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As a nonprofit organization, we rely on donors to keep our programming 100% FREE. Your contribution delivers real impact and directly supports children in underserved schools and communities.

Since 1995, Marathon Kids has inspired
millions of children to run and be active

Help us further our impact to reach more kids

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Make a difference year-round by supporting our dedicated coaches.

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Make a difference in the life of a child with evidence-based programming.

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Marathon Kids
P.O. BOX 41317

Austin, TX 78704

why support

Marathon Kids is a nonprofit organization on a mission to get kids moving. We believe kids need positive role models who provide opportunities to run and move. We support schools and community organizations with an evidenced-based physical activity program designed to grow self-confident, active kids.

Our program challenges kids to run, jog, walk or move the equivalent of four (or more!) marathons throughout a season. Marathons are reached by finishing miles in achievable increments or completing minutes of heart-pumping activity.

We provide the digital platform to track, while coaches bring the fun, energy, and encouragement to motivate kids to go further than they ever thought possible. Not only are we teaching goal-setting, but Marathon Kids is an opportunity for all kids - at any fitness level - to learn how being active every day improves their entire well-being.

What is the urgency? 
Sedentary behavior is at an all-time high. Only 1 in 4 children are getting the recommended number of active minutes per day. This is partly because millions of kids lack opportunities to get active, whether in school or at home.

Research shows when children are given positive physical activity experiences early in life, they are six times more likely to adopt a long-term healthy lifestyle. That's why an effective program like Marathon Kids is urgently needed to reverse the youth inactivity trend and support the Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community.


Marathon Kids is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit in the United States, and all gifts to us are tax-deductible in the United States. Our Tax ID number is 06-1722171.

To learn more about our supporters, please visit our Community Impact page. Click here for our 2021 annual report. Please visit our Financials page for past annual reports.

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