About 261 Fearless


261 Fearless: the global social running network - empowering and uniting women through running

Established in 2015, 261 Fearless Inc. is a global non-profit organization founded by pioneer runner Kathrine Switzer (Board Chair) and Edith Zuschmann (CEO & President). We use running as a vehicle to empower and unite women through the creation of local non-competitive running clubs, education programs, communication platforms and social running events. 

We aim to break down the barriers of geography and create a global community for women runners of all abilities to support, encourage, and inspire each other towards a positive sense of self and fearlessness. 261 Fearless Clubs can be found currently on five continents and there will be more soon.

261 Fearless Inc. is serving globally and based in the United States of America and has 501(c)3 tax exempt status. All financial and executive decisions are approved by a Board of Directors. Our funding comes from donations raised through Charity Programs in major US marathons; corporate supporters like adidas, our global sports apparel partner; private and corporate contributors and income from program fees.

261 Core Values

All programs under the umbrella of 261 Fearless follow the following values

  • We provide healthy and sustainable non-competitive running opportunities for women to become fearless and build self-esteem
  • We empower women to embrace the social and fun side of running so that they may give support to other women who want to become fearless through running
  • We foster a global running community inclusive of all abilities, body-types, ethnicities, religious backgrounds, socio-economic statuses, and sexual orientations 
  • We create safe and secure quality communication channels for engagement 
  • We lead in unique run coaching programs for women
  • We provide leadership training for guiding women's groups
  • We develop innovative coaching programs for women’s running groups
  • We have expertise in women’s health issues

261 Impact

Learn more about our work and the impact 261 Fearless has made locally and internationally.


261 and 261 Fearless are trademark-protected brands, with registrations in the United States and throughout the world. Please notice: Any use of these brands without the express written authorization from 261 Fearless, Inc. for each such use is strictly prohibited. 


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