Gilbert Business Woman and Mom of Seven to Run the Boston Marathon for 261 Fearless

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Ellen Marrs

Gilbert Business Woman and Mom of Seven to Run the Boston Marathon for 261 Fearless
Ellen Marrs Will Raise Funds and Awareness for Pioneer Kathrine Switzer’s Non-profit to Empower Women Through Running

Boston, MA (February 20, 2020) – Ellen Marrs, of Gilbert Arizona, will run the Boston Marathon on April 20 to raise funds for 261 Fearless, Inc., a global non-profit women’s running organization founded by Kathrine Switzer, the organization announced today. In 1967, Switzer became the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon.

Marrs, 50, will be running her third consecutive Boston Marathon.

An author and local business owner, Marrs finds time to train and race despite the demands of homeschooling her seven children, ages 15, 13, 11, 10, 9, 8 and 5. She is also a member of the Women’s Success Group of Gilbert, a local association of successful female business professionals. Her passion for helping others takes Mrs. Marrs to stages across the country where she shares her message of “faith over fear” while teaching others to become goal getters. Her next big goal after Boston is to bring a 261 Fearless running club to the Phoenix area.

“261 Fearless is the perfect match for me for Boston,” said Marrs. “Not only is it led by one of the most amazing female runners, but its goal and mission is to help educate women about health, physical activity and leadership, build communities and support women to become empowered through running. I know, from personal experience, the power that comes from an encouraging running community. I used to tell people that I could never be a runner and now I have about fifty race medals, including two from the Boston Marathon, which prove otherwise.”

Established in 2015, 261 Fearless Inc. was founded by Kathrine Switzer, who – wearing bib number 261 – became the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon, in 1967. In 2017, Switzer again finished the marathon to mark the 50th anniversary of her fearless and ground-breaking run. Approximately 30 runners will compete in Boston this year as part of 261 Fearless Team Boston, supported by adidas in raising funds for the organization.

“Bringing the empowerment of running to women around the world begins with a single step, and 261 Fearless Inc. is honored that our Team Boston charity runners have taken that step – and will take many more,” said Switzer.

The global non-profit organization uses running as a vehicle to empower and unite women through the creation of local running clubs, education programs, communication platforms, and social running events. Breaking down the barriers of geography, 261 Fearless Inc. aims to create a global community for women runners of all abilities to support, encourage, and inspire each other toward a positive sense of self and fearlessness. Already, there are more than 50 clubs on five continents, where more than 200 certified 261 Coaches support women to start and continue running.

“We aren’t about speed,” said Edith Zuschmann, CEO of 261 Fearless Inc. “We’re about need: the need for all women to feel empowered through discovery of their own inner strength through being physically active.”

For more information, visit To support Marrs, visit or plan to attend her upcoming “Fuel Your Fearless” fundraiser at Thrive Coworking for Women in Gilbert, Arizona on March 27th, from 5-8pm. VIEW EVENT HERE!
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