 10K. Registration and more information is available at www.baa.org. The race starts and finishes on Charles Street between Boston Common and the Public Garden, and the 6.2-mile course goes out and back to Boston University via Kenmore Square and Commonwealth Avenue. In only its sixth year, the B.A.A. 10K has become known internationally as one of the world's fastest 10-kilometer courses. 

 

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First Woman to Run Boston Marathon Joins B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital

Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, will bring her pioneering spirit to the B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital, on Sunday, June 26. Gibb, who was honored at April’s Boston Marathon in recognition of 50 years of women’s participation in the race, will take part in the sixth annual event. Gibb will also reunite with Boston Marathon champion Atsede Baysa, who gifted her 2016 Boston Marathon champion’s trophy to Gibb following April’s race.

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