One and done~xo
April 20, 2017
BENEFITING: 261 Fearless
ORGANIZER: 261 Fearless
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
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.
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.
Please go to the link and find me!! KAREN MCGILL
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.