BBW2: Boston Marathon Finish Line, Tortoise and Hare Sculpture

Pictured Above: Joan Benoit Samuelson winning the Boston Marathon in 1983
Location: Copley Square

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Boston Marathon in 1996, Nancy Schon, a former marathon runner, created the sculpture, The Hare and the Tortoise, at the finish line. Her Make Way for Ducklings statue is located in the Public Garden. A bronze circle recessed in the pavement displays the names of all the Boston marathon winners. Women were not allowed to enter the marathon as official runners until 1972 when Nina Kuscsik became the first female to be crowned with the laurel wreath. The first unofficial woman winner was Roberta Gibb in 1966. Joan Benoit Samuelson, who in 1984 was awarded the gold medal in the first women's Olympic marathon, won the Boston Marathon in 1983. Other women Olympic gold medal winners who also placed first among women in the Boston Marathon were Fatama Robba, Boston winner in 1997 and 1998, and Rose Mota, Boston winner in 1987, 1988, and 1990.

Directions to Next Site: Look right across Copley Square.