Global nonprofit aims to empower women through running
Seneca Falls, N.Y. – Generations Bank, organizing sponsor of the second annual Women’s Right to Run, announced that the run has been named a partner event for 261 Fearless Inc., a global non-profit social women’s running movement founded by running legend Kathrine Switzer, for the second year in a row. The Right to Run 19K/5K is one of four North American partner 2017 events.
Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry in 1967, wearing bib number 261. Runners and non-runners alike may be familiar with Switzer thanks to the iconic photo of a race official attempting to forcibly tear off her bib and remove her from the course because she was a woman.
April 2017 is the 50th anniversary of her historic run and she will be lining up on the start line in Boston once again to mark the occasion, alongside a team of 120 women from her 261 Fearless movement representing ten countries.
“The Women’s Right to Run 19K/5K is a true celebration of female empowerment. When I first learned of this run taking place in the historic town that is the Birthplace of Women’s Rights, I knew a partnership with 261 Fearless would be the perfect fit,” said Switzer. “I’m very excited to be returning for the 2nd annual event!”
Switzer will be in town for the days leading up to the event to attend various speaking engagements. On race day, Switzer will be the official race starter of the 19K distance, greet runners at the finish line, announce the winners and hand out awards at the post-race ceremony.