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Ever dream you could race a four-time Olympic gold medalist and win? Champion distance runner Mo Farah bets you can! He’s giving kids the chance to beat him to the finish line of the London Marathon. Marathon Kids across the world will have a chance to  “Beat Mo to the Finish Line” this spring.

RUN #ONEMOMILE!

World-class London-based runner Mo Farah is a celebrated Nike athlete and Marathon Kids Global Ambassador. Kids have the opportunity to “race” Mo and run another full marathon before Mo competes in the London Marathon on April 22. The will kids get a generous head start – the eight weeks leading up to the marathon – to complete all 26.2 miles.

Since 2015, nearly 2,500 running clubs and more than 430,000 kids have enrolled in the Marathon Kids program, which is available in all 50 states. A growing number of families are participating in the Marathon Kids At Home program, which allows parents to run with their kids in the same evidence-based program available to schools and community-based organizations.

Are you ready to take on Mo? Click here for more info on how to get your school or family involved.

WHO IS MO FARAH?

Sir Mohamed Muktar Jama “Mo” Farah, CBE is Britain’s most successful-ever distance runner. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, Mo is a gold medalist in both the 5,000 meter and 10,000 meter races in 2012 and 2016. Mo is the most decorated athlete in British athletics history, with ten global titles, and was the first British athlete to win two gold medals at the same world championships. With five gold medals at the European Athletics Championships, Mo is the most successful athlete in individual events in the championships’ history.

His family had to flee Mogadishu since they were targeted due to their origin from Somaliland, which had declared independence from Somalia. After fleeing Mogadishu to Gabiley, Somaliland with his family, Mo spent his early childhood as a refugee in Djibouti with his twin brother. He moved to Britain when he was eight to join his father, speaking very little English at the time.

Now, he’s widely celebrated in Britain and around the world and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his athletic endeavors in 2017.

Need some extra motivation from Mo himself? Click here for a quick video from Mo as he encourages your kids to keep moving. #OneMoMile

ABOUT MARATHON KIDS

Marathon Kids is on a mission to get kids moving. The nonprofit organization offers free physical education programming through Marathon Kids Connect, a cloud-based PE and run club management platform that includes a mobile app for digital activity-tracking. 

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NEWS RELEASE                                                            Contact:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Kristin Shaw, Director of Communications

February 26, 2018                                                           kristin@marathonkids.org

512-477-1259

 

MARATHON KIDS HOSTS 24-HOUR RUN-A-THON FEATURING OLYMPIAN SANYA RICHARDS-ROSS

 

AUSTIN, Texas – Marathon Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and happiness of children by engaging them in a positive, simple, goal-driven running and walking program, announced today a special 24-hour Run-A-Thon event starting March 1 during Amplify Austin.

Rogue Running will host the event, kicking off the Run-A-Thon with a family-friendly party from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1.  Volunteers may join the Run-A-Thon at Rogue Running and can secure their time slot with a suggested donation of $50. Attendees will enjoy free drinks; appetizers from Thundercloud Subs; live music; photos with Texas Stars’ mascot, Ringo; and a large silent auction with hundreds of items donated by local businesses. All donations directly support Marathon Kids programming and their mission to get kids moving.

Sanya Richards-Ross, a former University of Texas student and track and field athlete who competed for the United States at the Summer Olympics, will be a guest at the Run-A-Thon. Richards-Ross won gold in the 400 meters in 2012 after finishing third at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Richards-Ross has also won Olympic gold in the 4×400 meters relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the 2008 Summer Olympics, and the 2012 Summer Olympics. She was widely considered the best 400m runner in the world for several years, ranking first in the world from 2005-2009 and again in 2012.

Marathon Kids works closely with Austin Independent School District and registered nearly 34,000 runners this school year through partial grant funding. Many students have met their first marathon milestone (26.2 miles) and are working towards their 2nd, 3rd and 4th marathon milestones before the season’s end.

Physical inactivity among youth has created a nationwide pandemic, with youth obesity rates tripling since the 1980s. For 20 years, Marathon Kids has introduced youth in Austin to the joy of physical activity in a simple, fun and effective program. The program forges a lifelong commitment to exercise during the most formative years in a child’s life, one mile at a time. Last year, AISD elementary students improved their cardiovascular endurance from 67 percent to 72 percent.

“Marathon Kids was born in Austin, and this is where our heart lives,” said Marathon Kids CEO Cami Hawkins. “Austin ISD is a great partner, and we’re looking forward to expanding within Austin and the surrounding suburbs to help kids get healthier.”

Rogue Running is located at 410 Pressler St, Austin, TX 78703.

For more information: https://amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/marathonkids

ABOUT MARATHON KIDS

Marathon Kids helps kids unlock their potential and adults discover their inner coach by joining, starting or supporting a Marathon Kids running club in their home, school, out-of-school time organization or camp.

Kids in the program work at their own pace to run, or walk, the equivalent mileage of up to four marathons, and Marathon Kids provides the training, rewards, tools and resources to keep them moving. Marathon Kids works for any kid, at any fitness level. Kids set their goals and track their progress on a journey to complete four marathons, or 104.8 miles, over the course of the running club season. They run (or walk) a lap at a time, at a day at a time, and before they know it they’ve gone farther than they ever dreamed. Kids enrolled in the program have a network of dedicated adults showing them how it’s done, and most importantly, a motivated and inspiring coach supporting them every step of the way.

Corporate partners and supporters include Nike, HEB, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Active Schools, USATF Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Target, Tejas Trails, Athletes for Hope, LA Dodgers Foundation, and St. David’s Foundation.

More information is available at marathonkids.org.

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NEWS RELEASE                                                            Contact:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Kristin Shaw, Director of Communications

February 19, 2018                                                           kristin@marathonkids.org

512-477-1259

 

MARATHON KIDS AWARDS OVER $1 MILLION IN FUNDING TO ESTABLISH RUN CLUBS FOR KIDS ACROSS AMERICA

  

AUSTIN, Texas – Marathon Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and happiness of children by engaging them in a positive, simple, goal-driven running and walking program, announced today the results of their Marathon Kids national grants for the 2017-2018 school year. Marathon Kids is funded primarily by corporate and private sponsors to help kids all over the United States create running clubs.

For this school year, Marathon Kids was able to provide $1,057,000 of funding to 568 run clubs — and help 63,675 Marathon Kids get running. Grants were awarded to recipients across 44 states, prioritizing schools and communities of high-need to receive grants; more than 93% of recipients have a large percentage of students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. Forty percent of recipients are brand new to the Marathon Kids program, receiving vital funding to help them jump-start the program for the first time.

Grant recipients received awards in the fall that allowed them to register their awarded number of participants for the Marathon Kids program at no cost. Schools have been running and walking since, and many students have met their first marathon milestone (26.2 miles) and are working towards their 2nd, 3rd and 4th marathon milestones before the season’s end.

“We are grateful to all of our sponsors who support the Marathon Kids mission to get kids moving and show them the joys and benefits of being active for life,” said Marathon Kids CEO Cami Hawkins. “We couldn’t do what we do without our community.”

This year’s sponsors include Nike, HEB Grocery Company, Target, The St. David’s Foundation, Fuel up to Play 60, The LA Dodgers Foundation, and The Austin Community Foundation.

For more information on the grant: https://marathonkids.org/

ABOUT MARATHON KIDS

Marathon Kids helps kids unlock their potential and adults discover their inner coach by joining, starting or supporting a Marathon Kids running club in their home, school, out-of-school time organization or camp.

Kids in the program work at their own pace to run, or walk, the equivalent mileage of up to four marathons, and Marathon Kids provides the training, rewards, tools and resources to keep them moving. Marathon Kids works for any kid, at any fitness level. Kids set their goals and track their progress on a journey to complete four marathons, or 104.8 miles, over the course of the running club season. They run (or walk) a lap at a time, at a day at a time, and before they know it they’ve gone farther than they ever dreamed. Kids enrolled in the program have a network of dedicated adults showing them how it’s done, and most importantly, a motivated and inspiring coach supporting them every step of the way.

Corporate partners and supporters include Nike, HEB, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Active Schools, USATF Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Target, Tejas Trails, Athletes for Hope, LA Dodgers Foundation, and St. David’s Foundation.

More information is available at marathonkids.org.

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