Specific Occasions Mark the 40th Anniversary of Boston Marathon’s 1st Women’s Race
This year’s Boston Marathon is special to us because it marks the 40th anniversary of women officially being allowed to compete. It was 1972 when Nina Kuscsik (bib number F2) became the first female winner, beating the other seven women who started and finished the race that day. To mark the anniversary, Nina and four members of the pioneering “Class of 1972″ will be the starters of this year’s women’s race. These five women, along with Bobbi Gibb (the first female to unofficially finish the Boston Marathon), will also be honored at the marathon expo and annual Champions’ Breakfast the Saturday before the April 16 marathon.
Seven of the eight women who make up the “Class of 1972″
It’s mind boggling to think that women have only had the opportunity to run in the Boston Marathon since 1972. Learn more about the pioneers who paved the way and the milestones that have resulted since after the break!