The inaugural Bellin Women’s Half Marathon on Sept. 26 has been named the first United States partner event for 261 Fearless, Inc., a global nonprofit community of female runners and walkers founded by women’s running legend Kathrine Switzer.
261 Fearless is using running as a vehicle to empower women globally, reaching out to make them fearless through the creation of clubs, training opportunities, merchandising and events such as the 261 Women’s Marathon in Mallorca, Spain. But most of all, Switzer says, 261 Fearless is about creating a global community of female runners and walkers who are supporting and talking to each other, encouraging healthy living and a positive sense of self.
“I am so thrilled that the Bellin Women’s Half Marathon, in its inaugural race, is also our very first U.S. 261 Fearless partner event,” Switzer said. “It’s as if this bold new venture was meant to happen — total synchronicity! All over the world, women are the winners as they broader their running network and share their fearless hopes and determination.”