To Boston with Love. The Story of the First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon.
[Boston], Gibb Art Works/Worldwide Running Club for Peace, 1980, 1986. A self-published pamphlet by Gibbs about finishing the 1966 Boston Marathon -- after jumping in from her hiding place in the forsythia bushes at the starting line. Inscribed by Gibb: "For ____ -- many thanks for all your encouragement and support over the years. Your friend, Bobbi." Gibbs has also changed by hand her printed phone number for re-ordering copies of the book. There is a copyright date of 1980 but also: "Special 20th Anniversary Issue printed for Worldwide Running Club for Peace, April, 1986." Obviously, this would refer to the 20th anniversary of the run, not of the printing. Presumed first: we could find no earlier edition. Gibbs had applied to run in the marathon but was told that women were neither allowed nor physically capable. She finished with a time of 3:20. In 1967, Gibbs again ran unregistered, the same year that Kathrine Switzer ran after obtaining a bib number by registering using her initials instead of her name. Gibbs would beat Switzer by almost an hour. In 1968, Gibbs beat a field of four other women. The women's division was officially recognized in 1972. In 1996, 30 years after her first run, the Boston Athletic Association officially recognized Gibb's wins and awarded her a medal. A low tech production, 32 pages of double-spaced text, accompanied by simple line drawings, stapled into a two-color cover. Rust to staples; near fine. [#033907] $350
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