I am so pleased to announce that I’ve been selected as a 261 Fearless Ambassador. The letter I so exitedly awaited came today! It read:
Congratulations and welcome to the 261 Fearless Ambassador Community! You
truly are amazing. Your enthusiasm and fearlessness will be the backbone
of our movement. Together we will communicate, celebrate, support and
encourage women in their lifelong journey of running and walking. We will
help newbies, those returning to running, and those who are stuck or
overcoming injuries. We will share our stories and find joy in our
collective successes. We will do this one stride at a time. We will do
this together because sometimes, you just need to know you are not alone.
How did it happen?
Over a year ago I decided to take part in Women’s Marathon. The most important part of it was not the marahon itself – I went to Majorka to met my hero – Kathrin Switzer – the first woman to run the then all-men’s Boston Marathon in 1967. Inspiration to me and millions of other women worldwide she started the global movement 261Fearless.
What does 261 mean?
The number 261 is Kathrine’s bib number from the 1967 Boston Marathon. She protected that bib while an angry race director attacked her in the second mile and tried to rip the numbers off her shirt. He was infuriated that a woman had entered his race, declaring that it was a men’s only event.
Even though she was terrified and humiliated, Kathrine got away from the official, thanks to help from her teammates. She went on to finish the race, and was so determined she said she’d finish on her hands and her knees if she had to. The bib numbers 261 stayed proudly on her front and back; though the official did tear off the top right corner!
What is 261Fearless?
It is a global community of women ( walker, jogger, runner, or front of the pack racer – no matter), 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.
When I read the invitation to join the movement I did no hesistate a moment but sent my application. Then a few days of anxiety and then I opened my e-mail box. Isn’t it great?
Stay tuned for more from me! #261Fearless #befearlessbefree