The story of 261 began on the streets of Boston in 1967 when a young Kathrine Switzer, wearing bib number 261 in the Boston Marathon, was attacked on the course, simply for being a woman. In this moment, she decided to face her fear and keep running. Step after step, mile after mile, she felt growing confidence and became the first woman to officially complete the Boston Marathon. Her 261 Fearless Moment inspired Kathrine Switzer and Edith Zuschmann to establish a global women’s running network that helps women to find their own 261 Fearless Moment.
Kathrine Switzer (Board Chair) and Edith Zuschmann (CEO & President) founded the US-based 501c3 global non-profit organization 261 Fearless Inc. in 2015. A global team of women and men are working on projects that enable women to take personal responsibility for healthy and sustainable change within their lives. The organization is funded by donations, corporate supporters, private and corporate contributors and program fees. Today, 261 Fearless offers women’s education and women’s running opportunities for women to discover their self-worth and potential and make choices to control their lives. We unite and support each other within our global social running network encouraging healthy living, a positive sense of self and fearlessness.
All Programs under the umbrella of 261 Fearless observe the following values:
Our Programs use running and education as vehicles for women’s empowerment. We offer:
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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