New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
Holli Flaherty
marathon@neaq.org
617.226.2127

The New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation, and is the only Boston-based cultural institution with a mission focused primarily on the environment. We are redefining what it means to be an aquarium, combining education, entertainment and action to address the most challenging problems facing the oceans.

Our hands-on, traveling education programs reach 45,000 children in diverse communities every year. Funds raised through the marathon team will be used to support these outreach programs, giving children and families from underserved neighborhoods what is often their first experience with marine life, including touch tidepools and free Aquarium admission. Each program incorporates conservation messages to help area youth understand the importance of nature, why they need to help protect the oceans and the simple things they can do to make a difference. The programs also encourage young people to be active in the natural world.

B.A.A. Moment 6

1972 - Women Official Entrants in Marathon

Although Bobbi Gibb was the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon in 1966, it was not until the 1972 Boston Marathon that women could become official entrants due to a change in AAU rules. Pictured (left to right) above are seven of the eight women who participanted in the first official women's field of the Boston Marathon - Nina Kusciak, Katherine Switzer, Elaine Pederson, Ginny Collins, Pat Barrett, Frances Morrison, Sara Mae Berman (not pictured - Valerie Rogosheske).