This past weekend I participated in the Skirt Sports 261 Fearless Virtual Race in honor of Kathrine Switzer. If you are not familiar with the story, in 1967 Kathrine entered and ran the Boston Marathon when women were barred from doing so. The race director tried to push her off of the all male race course but she wouldn’t budge. She finished the race with her bib number 261. Very fitting number-fearless indeed.
It took 5 more years for women to officially be allowed to enter Boston. She is considered a pioneer and a “fearless” hero to many female and male athletes around the world and one of the figures who helped women obtain access to the Olympic games.
The Skirt Sports 261 virtual race and clothing line (inspired by her) has become not only a tribute to Kathrine Switzer but also a way for women to unite in their freedoms to run.
The hardest part about this virtual race was picking out my outfit! I decided to take my new “Vixen” skirt out for a test run. Love! I used this virtual race to give myself a test of my own. As I am coming back from my injury, I planned to run my longest distance in a while. I’ve been very conservative in upping my distance and I am happy to say I am back over 4 miles with no foot pain. No one is more happy than I am as my Ragnar Cape Cod race is in 2 weeks. Yep I will be running 15 miles (more on that to come).
I met up with my fellow Skirt Sports Ambassador and friend, Sarah rocking her Redemption Capri. Beautiful day for a virtual!
While watching my Girls On The Run team play a game of capture the flag yesterday, I saw how some girls aggressively ran into the “enemy territory” to try to capture the flag and started to think about how “fearless” some girls are and how others hung back not wanting to “risk” being tagged. What makes some girls “fearless”, brave and bold while others are more hesitant?
Thinking back to myself at that age, I wonder how “fearless” I would have been? How “fearless” am I now?
I like to hope that some of the girls who participate in Girls on The Run programs learn the skills to help them become more self confident, stand up what they believe in and be just a little more “fearless” as they grow into women.
Have you done anything “fearless” lately? What would happen if you did?