Bobbi Gibb lived in California and often ran along the beaches clear into Mexico and back. She covered twenty to thirty miles in training a bunch of times so she wrote to the BAA and asked if she could run in the Boston Marathon and was told that there wasn’t a women’s division besides women were to frail to run twenty six miles (which she knew from experience not to be true). She bought a bus ticket to Boston anyways (and her first actual pair of running shoes) and donned a hoodie to hide her ponytail and hid in some bushes at the start so as not to arouse attention. She set off from Hopkinton a few minutes after that gun had gone and made her way to Boston. Along the route, some older guys just trying to break three hours asked her why she was wearing a hoodie and she told them she was scared if someone saw her ponytail they’d kick her out. The guys told her not to worry, they didn’t care, and if anyone tried to stop her they’d help her out. So she ran and finished and became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. She ran it the year Katherine Switzer ran it, too, and beat her which I feel like a lot of people don’t know.

(I also feel like a lot of people don’t know that Katherine Switzer won the New York City Marathon by over 27 minutes and that she wasn’t just a revolutionary but also an elite athlete)