Kathrine Switzer’s 261 Women’s Marathon 2016 registration opens

Kathrin Switzer celebrates the launch of the 261 Women's Marathon in Palma de Mallorca

The Palma de Mallorca tourist board has announced that the third annual 261 Women’s Marathon & 10K will include an additional half marathon distance. The only women’s marathon in Europe, the 2016 event will take place on Sunday 10th April in the beautiful city of Palma de Mallorca.

The race is both inspired and backed by Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon back in 1967, where she was famously confronted mid-race by an angry official who attempted to rip off her bib number and remove her from the course.

Switzer eluded the official and finished the race, paving the way for future women runners. Her bib number "261” has since come to represent fearlessness and inspired the launch of the 261 Women’s Marathon. While encouraging women’s running is at the forefront of the event, men are still invited to participate, provided they are there to accompany and support their female friends or partners. To enter the 2016 race, click here.

If the sun, sea and speedy scenic waterfront course through the streets of the Mallorcan capital aren’t enough to convince you, check out our race report from the 2015 event.