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26.2 Foundation - Promoting Hopkinton's Marathon Footprint
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A group of Hopkinton residents with the support of the 26.2 Foundation and Unibank have joined forces to sponsor a fund-raising event for the Bobbi Gibb Marathon Sculpture Project. The event will be held on Wednesday evening, April 13, at the Hopkinton Country Club, 204 Saddle Hill Road, Hopkinton, MA.

The evening will include a special presentation by Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon (1966), and Bill Rodgers, a four-time Boston winner. They will discuss: “Revolutionary Changes at the Boston Marathon: Women, Money, Drugs, and More.” The special presentation will be moderated by Amby Burfoot, 1968 Boston winner and Runner’s World Magazine editor.

The evening has two separate, but related parts:

1. A 5:30pm to 7:00pm VIP cocktail party that will include the special presentation at 6:30pm. The $100 admission charge includes hor d’oeuvres, 1 drink, a free poster created specifically for the event by Hopkinton artist Buff Spencer (and autographed by Gibb), and a free copy of Burfoot’s new book, “First Ladies of Running,” which includes a chapter on Gibb. You can get the book autographed by Gibb, Burfoot, Rodgers, and others.

2. A general event from 7:00pm to 8:30pm that will include short remarks, a cash bar, and dessert for $20. Posters and Burfoot’s book for sale separately. Seating is limited for both events, so early reservations are recommended.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit the Bobbi Gibb Marathon Sculpture Project. The project, with Joan Benoit Samuelson as Honorary Chairman, aims to raise funds so that Gibb can create a life-size sculpture of a woman runner on the Boston Marathon course. The Boston course now has several sculptures of male runners, but none of a woman runner. Additional donations for this project can be made at

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26.2 Foundation Executive Director Tim Kilduff talks about the International Marathon Center.

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The 26.2 Foundation is privileged to have 2017 Boston Marathon Invitational Entries -- Contact for more information.

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Another great interview with Bobbi Gibb -- don't miss your opportunity to meet her in person in Hopkinton on April 13 -- check our event details at

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Great video with Bobbi Gibb as she reflects on running the Boston Marathon. She also talks about her Marathon Sculpture Project which is being supported and promoted by the 26.2 Foundation.

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Another great example of Hopkinton's 26.2 Desire to Inspire program in action today at the +Hopkinton Middle School 
Desire to Inspire - Visit by Congressman Kennedy
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The Bobbi Gibb Marathon Sculpture Project will be coordinated by the 26.2 Foundation, a Hopkinton-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has helped install other marathon statues in and around Hopkinton--all statues of male officials or runners. “We believe it is long past time to recognize the Boston Marathon’s great women runners,” says Tim Kilduff, of the 26.2 Foundation. “The fact that Boston’s first woman runner is also a great sculptor makes this project absolutely unique and appropriate."

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Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Time Capsule Contributions —  Autographed Marathon Prints
Time Capsule Contributions
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26.2 Foundation Promotes Connections
to Learning, Greece and Democracy at
Hopkinton Middle School -- read the story online in the Hopkinton Independent at

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Act now!  Order your set of limited edition marathoni prints to help support the +Hopkinton, MA 300th Anniversary .
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