It is my honor to be fundraisng for this special campaign - the Bobbi Gibbs Sculpture Project through the 26.2 Foundation.
It's LONG overdue. 45% of the Boston Marathon field is now WOMEN!
I hope your own story of why you run will inspire you to donate.
Here is my running story.
I have been running my whole life- I'm 56 years young. It's been the one thing that has stayed consistent like brushing my teeth.
No matter how tough the run or how difficult the challenge, running has brought me joy. It has filled my life with incredible experiences and great friends and has given me better awareness of my own self and more awareness of those around me.
Running has made me a better person and it has even helped me create my business of inspiring others to run, www.CharityTeams.com.
As a young woman in the early 80's, I remember running from Boston to Cambridge to visit my Nana. She would ask me why I ran. She used to tell me that all I needed to do to have "shapely" legs is to wear a dress and let the air get at them. She could never understand how it made me feel. She thought all the bouncing would hurt my insides.
We all run for different reasons, and we have come along way from 1966 when Bobbi Gibbs broke the barrier in running for woman. I wish everyone I knew could experience the JOY and the benefits of running. The world would be a beter place.
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.