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The Boston Marathon Winner Gave Her Trophy To Bobbi Gibb

Photo via John Hancock Financial
Photo via John Hancock Financial

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.

Read More:
50 Years Ago Bobbi Gibb Became The First Female Boston Finisher
Go Behind-The-Scenes Of Our Cover Shoot With Bobbi Gibb

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