The story of 261 Fearless begins with Kathrine Switzer (bib no. 261), who faced down an attack mid-race to become the first woman to complete the 1967 Boston Marathon. In 2015, she and CEO and President Edith Zuschmann established a global organization of running clubs dedicated to helping women of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to uncover their self-worth and potential through running.
“I discovered early that running always made me feel powerful, free, and fearless,” says Switzer. “261 Fearless uses running as a vehicle to empower and unite women globally through the creation of communication platforms, clubs, training opportunities, ambassadors, merchandising, and events.”
261 Fearless’ Work
261 Fearless is helping grow safe, supportive running communities for women by providing:
Local 261 Running Clubs in 12 countries on five continents offer non-competitive, non-judgmental, women-only spaces for members to take their first running steps and start enjoying outdoor activities.
261 Business Training provides one-on-one education and mentoring to women looking to establish their own nonprofit local 261 club.
Year-round Coach Education Programs educate women on topics like proper running techniques, injury prevention, and leadership skills like effective communication, mentoring, and differentiation. Coaches then lead 261 Clubs on weekly outdoor runs.
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