261 Fearless Events

261 Fearless — It’s also about  supporting other events!

We are a global movement that empowers women through running and walking. Participating in a running event –actually pinning on a bib number, stepping up to the starting line, and running or walking the distance is a challenge that is guaranteed to give every woman an empowering experience.

From this simple activity we have seen women’s lives transformed in other areas— career, family, society– as they gain confidence, accomplishment, and pride and become fearlessly emboldened to achieve more than they imagined.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that we will change the world because of this, because we already have!

Here are some global events and organizations that we recommend because they embrace this vision of women’s empowerment, and offer a welcoming challenge to achieve it. Be Fearless!

To be an official 261 Fearless Partner Event, it means that the event is well-organized, safe, and welcoming to women and has met our endorsement requirements. It does not mean that Kathrine Switzer appearance is guaranteed.

Upcoming Events:

IMT Des Moines Marathon

October 15-16, 2016
Des Moines, Iowa

We are thrilled that the Des Moines Marathon is partnering with 261 Fearless for a second year. Say tuned for more details.
Visit Des Moines Marathon for more information

Des Moines Marathon 261 Fearless Partnership

Train the Trainer Certification Courses – Participate to Become a Certified 261 Club Leader:

Our next 261 Train the Trainer Certification Courses will take place:
September 8th – September 11th – St. Kanzian / Carinthia / Austria (Club Leader + Club Coaches)
September 23rd – September 25th – Dundee / Scotland (Coaching/Training + Business Component)
October 21st – October 23rd, Boston / Massachusetts / USA (Coaching/Training + Business Component)
October 28th – October 30th, Boston / Massachusetts / USA (Coaching/Training + Business Component)
More Info and Apply

Important Notice:

KVS Disassociation Statement

Amazing Past Events:

Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon

June 5, 2016
Niagara Falls, Canada 

We are thrilled to have the Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon as our FIRST Partner Event in Canada. Kathrine will be in Niagara Falls for 3 days of events, signing books and meeting everyone. Registration is open! See you there!
Visit Niagara Falls Women’s Half for more information

Women’s Right to Run 19k

May 7, 2016
Seneca Falls, NY 

We are thrilled to have played a large roll in the inaugural Right to Run 19k! This was such an amazing 261 Fearless Partner event! As the spokesperson for this unique event, Kathrine was able to join messages and pay tribute to the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote. The 19km – 11.8 challenging miles- reflected a unique distance and the challenges our foremothers had in going the distance to get that vote. Proceeds from the run benefited the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s capital campaign which raises funds to rehabilitate the former Seneca Falls Knitting Mill into its future home, The Center for Great Women.
Visit Right to Run 19k for more information


Bellin Women’s Half Marathon

September 26, 2015
Green Bay, Wisconsin

We are excited to announce that the inaugural Bellin Women’s Half Marathon is our very first 261 Fearless Partner Event. Kathrine will be the keynote speaker at 6 PM Friday evening for the Women’s Inspiration Dinner, which is 4-8 PM at the KI Convention Center Ballroom. She will then help start the race on Saturday and be there to welcome finishers!

“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”

Visit Bellin Women’s Half Marathon for more information

Bellin Women's Half is first 261 Fearless Partner Event