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261 Club

Bloomington-Normal / USA

Our motto

The mission of 261 Fearless Club Bloomington-Normal is to Empower, Engage and Connect women in Bloomington-Normal through the power of simply showing up and putting one foot in front of the other.


Our history

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.  Check out the whole story, in her own words.

Kathrine fearlessly continued on to finish the 1967 26.2-mile Boston Marathon after the race director tried to physically remove her from the course at Mile 2.

261 Fearless is a global community of women who have found strength, power and fearlessness from putting one foot in front of the other. This strength has allowed each woman to overcome doubt and adversity in her life and she has the ability and desire to give support to other women who want to take on their personal challenges through running or walking. This is a safe community of support, respect, friendship and sharing of accomplishments and a place for women who want to become runners and walkers to find their fearless through connection with others.

261 Fearless BloNo Membership

Your 261 Fearless Club Bloomington-Normal annual membership entitles you to join us each week, year round.  Your weekly one-hour running vacation, led by a 261 Fearless Certified Coach, 52 times per year!  Annual membership dues are just $45 - purchase online at our RunSignup Club Page. To download your membership application - click here and bring the completed application to your next Meet Run.


Want to check us out first? 

BY ALL MEANS, stop in any weekend.  Your first 261 Fearless Meet Run is ALWAYS FREE.  If you're not ready to become a member, you can join us any time you like for a $4.00 Drop-In Fee - just pay the day of the Meet Run, no RSVP necessary.  You can also purchase a Five-by Drop-In Punch Card to pre-pay for five drop-ins at a time. 


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