As an artist, poet, and runner, it is my honor to be fundraising for this special campaign - the Bobbi Gibb Marathon Sculpture Project through the 26.2 Foundation!
I hope your unique journey as a runner, or an artist will inspire you to donate for this project.
Why do I run? Let me share a short story about my connection with running, art in our community, and also with this amazing project.
I'm Brazilian. Since my 18 years old, I love to run. I have participated of many 5k/10k runs in Brazil. I have moved to Hopkinton in January 2013. At the time, with 40 years old, I didn't speak English and I went through all the moving challenges: new culture, language, cold weather...
One of my first social connections with the Hopkinton community was through the Hopkinton Running Club (HRC), where I met my best friends in town.
Few months after becoming a member of HRC, I was training for my first half marathon in Ashland in October 2013. I remember the day, when I went to pick up my BIB number, and I had the great honor to meet -for the first time - Bobbi Gibb and Bill Rodgers! I was so excited! :) I remember they saying that marathon would be my next step!
After few half marathons, I ran my first marathon in May 2015 in Providence, RI! So far, I have more than 20 half marathons in the books, one marathon and many 5k runs!
I also have been involved with many art and poetry projects since I moved to Hopkinton. I'm the co-director of the Creative Circles - Art for All program and the mission of our program is to build a strong and inclusive community through the arts – sharing contributions, inspiring one another, and growing together as human beings, artists, and community.
Art, Running and Community are my passion!
This campaign touches my heart deeply because will not only honor Bobbi Gibb, but will celebrate any individual who has the courage and spirit to create positive change for others! :)
For the LOVE of ART and RUNNING, join me! Let's do this TOGETHER!
The Bobbi Gibb Marathon Sculpture Project will be coordinated by the 26.2 Foundation, a Hopkinton-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has helped install other marathon statues in and around Hopkinton--all statues of male officials or runners. “We believe it is long past time to recognize the Boston Marathon’s great women runners,” says Tim Kilduff, of the 26.2 Foundation. “The fact that Boston’s first woman runner is also a great sculptor makes this project absolutely unique and appropriate."
The Bobbi Gibb Marathon Sculpture Project plans to raise funds from corporate sources, but primarily from modest donations by women’s running supporters worldwide. We hope you will support this important project so more people will be inspired to run.
Our campaign is based on the book - The Girl Who Ran by Frances Poleti and Christina Yee and Illustrated by Susanne Chapman. The children’s book tells about the courage of Bobbi Gibb as the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.