Get to Know Your Running Clubs - 261 Fearless Club Greater Boston
In this edition of Get to Know Your Running Clubs we chatted with Karen Dinger of the 261 Fearless Club Greater Boston, comprised of women runners 18 and over of all levels from beginner to experienced.
Karen is passionate about running, completing her first marathon at age 48. She enjoys inspiring others to run and be healthy. She also enjoys giving back to her community. It is all about the journey, the race is just the celebration!
Want to learn more about them? Read on!
What area(s) of the city does your group usually run in/around?
South Shore (Massachusetts), Norwell, MA; Hopkinton, MA, Boston, MA, (relaunching); Stowe, MA (coming soon).
How long has the club been around?
Since February, 2017.
Tell us a bit about your members! What level of runners do you cater to?
We cater to women who are over 18 years old and all levels are welcome. We train any level of runner from walkers wanting to transiton to running to front of the pace racers.
Where/when does your club usually meet/run?
Once a week, Norwell High School, Hopkington High Schook, RunBase Boston.
Are your group runs mostly casual or more structured workouts?
Mostly casual runs.
Any cost to be a member/join?
$52.20 a year, with the option to pay in two installments of $26.10.
Is your group affiliated with any events?
261 Fearless Inc partners with races such as the Boston Marathon and other races to secure charity entries.
Any cool routes/favorite areas to run in your city that you would like to recommend to other runners? Why do you like those?
Norwell is a beautiful town on the South Shore that offers trail runs and sidewalks where people can run. Boston, on the other hand, is an amazing historic city. It has become a "Running City". The energy that is felt while running down Commonwealth Avenue, through the Public Garden, the Boston Common and the Esplande which offers an amazing feeling of comradery amongst other runners.
Anything else that we should know?
261 Fearless Club Greater Boston is a non-profit running club for women inspired by running legend Kathrine Switzer. It is non-competitive, non-judgemental and all levels of runners are welcome. Women come to inspire or be inspired. We celebrate running by having fun for one hour a week. These weekly runs are touch point for some runners to keep moving and for others its a social networking opportunity.
We do not compete with other running clubs. We compliment them as our club is different in that we celebrate running one hour a week. We warmup, play a fun game, stretch and run as a group! Our intent is that our members put their daily stress aside as they arrive, enjoying one hour for themselves and leaving a better mom, better sister, better partner, better spouse, better aunt, better co-worker... a better healthier active person.
261 Fearless is about the local community with a global community connection! Women connect and support each other globally! You have to experience a 261 group run. We encourage women to try it out for free before committing to a membership. Women also have the opportuntiy to be a coach and host group runs in their hometowns.
Want to learn more?
Want to connect with the 261 Fearless Club Greater Boston, or just learn a bit more about them? Check out their information below:
Find more runs around Boston
Looking for runs in and around Boston? The RunGuides Boston race calendar can help you find upcoming runs and running races in the area www.runguides.com/boston/runs
Steve Lafler writes for RunGuides, ran for UMass some time ago, and may still take a crack at the Boston Marathon someday.