Competitive running was historically a heavily male dominated sport. Think back to the first Olympics back in Greece. Women were not allowed to participate at all in the games and married women were not even allowed to attend the games.
The first woman to run the Boston Marathon was Roberta Gibb and that wasn’t until 1966 and she wasn’t even supposed to be there. Women were not officially allowed to run the race until as late as 1972! Roberta had to register for the event as Bobbi. Keep in mind the race has been around since 1897.
For the majority of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s men outnumbered women in official running events. However something changed between 2005 and 2012 and the number of women running events began to grow exponentially, with women now outnumbering men by nearly 2,000,000 in organized running events.
Women Taking Over Running
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