Its has never been a secret that one of the causes I am proud to be behind is the 261 Fearless movement by Kathrine Switzer.
I have been asked and very excitedly accepted an invitation to join a new program and be one of the founding 261 Fearless Ambassadors.
261 was the number worn by a KV Switzwer in the 1967 Boston Marathon. At this time racing was not considered a women friendly event. An angry race director tried to attack her in the second mile to take that number away from her; angry that a women would of entered her race.
Kathrine continued her running career completing 39 marathons, and won the New York City Marathon in 1974. She ran her personal best in 1975, finishing second in Boston (2:51:33). She then put her substantial energies into creating the Avon International Running Circuit of women’s only races in 27 countries with over a million participating from 1978 to the present time. It was this series of events, which showed global participation and performances that largely convinced the IOC to include a women’s marathon in the 1984 Olympic Games.
The words regarding the 261 Movement are amazing.
is a global community of women, be she a walker, jogger, runner, or front of the pack racer, who have found strength, power and fearlessness from putting one foot in front of the other. This strength has allowed her to overcome doubt and adversity in her life and she has the ability and desire to give support to other women who want to take on their personal challenges through running or walking. This is a safe community of support, respect, friendship and sharing of accomplishments and a place for women who want to become runners and walkers to find their fearless through the connection with others. We take no notice of ability, body-type, religion or ethnicity as we all hold the universal language of putting one foot in front of the other. We communicate on social media as @261Fearless, through closed social channels and personally in our communities, clubs, groups and at events. We are here because sometimes, you just need to know you are not alone. If you are a female runner or soon to be runner, please join the 261 Fearless Movement.
261 Fearless Mission
is to bring active women together through a global supportive community – allowing fearless women to pass strength gained from running and walking onto women who are facing challenges and hence sparking a revolution of empowerment. 261 is the symbol that unites us as empowered runners and walkers.
I am proud to get out there and share my story. It is because of running that I have found my fearless side. Sometimes I needed to be reminded that it is in me; but I am proud of being part of it.
Running has truly taught me to appricate how strong I am. I also has gotten me to appricate that I did not need to be an unhappy person. That I have the power to define my life.
I am hoping by the end of the year in 2016 that I can help bring together a 261 Fearless running club here in Portland for everyone to get involved with running, to motivate and challenge each other.