run with marathon kids

Together, with great coaches and fun, the program helps develop awareness that physical activity is an essential part of our overall well-being by setting goals and completing miles.

Ways to implement Marathon Kids


As a Run Club

Before/after school or community-based organization

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In the Classroom or During PE Class

PE class and active time during homeroom

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Throughout the School Day

Before/after school, PE class, recess, and/or virtually

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Parents log miles from home

We provide the tools, so
you hit the ground running

Marathon Kids Connect is the two-piece tool that allows you to customize your program and track physical activity effort.
The real-time digital platform equips you to manage your program and monitor achievements, while the mobile scanning app is optional and used to scan runner ID Cards.

Marathon Kids platform is packed with great features.


Roster Upload

Upload your roster using our template, enroll kids with the recruitment tool, or manually enter participants.


Add Miles + Minutes

Any form of activity counts as distance, whether you're scanning ID Cards or manually entering effort.



Access to a library of lesson plans, videos, tips, and other material to help you and your runners succeed.



Impact reports make it easy to check on runners’ progress, share impact/leaderboards, and celebrate milestones.


Parent Portal

Parents can follow progress or log their child’s effort from home to promote active time off-campus.



Encourage your participants by purchasing rewards to celebrate accomplishments from our online store.


Run, Scan, Repeat

Coaches set a club mileage goal to challenge their youth participants to run, walk, or move as many miles as they can with the ultimate goal of reaching four marathons (104.8 miles) over the course of a season.

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Kids finish miles in achievable increments or complete minutes of heart-pumping activity.

To learn about the evidence-based pillars, please visit our Research page.

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How the Tools Work Together

set your track distance + activity times on the platform

All effort is credited to each participant by what you set your Tracks and Activities as.

kids scan their ID cards, or you manually add miles

The platform syncs with the mobile iOS and Android scanning app to capture effort by reading unique participant QR codes. Each scan will record the track (lap) distance you originally set.

access and share the
real-time DATA

Data is at your fingertips with Marathon Kids to help teach goal-setting skills, develop a growth mindset, and keep motivation high!

We believe in big cheers and high-fives.

Marathon Kids programming adds fun, community building, and friendly competition to your schedule. Setting goals, staying accountable, and moving together will encourage your participants to keep crushing miles.

With the ability to review impact reports, it makes it easy to check on participants’ progress, share leaderboards, and celebrate milestones.

To learn more about coaching, please visit our What is a Coach page.

Start Running Today

We want to help you identify the right game plan for setting up your club, please visit our Start Guide page for extra support.

If you have any questions about the platform, please visit our Help Center or email

We're here to help you!

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