What is 261 Fearless you ask...
The number 261 is Kathrine Switzer's bib number from the 1967 Boston Marathon. She protected that bib while an angry race director attacked her in the second mile and tried to rip the numbers off her shirt. He was infuriated that a woman had entered his race, declaring that it was a men’s only event.
Even though she was terrified and humiliated, Kathrine got away from the official, thanks to help from her teammates. She went on to finish the race, and was so determined she said she’d finish on her hands and her knees if she had to. The bib numbers 261 stayed proudly on her front and back; though the official did tear off the top right corner!
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.
I am honored to be chosen to run the 2017 New York City Marathon with the 261 Fearless Team. Running has had such a positive impact in my life. I am thrilled to run this race with other "Fearless" women and raise funds for this cause. It is the mission of 261 Fearless to bring active women together through a global supportive social running community – allowing fearless women to pass strength gained from running onto women who are facing challenges and hence sparking a revolution of empowerment. 261 is the symbol that unites us as empowered runners. I support 216 Fearless, its mission and its values. I hope you will support us as we unite at the 2017 NYC Marathon through a donation to my 261 Fearless Fundraiser Team. - Elizabeth
More about Elizabeth:
I am a Virginia native and work in the technology industry. I am a graduate of Virginia Tech University. In addition to running, I enjoy watching my 14 year old son crush his running goals and cheering him on at his races. I also enjoy traveling, reading, watching my Hokies play, drinking good wine, and spending time with friends.
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