How the 261 Fearless Effect supported me to find the joy in running and made me feel empowered.

Welcome to our Community

Welcome to 261 Fearless Club New England. Our region is the home of history, innovation and the Boston Marathon, where the first woman officially ran this iconic race. In the same way that prominent historical figures and innovators were supported by their family, friends and communities to reach their goals, we empower women through running. Women supporting women to create a positive sense of self confidence and fearlessness. We at 261 Fearless Club New England want to be your supportive women’s community that guides you along your fitness journey. Become FEARLESS with us!


We are a female-specific running community that focuses on the fun, social, non-competitive side of running. We provide a safe, friendly and fun environment for women to run together. It's a great way to get fit and make new friends while you're at it. Building a community of support is just as important as getting out and moving.

Taking the first step as a new runner/walker can be overwhelming and intimidating. Many women find that a supportive place like our 261 Fearless Club is a great place to start. For more experienced runners, we offer a space where you can complement your own training while you encourage and inspire women new to the sport. Women of all abilities train together, support and encourage each other through running inspired activities and games. It is a revolution of women's empowerment, allowing fearless women to pass their strength gained through running to others.

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Hear Our Lifechanging Stories

We’d like to introduce you to several members of 261 Fearless Club New England. Read the inspiring stories of these amazing women and find out how their local 261 Fearless Club has changed their lives. Learn how they have been supported by their 261 communities and are now running confidently along their fitness journeys. Let their words inspire and motivate you to take your first, fearless running steps with us.

Ashley

Revere

Ashley

Revere

My name is Ashley and I am from Saugus, MA. I run with the 261 Fearless Club in Revere which I joined in June 2019. I am 32 years old. My personal barrier to running was that it was uncomfortable. I would start, get cramps or shin splints and quit. After my second child was almost a year old, I knew I needed to start exercising again to get back into shape. I had been working on my diet for a while but not doing any physical activity.

I decided to give running one more try. I decided to join the 261 Fearless club in Revere as it was a group of women who wanted to run to stay fit and not for competitive reasons. Our coach Angela worked with me to improve my posture, my breathing and my stride. As a result, running wasn’t uncomfortable anymore.

It was amazing to see how much energy I was wasting by doing those things incorrectly. Now, I can’t believe it, but I actually like running! It is really empowering to not only get better at something you didn’t think you could do, but to really enjoy it.

Beth

Boston

Beth

Boston

My name is Beth and I’m originally from upstate New York, now I live in Boston. I have been running with the 261 Club group Back Bay since May 2019. After 20 years of running I took some time off for not-so-happy personal reasons and I didn’t think I could get back into running without injury.

I really needed a way to get back into shape and combat menopausal/age related weight gain. My neighbor is a coach and she told that the 261 Club meet runs were not competitive as other running groups and focused on being fit while having fun. She inspired me to try out this women’s only group.

And then I did because I knew how good I would feel if I exercised regularly again, especially with female running partners which in the past always helped me lace up my shoes and get out the door. The 261 Club helped me overcome my fears by the fact that the 1 hour meet run is a combination of running, walking, stretching, games – totally friendly and not intimidating. 261 Club New England showed me that I really can run again when I thought it wasn’t possible.

Erica

Boston

Erica

Boston

I’m Erica, age 49, from Boston, MA. I run with the 261 Fearless Club group Back Bay. I joined in April 2019. Before joining 261 Fearless, I was a good distance runner when I was in high school. After all these years I still hold my high school’s record for the mile. But for some unknown reason I didn’t run again for 30 years.

I thought about it several times but it always seemed like the amount of effort to start was insurmountable. In March 2019 I heard Kathrine Switzer’s presentation at the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston. The next day I went to Marathon Sports and was fitted for a pair of running shoes. Kathrine’s story and approach really inspired me along with the other women that presented at the conference. I thought, “There are all these women out there doing amazing things. I can certainly do something small to improve my life.”

And then I did it and decided to try out a 261 club. The 261 Fearless Club New England has motivated me to run 4-5 days a week since I started six months ago. Since then I have run two road races, one track and trail race, and I’ve registered for a half marathon this winter. The 261 Club has changed my life by making me fall in love with running again and is helping me stay fit and healthy.

Kelly

Boston

Kelly

Boston

I’m Kelly and I live in Boston. On Saturday mornings I run with the 261 Club group. I have been running for a long time but mostly by myself which made it hard to stay motivated and focused and that took the fun out of it.

In March of 2019 I heard about a new women’s 261 Fearless Club meet run in Back Bay and I decided to try it out as I wasn’t looking for a competitive group as some can be that way. This group was offering the social experience I was looking for. The meet run description sound like we would have “fun” and that would keep me motivated and accountable.

And then I did show up at the 261 Fearless Club New England and the 261 coaches and the group showed me that it’s possible to bring back the enjoyment and playtime into my running. I love that we’re a group of women empowering women to be fit in a relaxed, all accepting, stress free way. Today my 261 Club gives me an outlet of fun to look forward to every week, taking me away from work and stress. It allows me to bond with other women with similar fitness interests. I feel like I’m doing something healthy for myself and sharing that time with others.

Marina

Boston

Marina

Boston

Mi nombre es Marina, soy colombiana, tengo 59 años y llegué a vivir a Boston en septiembre de 2017 con el propósito de reinventar mi vida. Dentro de los cambios que quería hacer uno era comenzar a correr, pero yo me decía: “a mi edad quizá ya es tarde”. Sin embargo, un día navegando por internet encontré el grupo "261 Fearless Club", yo les escribí un mensaje presentandome. Para mi sorpresa recibí una respuesta rápida, en la cual se me invitaba a la sesión de carrera del sábado siguiente. Leí y releí el mensaje, entonces resolví no asistir porque pensé que se tenía que ser atleta para poder correr.

Ante mi ausencia la coordinadora, Katina, me escribió diciendo que me habían esperado. Yo le contesté que yo era una mujer de 58 años y que además no era atleta. Recibí un nuevo mensaje de Katina en el cual me explicaba que no importaba ni la edad ni las capacidades atléticas para pertenecer al grupo, que era bien venida.

Entonces comencé a correr los sábados desde abril de 2019 y sigo corriendo porque correr me hace sentir bien física y mentalmente. Además, porque 261 Fearless Club me ha permitido practicar el inglés, compartir con mujeres que me ilustran en asuntos de la salud corporal. Y lo último que he notado es que me siento más liviana para caminar en general y respiro mejor.

Want to experience the 261 effect?
Join us!

Experience the 261 Effect for yourself by coming to one of our meet runs. We currently offer groups in:

Boston – Esplanade: Tuesdays 6:30 – 7:30 am 216 Beacon Street (Back Street side)
Boston – Back Bay: Saturdays 8:00 – 9:00 am Trinity Church in Copley Square, Boston
Revere: Sundays 8:00 – 9:00 am SBA /Whelan Parking Lot, 107 Newhall Street
Andover: Fridays, 6:00am - 7:00am North Andover Common Parking: on Osgood Street by Old Village Lane
New club launches will be announced on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Show up at any group run and try for free. All you need is a pair of running shoes.

We won’t judge you

No matter what your running ability or experience, you will be welcomed by your local 261 Club. We don’t mind how you look or what you wear, how much you sweat or how slow you go. We’ll help you with your running technique and set you on the path to years of running fun.

We won’t laugh at your questions

So many issues crop up when you begin running, no one will ever snigger at your questions. We’ll guide you through the basics of how to run, what to wear, how to stretch, the list goes on. No one expects you to know anything and everyone will be delighted to share their knowledge and personal experiences.

We’ll look after you

Our coaches receive high-quality training and ongoing education. We want you to enjoy healthy running and be able to get past the lung-busting first steps, so our coaches use games, drills and exercises specifically designed to help you run correctly, safely and injury free.

We’ll support you

A 261 Club is a community of women who want to support and encourage each other to be healthy and active. You will be amazed at how much it helps to have others who believe you can do it and motivate and spur you on. We’ve all doubted ourselves and lacked confidence in the past. Let us guide and support you.

There’s a whole world waiting for you

Joining our local club is just the beginning. It connects you to our global 261 Fearless community, which edu- cates and empowers women around the world. There are end- less opportunities and ways to be involved. Just be fearless and take the first step.

First 261 Club meetrun checklist

comfortable clothes

261 Club

COMFORTABLE CLOTHES. Just wear something you can move freely in, there’s no need for Lycra or technical fabrics. Layers are good so you can take them on or off according to how hot you feel.

trainers

TRAINERS

Any brand and any age will do, dig out the sports shoes from the back of the cupboard. You can invest in a new pair once you’ve got started.

sports bra

SPORTS BRA

If you have one; our coaches will be able to advise you if you don’t. In the meantime, just wear the most supportive bra you have and perhaps a tight fitting vest too to give extra support.

waterproof coat and dry clothes

IS IT RAINING?

Bring a waterproof coat and something dry to pull on afterwards.

hat, gloves, light scarf

IS IT COLD?

Wear a hat and gloves, a light scarf can be a good idea too.

cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, water

IS IT HOT AND SUNNY?

Grab a cap, sunglasses, sunscreen and a bottle of water.

LET’s DO IT NOW - with 261!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Become FEARLESS with 261 Club New England.