261 Fearless. 261 was her number when she was the first woman to register and run Boston 50 years ago.
Doesn't that just sound wonderful? It's crazy to think about how far our sport has come, and especially how far it has come for women. Right now, the marathon is the only distance in which male still outnumber female participants. It has grown, become more inclusive, become more empowering, and I love everything about that. Running has given me so much over that years that I want to do everything I can to support others.
|Katherine keeps her bibs, too! At least this one!|
So when Katherine announced in New York that she was coming back to run Boston again in 2017 (50 years later) and that she was bringing a team to run with her, I signed right up to learn more. The minute I got home, I applied for the team. Let me tell you, it was an intense application process, but I get it. This is a race that most runners dream of running and the vast majority will never have the chance to do.
|261 Fearless Values - is this awesome or what?|
And then I waited and waited and waited. Just when I thought all hope was lost, I got a call for an interview ... and then I was in. I was in the 121st running of the Boston Marathon with a champion of women's running supporting a charity I believe in to my core. It doesn't quite feel real - not quite like getting a BQ finish and registering - but I am terribly grateful and cannot imagine how I am lucky enough to get to be part of such a historic event.
So here I go again, starting up marathon training. And not just any marathon, the BOSTON MARATHON! Yikes! So yes, this is how the last couple of my weeks have gone. As part of this, I am going to be raising money for this awesome charity. If you'd like to keep up with my fundraising progress, or if you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation, here is the link to my fundraising page.
I'm linking up with two strong and fabulous and supportive women this week. Check out HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin!
Have you run the Boston Marathon?
What charities/causes are you most passionate about?