Senate resolution honors 1st woman to finish Boston Marathon

Runners approach the finish line of the Boston Marathon, a midpoint of a 5K race, on Boston Marathon weekend, Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Boston. The 118th Boston Marathon is scheduled to run on Patriots Day, Monday, April 21. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has recognized the first woman to finish the Boston Marathon.

A resolution was passed Thursday to honor Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb as she approached the 50th anniversary of her accomplishment.

Gibb, then 23, wasn’t supposed to be running in the April 1966 race because rules at the time barred women from participating. She hid in bushes at the starting line in Hopkinton and jumped into the all-male pack of runners.

Gibb completed the 26.2 mile course in about 3 hours and 21 minutes. She also ran in 1967 and 1968, but women weren’t officially accepted into the marathon until 1972.

Gibb, a Rockport resident, was recently named Grand Marshal for this year’s April 18 race.

The Senate resolution was offered by Republican Sen. Bruce Tarr, of Gloucester.

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