Way back in 2003 or so, I thought I should start running.... my dream was to someday run the Boston Marathon. But that dream seemed so daunting, so intimidating, that it took me nearly a decade to take the first step. I finally did start running in 2012, with a Couch to 5K app (C25K) on my phone, and my (new-to-me) dog Rascal. That fall a friend mentioned the Indy Mini (Half Marathon) in May, and I first began to realize that running 13.1 miles (or more!) is something someone like me CAN do, and maybe I could if I tried, and trained.
Stepping into the nearby running store that winter to sign up for their half marathon training program was just about the scariest thing I had ever done in my life (and I've followed strangers who don't speak English and carry machetes into a bamboo forest.... and been sky-diving twice!). Before I'd even run that first half marathon, I had found out you could run through the Disney Parks, and signed up for the inaugural Dopey Challenge (5K Thursday, 10K Friday, Half on Saturday and Full on Sunday). Since then running has taken me to many places and I've met many life-long friends through racing and training.
My current challenge to myself is to complete the Abbott World Marathon Majors, a series of races that includes Boston, London, Berlin, NYC, Tokyo and Chicago. I have completed Chicago (2014) and Tokyo (2018), and am about to go to NYC (2018). I am working on gaining entry to Berlin and London. And I have secured my entry to Boston with Team 261 Fearless, a charity that truly speaks to my heart.
261 Fearless, Inc. is a global non-profit organization founded by pioneer runner, Kathrine Switzer. 261 Fearless uses running as a vehicle to empower and unite women globally through the creation of communication platforms, clubs, training opportunities, ambassadors, merchandising and events. Through these networking opportunities, 261 Fearless breaks down the barriers of geography and creates a global community for women runners of all abilities to support and talk to each other, encouraging healthy living and a positive sense of self and fearlessness.
It is the mission of 261 Fearless 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. 261 is the symbol that unites us as empowered runners and walkers.
The funds raised will go to setting up global 261 Clubs, training programs, a powerful communications network and events so that women, many in fearful places, are made fearless by your efforts. In particular, we need the ability to bring our 261 Club model of social, non-competitive running to women all over the world; we know creating the community of running women transforms them, and we need to get our training and support team out into the communities who need and want a club the most.
Please help me to spread the message of 261 Fearless, and empower women throughout the world, by making a donation today. Any size donation is welcome and truly appreciated. Thank you, as always, for your support.