Simply put, we’re the best. Our staff has dedicated their careers to achieving our mission: Through running, we show kids they can achieve more than they ever thought possible and put them on the path to healthier lives. Since 1995, Marathon Kids has thoughtfully worked with schools, out-of-school time organizations, camps, and families to implement our fun, simple, and effective run clubs. Among the many things that set us apart, here are three you should know:

  • Our program has been proven effective
  • Our program is customizable
  • Our program includes access to a digital lap tracking app, Marathon Kids Connect

Marathon Kids set personal distance goals at the beginning of each run club season. Goals are measured in marathons (26.2 miles) and are achieved by running one lap at a time, one day at a time. Before they know it, runners will have conquered a marathon, or more! Marathon Kids coaches celebrate their runners' accomplishments and reward their efforts, encouraging them every step of the way.

Kids of all fitness levels and ages, from Pre-K through 12th grade, are welcome to join.

Our coaches are passionate individuals who want to make a difference and get kids more physically active. A coach can be a teacher, a parent, a program director, or anyone motivated to create change in their community. Find out more about becoming a Marathon Kids run club coach here.

Marathon Kids running clubs can be started any time. Read the Quick Start Guide, then visit our Register Your Club page to get your run club started.

The cost to register your Marathon Kids run club is only $15 per participant. The cost is the same no matter how many miles each participant completes.

We offer a variety of grants throughout the year. Visit our Grants page to see what is currently available.

Registering a Marathon Kids run club takes place online. Read the Quick Start Guide, then visit our Register Your Club page to register your run club.

If you have registered a Marathon Kids run club, digital lap tracking with Marathon Kids Connect is included. (If not, you might be interested in applying for our Marathon Kids Connect Grant.) To get started, sign in to your Marathon Kids Connect account. If you have forgotten your password, or need support with your Marathon Kids Connect account, please contact connect@marathonkids.org.

Printable running club resources are available here, and you will have access to additional resources in our online Coach's Club, after registering your club.

Yes, you can! Marathon Kids has taken our proven effective run club model from the schoolyard to the backyard. You become the coach, and your family becomes a team. Learn more about bringing Marathon Kids to your home here.

As your season comes to an end you can submit your Finisher Data Survey and order your 4th rewards by logging in to the Coach’s Club and clicking on the “Complete Finisher Survey” link in the center of your screen. Follow the simple steps to complete the survey and order your 4th rewards for those runners that met their goal of 104.8 miles.