WOMEN AND MARATHON: ROBERT GIBB BOSTON 1966
“Hold on, what? What would you want to do, running?” “Sure, what’s strange about it? Just put your leggings on, go out and simply run!”
“I want to run a marathon!”
People thought you were too weak, unable to bear such a stress – but you never believed in those clichés.
You had found a way of training yourself without being noticed: in the forests around Boston, you got yourself loose and enjoyed one of the best ways to express one’s own self, running free into the nature.
The marathon, though, was the challenge: too strong of a call coming from those 26.2 miles, and such a tenacity against the refusal of the Boston Marathon’s organizers, who answered you that the competition was only addressed to men.
You jumped on a bus and, after 4 days of traveling, you reached Boston, hid behind some bushes and then…START!
You ran with your brother’s shoes on, but nonetheless you passed the Heart Break Hill. With bleeding feet you reached the arrival in 3 hours and 21 minutes.
You opened up a new Path, and ran to get much more than a mere personal goal: you ran to change people’s mind set!
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