1st woman to finish Boston Marathon named Grand Marshal

As Grand Marshal, Gibb will ride in a pace car ahead of the runners

William  Rodgers
FILE - In this April 16, 1979, file photo, Bill Rodgers wins the Boston Marathon. It was the third of his four victories in the race. The first feature-length documentary film highlighting historical moments of the nation’s oldest marathon is in the works, tentatively set to premiere in April 2017 in conjunction with the 121st running of the race. (AP Photo/File)

BOSTON (AP) — The first woman to complete the Boston Marathon will be the Grand Marshal of next month’s race.

The Boston Athletic Association said Thursday that Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb was selected to mark the 50th anniversary of her pioneering run.

Gibb, a Massachusetts native living in California at the time, was 23 years old in 1966 when she hid in the bushes near the starting line and jumped into the all-male pack of runners. Women were not accepted as entrants then.

Gibb was also the top female finisher in 1967 and ’68. It wasn’t until 1972 that the marathon accepted female runners.

The 120th Boston Marathon is April 18. As Grand Marshal, Gibb will ride in a pace car ahead of the runners.

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