Generations Bank, organizing sponsor of the first ever Women’s Right to Run, announced today the inaugural run has been named a partner event for 261 Fearless, Inc., a global community of female runners and walkers founded by running legend Kathrine Switzer. The Women’s Right to Run 19K/5K is 261 Fearless’ third United States event partner.
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.
“The Women’s Right to Run 19K/5K is a true celebration of female empowerment. When I learned of this run taking place in the historic town that is known as 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 a part of this inaugural event!”
Switzer will be in town for the days leading up to the event to attend various speaking engagements. On race day, Switzer will announce the winners and hand out awards at the post-race ceremony.
“Kathrine is an inspiration to women all over the world, and we were all thrilled when she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame here in Seneca Falls in 2011. We are so fortunate to have her involved with the Women’s Right to Run as the spokesperson and delighted that our race is an official part of the 261 Fearless movement,” said Katie MacIntyre, AVP – Marketing Officer, Generations Bank.