I got some exciting news the other night: I was chosen to be a 261 Fearless Ambassador!
I stumbled upon the opportunity back when I was researching for my post for the Skirt Sports 261 Fearless Virtual Race. Then, and now, the mission of the organization that was started by Kathrine Switzer resonated with me. The mission is to “bring active women together through a global supportive community– allowing fearless women to pass strength gained from running and walking onto women who are facing challenges and hence sparking a revolution of empowerment.”
Running has brought me so much. It began as a route out of postpartum depression and has continued as a way to keep depression at bay. It has also brought so many amazing people into my life – fellow moms through MRTT, runners with amazing goals that I’ve met through Mainly Marathons, people who’ve overcome a lot to walk or run their first 5k. Running has also shown me that I’m way stronger than I realized, both physically and mentally. I want to share what running has brought me with other women.
So, what exactly is the 261 Fearless Movement?
It is a global community of women, be she a walker, jogger, runner, or front of the pack racer, who have found strength, power and fearlessness from putting one foot in front of the other. This strength has allowed her to overcome doubt and adversity in her life and she has the ability and desire to give support to other women who want to take on their personal challenges through running or walking. This is a safe community of support, respect, friendship and sharing of accomplishments and a place for women who want to become runners and walkers to find their fearless through the connection with others. We take no notice of ability, body-type, religion or ethnicity as we all hold the universal language of putting one foot in front of the other. We communicate on social media as @261Fearless, through closed social channels and personally in our communities, clubs, groups and at events. We are here because sometimes you just need to know you are not alone. This is the true essence of 261 Fearless – women supporting women.
261 is based on Kathrine Switzer’s number from her running of the Boston Marathon. Her determination to run that race has opened many doors for women. I don’t pretend to think I can have as far reaching an effect as she did, but I hope I can empower other women, one woman at a time.
To find out more or join me in the movement, check out the 261 Fearless site.