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Kathrine Switzer is an acclaimed speaker who addresses corporations, business conferences, universities and special interest groups with a message that goes far beyond running. Her inspiring, authentic and high-energy delivery of creating success in a difficult environment, turning negatives into opportunities, and fearlessly implementing social and cultural change has made many positive differences in lives and businesses. Please consider her for your next event!

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261 Fearless

261 has come to represent fearless in the face of adversity.

The number 261 is Kathrine’s bib number from the 1967 Boston Marathon. Women from around the world have been wearing the number 261 because it makes them feel Fearless in the face of adversity, whether it is a tough marathon, a difficult business presentation, or coping with the many challenges of life.

Breaking News:  261 Women’s Marathon – March 30, 2014

Kathrine runs with her new best friend Syaz in the Malaysian Women's Marathon 8K in Kuala Lumpur on April 7, 2013

Here it is!  On October 8th in Madrid, we announced the first “261 Women’s Marathon”. Global in scope, it will be held in Majorca, Spain, on March 30, 2014.

This marathon is named after my famous bib number in the 1967 Boston Marathon; the number I kept and finished the race with despite an angry official who tried to pull it off of me.   The number 261 has come to mean fearless in the face of a challenge, and this marathon will present a challenging, aspirational, empowering and welcoming opportunity to women everywhere because We Know About Challenge!  We changed women’s lives in 1967 and we will continue to do it.

Join us on March 30, bring all your friends to the beautiful island of Majorca and take a look at www.261wm.com.

I’m so tremendously proud of this honor! 

This and other future events will be designed especially for them, and will address their needs and respect their cultures.

For 25 years, Kathrine Switzer organized over 400 women’s running events in 27 countries for a million women.  She knows that women everywhere, of every ethnicity, religion, nationality…. of every age, size and ability…wearing shorts, skirts, capris, hijab, burqas …want an accessible means to fitness, and to run, walk—to participate! —together fearlessly.

261 events will make it happen.

Already in Austria, our friend and colleague Edith has created the Club 261 Mutig. This club concept of bringing women together is growing rapidly as we aim to make your participation accessible, fun, easy, and fearless.


Club 261 Mutig21 women on snowy night in Austria'13


Kathrine's 1967 Boston Marathon 261 Bib number The Story of 261

A race official attacked Kathrine while she was running 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.

Even though she was terrified and humiliated, Kathrine got away from the official, thanks to help from her teammates. She went on to finish the race, and was so determined she said she’d finish on her hands and her knees if she had to.  The bib numbers 261 stayed proudly on her front and back; but you can see from this photo of the old bib number where the official did tear off the top right corner!

261 is growing into a world-wide movement of women using running (or the thought of running) to communicate to each other.  261 clubs, events, charms, and even simple messages are being started as a way to reach out to women– many of whom live in fearful situations, and need fearless friends. Keep visiting here for more information as the movement spreads.

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