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261 Fearless Boston 2017

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One and done~xo
April 20, 2017

    4.17.17~ I suppose if I was going to get a tatoo, that one may be in the running. (no pun intended). I'll be honest, Monday was a struggle.  See more

BENEFITING: 261 Fearless

ORGANIZER: 261 Fearless

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

Karen Ann

THE STORY:

Dear Friends:

    I am writing to you today to ask for your support in my new adventure. I have committed to running the 2017 Boston Marathon as part of the Kathrine Switzer 261 Fearless team. 
(www.261fearless.org) 
    Kathrine broke the barrier for women running in the Boston Marathon 50 years ago by jumping in at the starting line and finishing the race, showing men everywhere that women did indeed have the capability of running and competing in long distance races.
    Those of you who know me know that the Marathon is an event near and dear to me. It’s the first sporting event I remember watching with my parents grabbing our annual spot in Coolidge Corner and cheering loudly not only for the frontrunners, but for the back of the packers as well. It’s a tradition that I passed on to my three daughters. They are now adults and have all run this wonderful race multiple times, and I have been there to cheer them on at Heartbreak Hill.
    In 2013 Boston’s small community was shattered by a terrorist event, but this hit home for me on a personal level. My husband, a BPD officer, was assigned to the finish line so that he could welcome our girls and our niece at the completion of the race; my brother, a BFD fireman, was assigned a block away. I left my post at HH after seeing all three girls and my niece pass us, and was driving towards the finish when I received a call from my sister telling me the awful news. After an agonizing 90 minutes I found out that all four girls were safe, and that my husband and brother were physically unharmed as well. This event changed our lives. My husband was at blast one, my brother at blast two. What happened in the year following was a lot of healing emotionally. April 2014 brought my husband right back at the finish so that he could have some closure, and two of my daughters were able to run this iconic race. The family once again took back the enjoyment this day brings to so many worldwide. 
    I am running this race because it’s been a lifelong dream. I am 56 and a first time marathoner. Cheering my family along has brought me some wonderful moments, but now with them cheering me on I will be able to show them that nothing is impossible. I hope to empower other women and show them that age is a number, dreams can come true, and perseverance will win every time. The 261 Fearless Foundation enables women worldwide to engage in sports where sometimes doing so is not safe. It provides resources to women and permits them to empower themselves through physical activity. My daughters were able to engage in sports throughout their life in a safe environment, and continue to do so. I believe that women everywhere, young and old, should have this basic right as well. 
    Please help support me in this endeavor. If you cannot help financially, a prayer or words of encouragement will be gratefully accepted.

Gratefully,

Karen McGill
Please go to the link and find me!! KAREN MCGILL
 

 

http://bit.ly/KAM261BOS

 

 

 

261 Fearless wrote -

261 Fearless, Inc. is a global non-profit organization founded by pioneer runner, Kathrine Switzer. 261 Fearless uses running as a vehicle to empower and unite women globally through the creation of communication platforms, clubs, training opportunities, ambassadors, merchandising and events. Through these networking opportunities, 261 Fearless breaks down the barriers of geography and creates a global community for women runners of all abilities to support and talk to each other, encouraging healthy living and a positive sense of self and fearlessness. 

It is the mission of 261 Fearless 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. 

The 2017 Boston Marathon is the 50th Anniversary of Kathrine's historic run as the first woman to run the marathon, wearing an official race bib (261) in the all-male event.  She had to fend off an angry race director at mile two.  After finishing that race, Kathrine dedicated her life to providing opportunities around the world for women to run. 261 Fearless, Inc. is the legacy of inclusion and empowerment that she will pass to others.  All fundraisers on TEAM 261 FEARLESS will line up on the Boston Marathon start line with Kathrine to celebrate another half century of women running. Together, we celebrate fearlessness on the streets of Boston.

The funds raised will go to setting up global 261 Clubs, training programs, a powerful communications network and events so that women, many in fearful places, are made fearless by your efforts.   In particular, we need the ability to bring our 261 Club model of social, non-competitive running to women all over the world; we know creating the community of running women transforms them, and we need to get our training and support team out into the communities who need and want a club the most.

$8,725

MONEY RAISED
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  • The Burke Family

    $50

  • Nelly

     

  • Krissy

    $50

  • Bonnie Knox

    $50

  • Pat Foley

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Caroline Cahill Canty

     

  • Bletzers

    $100

  • Jack Diamond

    $261

  • Laure Foley

    $100

  • Tom & Ellie Donovan

    $50

  • Kevin & Judy Burke

    $100

  • Rachel Romeo

    $20

  • Brian and Nancy Harris

    $50

  • Barbara Reardon

    $26.10

  • Donna and Eddie Dominguez

    $100

  • jill kourafas

    $50

  • Laura Dosdall

     

  • Caitlin and Brendan Paget

    $50

  • Mary Heil

    $26.10

  • Calley and David Frederick

    $26.10

  • Caroline Slater

    $26.10

  • Chantal Brandimarte

     

  • Jackie Burke

    $50

  • Tom

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Beth m

     

  • Jacquelyn Tierney

    $26.10

  • carla odriscoll

    $25

  • Sue Baxter

    $26.10

  • Annie

    $50

  • Jane Mahoney Lynch

     

  • Linda Orlando

    $50

  • Elizabeth Sean and Roddy Gray

    $100

  • Vivienne O'Dwyer

    $50

  • Amelia Moore

    $26.10

  • The Marinos

    $50

  • Kaira Kachadurian

     

  • Karen McGill

    $575

  • More donations from Squares and Karen and Kathy Shea's donations!

    $205

  • amy farrell

    $100

  • Curt Bletzer

    $50

  • Stephen and Bridget Murphy

    $100

  • Eileen Mulligan

    $100

  • The Harrington's

    $100

  • Owen and Ana

    $100

  • Journey

     

  • DiTullio Family

     

  • Kate Soliozy

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Kathy Margerison

    $50

  • Kelly Nee

    $50

  • Rosemary Carr

    $100

  • Paula and Ken

    $500

  • Karen and Andy Gambon

    $100

  • Chris venti

    $100

  • Joe Casey and family

    $100

  • Will and Carol Gillis

    $100

  • 101.00

    $101

  • Karen Herbst Grogan & Michael Grogan

    $26.10

  • Pez and Wendy

    $100

  • Dave Eisenstadt and Emily Woods

    $100

  • Hugh Curran

    $261

  • Deb and Bob McCourt

    $26.10

  • Keith Mahoney

    $100

  • Chrissy and Andy Carr

    $100

  • Stephanie zdenek

    $26.10

  • Bobby & Jean

    $100

  • Gayle, Chuck, Meghan!

    $250

  • Lola and Okie

    $50

  • Timothy McElroy

    $50

  • Melissa Spaulding

    $50

  • Jack Diamond

    $250

  • Judy Ryan

    $50

  • Patricia Etling

    $50

  • Karen Ann

    $285

  • The Cassola Family

    $100

  • Michele & Dave Joy

    $50

  • Jake & Nancy Santamaria

    $100

  • Judy Jose-Roddy

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Joanie and Richard

    $50

  • Karen Ann

    $60

  • Christina Novak

    $25

  • Mimi Connell

    $25

  • Uno Restaurant

    $116

  • The Maher Family

    $150

  • Jo-Anne M Golden

    $25

  • Your Neighbors, Tineke and David

    $100

  • Ann & Rick Conner

     

  • Mandy

    $25

  • Jennifer Lake

    $100

  • Patti Walsh

     

  • Steve & Collee Verity

    $25

  • Auntie Joan

    $50

  • The Mahoneys

    $25

  • Irene OReilly

    $25

  • Steve and Michele Meade

    $50

  • The Jenkins Family

    $50

  • Allison Durkin

    $50

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109% Raised of $8,000 Goal

The Team: $863,273 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

THOMAS GILLIGAN

Amount Raised

$19,826

 

273% Raised of $7,261 Goal

Fundraiser Title

261 Fearless

Amount Raised

$17,055

 

2% Raised of $1,000,261 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Angela Cusack

Amount Raised

$16,716

 

83% Raised of $20,261 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Julianne Marley

Amount Raised

$15,584

 

102% Raised of $15,261 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Gayle McMurry

Amount Raised

$15,511

 

129% Raised of $12,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Seana Roubinek

Amount Raised

$14,300

 

119% Raised of $12,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tanya Lindsay

Amount Raised

$13,355

 

134% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Christine Reffel

Amount Raised

$13,002

 

260% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Allison Durkin

Allison Durkin

DONATION: $50

For always being fearless... 2 years ago

The Jenkins Family

The Jenkins Family

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Steve and Michele Meade

Steve and Michele Meade

DONATION: $50

Go Karen! 2 years ago

Irene OReilly

Irene OReilly

DONATION: $25

Have a great run! 2 years ago

The Mahoneys

The Mahoneys

DONATION: $25

Congratulations for taking this on, we are rooting for you! 2 years ago

Auntie Joan

Auntie Joan

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Steve & Collee Verity

Steve & Collee Verity

DONATION: $25

Good Luck on Monday!!! 2 years ago

Patti Walsh

Patti Walsh

Go Karen! 2 years ago

Jennifer Lake

Jennifer Lake

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Mandy

Mandy

DONATION: $25

So excited for you . . you are going to crush it!!! 2 years ago