December 12 2017
Shalane Flanagan announced on December 11 that she intends to race Boston in 2018.
The day after she won the Boston Marathon in 02:29:19—after seemingly coming from nowhere with 5 miles left in the race to eventually take the lead for an exciting finish—Ethiopia’s Atsede Baysa gave up her champion’s trophy.
The recipient? Icon Bobbi Gibb.
Gibb was this year’s grand marshal of the Boston Marathon. This year marked the 50th anniversary of her iconic run through Boston, where she became the first woman to ever finish the Boston Marathon. Though back then she had to ‘bandit’ the race—because women weren’t allowed—she made history and showed the world that women could be long distance runners (at the time, it was thought women would die if they ran just over a mile).
Baysa learned of Gibb’s story and wanted to dedicate her to win Gibb. According to The Boston Globe, Gibb accepted the trophy with one caveat—she will return it in one year to Baysa with a visit in Ethiopia.