Atsede Baysa may have won the Boston Marathon on Monday, but the trophy now belongs to the woman who paved the way 50 years ago for the 14,000-plus female competitors — Bobbi Gibb.
Gibb, 73, became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1966, a year in which only men were able to compete in the 26.2-mile event. She hid in the bushes near the starting line, and then jumped in with the pack of runners when the opportunity was right. She even wore a sweatshirt to hide the fact she was a woman.
After hearing of Gibb’s groundbreaking story, Baysa handed over her trophy.
After hearing of Bobbi Gibb’s ’66 pioneering run, champion Atsede Baysa decided to gift Champions Trophy to Gibb! pic.twitter.com/4tYTjcizHf
— Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon) April 19, 2016
Baysa had a remarkable race of her own on Monday, overcoming a 37-second deficit two miles from the finish line, then winning the race by 44 seconds with a time of 2:29.19.
Boston Marathon 2016