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Wonder Women Wednesdays: Bobbi Gibb

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Welcome to a new feature on our blog: Wonder Women Wednesdays! Every couple of Wednesdays we will be featuring women who inspire us (regardless of whether they have mythological strength or wear spandex suits). It could be a historical figure, a friend, someone famous, or local, as long as they serve as an inspiration. 

With that said, we would also like to invite readers to email us with suggestions of women to feature. If your suggestion is accepted, your empowering woman will be featured on our blog, and on our social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest). 


skinnyskinny organics is all about health and wellness inside and out, which is probably why so many of our readers are runners, yogis, hikers, cyclists, surfers, and more. Today we want to focus on a woman who helped to change the face of running...

Bobbi Gibb grew up in Massachusetts. Her love for running was something that came naturally. Fueled on that powerful runner's high, she saw running as an expression of pure joy and happiness. And after watching the Boston Marathon for the first time with her father in 1966, she knew exactly what she had to do. It definitely wasn't common for women to run competitively at the time, but Gibb didn't realize that it wasn't even permitted. With two years of training under her belt, Gibb received a letter from the director of the marathon stating that "women are not physiologically able to run marathon distances, and we wouldn't want to take the medical liability." She wasn't about to accept that, because the truth was she knew she could run, and it’s what she did next that changed history.

Gibb showed up the day of the marathon in borrowed baggy shorts, and a sweatshirt. With her disguise, she thought she could blend into the middle of the pack, and run the race unnoticed. It didn't take long for the men running around her to realize she was a woman. But to her surprise, they were not only ok with her running, they were happy about it and encouraged her.



"That was another item on my agenda, to end this stupid war of the sexes. Why do we have to be fighting a war of the sexes? We're on the same side in this! Men can have feelings. Women can have physical bodies that are strong.... you can be who you are.” - Bobbi Gibb

It didn’t take long for Gibb to overheat in her big sweatshirt that had served as her disguise, and armor. With the support of her fellow runners, she took off her sweatshirt and the crowd went wild. Spectators, reporters, and everyone in between were cheering and had to know Gibb’s progress throughout the race. It was an unbelievable sight for people who had been told this was impossible. 

Gibb didn’t just finish the marathon, she ended in the top third of runners. Six years later, it was made official, women could run in the Boston Marathon.

There’s so much to learn from Bobbi Gibb, whether you’re a runner or not. She had a goal, and instead of letting obstacles stop her, she found a way over them until she could achieve that goal. Never stop dreaming, and never back down from achieving your goals. You never know when you could be making history.


Sources:

The California Report

http://audio.californiareport.org/archive/R2013041...

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