Welcome to the updated Marathon Woman store! Among other things, we're excited about our beautiful new Marathon Woman Logo being a part of our new products.
Here's a fun history of the logo: In 1972, after five years of campaigning, women were at last allowed to run officially in the Boston Marathon. I finished 3rd in the competition. My outfit for that race would have been popular today: it was a friction-free body suit and Grecian-inspired ballet wrap skirt. This photo of me running in the race appeared in media around the world and inspired women because it gave a touch of feminine glamour to the normally masculine-looking sport. It also was the inspiration for our logo, created by artist Nikki Slade-Robinson, who added the all-important 261 on my image.
What is 261 Fearless?
261 is the bib number that I wore in the 1967 Boston Marathon, the one an angry race director tried to rip off me during the then men's only race because I was a woman. I fiercely kept the number, finished the 26.2-mile marathon and went on to push hard for women's equality in running. Because of this determination and courage, '261' has come to mean FEARLESS, not just in sports, but in life. '261 Fearless' is now a global movement that empowers women though running and walking by connecting them through events that challenge them, clubs that unite them, training that enables them, and products that inspire them. Join us! Be 261 Fearless!
Note: Because the Marathon Woman store is too small at present to take on this big inventory, please first complete your purchases of Marathon Woman items on this site, and if you wish to order any of this great 261 clothing, click here. When you click onto Skirt Sports, you will leave this page.
Kathrine Switzer with a mile to go in the difficult Motatapu Icebreaker, an all off-road mountain marathon in the South Island of New Zealand. 2010.
Who is Kathrine Switzer?
Iconic athlete, sports and social advocate, author, and Emmy award-winning television commentator, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially enter and run the Boston Marathon. She has been honored widely for her achievements, most recently being inducted into the USA National Women’s Hall of Fame for creating positive social change. The ramifications of this work is both joyful and profound, changing forever the face of sports, health, and opportunities for women around the world and fearlessly empowering millions beyond the finish line.