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"Bobbi Gibb, first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1966, running without a number because women were not allowed into the race." The police ran after her and tried to arrest her. Women were not considered strong enough to run the marathon." Let's not forget this was only 50 years ago! We've come a long way.

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This is the story of one of the most iconic moments in women's running, the sport of running and the world of sports.

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from Women in the World in Association with The New York Times - WITW

The incredible story of Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon

Bobbi Gibb at the Boston Marathon Finish Line in 1966. Courtesy of Yarrow Kraner.

Bobbi Gibb first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1966. She had no number because women were not considered strong enough to run the marathon. Police ran after her in an attempt to arrest her.

Roberta "Bobbi" Gibb, the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon (in 1966 as an unauthorised entrant and without a number, because women were not allowed into the race). She clearly disproved the belief that women were not physiologically capable of running marathon distances

Bobbi Gibb, first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1966, running without a number because women were not allowed into the race