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Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb (1942-present)In the mid 1900s, women were deemed physiologically incapable of running marathons. Roberta Gibb was denied the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon because of this and in 1966, snuck into the race and competed alongside her male counterparts, beating half of them.
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