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261 Fearless

In 1967, I was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with an official bib number. The race director was so infuriated that I, a woman, had entered his male-only race, he attacked me during the race and tried to rip the numbers off my body. My running buddy guy-friends bounced the official out of the race instead and I went on to finish. Since that time, the Legend of 261 has grown to symbolize fearlessness in the face of adversity, and women have spontaneously begun wearing the numbers to give themselves courage and heart…and to be fearless when it gets tough.

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New Products, New Logo, New 261 Fearless Concept

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. switz tying up hair crop

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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. new_signature_lav