Leadership Academy

Marathon Kids serves children by first serving adults. Marathon Kids Leadership Academy provides dynamic, action-packed professional development and training for individuals who want to be champions for health in their community.

Our sessions are customizable to fit each unique organizational setting and support continuing education requirements. Leadership Academy can take many forms, from a one-hour virtual training, to district in-service workshops, to full-day conferences focused across three core topics:

> Leadership development

> Professional development

> Translating our evidence-based strategies into practical application and action.

Our training modules are:

MVPA – Let’s take a deep dive into Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) and learn best practices to effectively get kids active. Participants learn ways to measure MVPA, use their activity time efficiently, and the benefits of physical activity.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING –  CASEL, leading the way to bring high-quality SEL programming to all schools across the nation, has five core competencies that build the framework SEL curriculum. Marathon Kids clubs and physical activity are prime areas where SEL concepts are easily taught and implemented. Learn the five core competencies and best practices.

BEHAVIOR ADOPTION STRATEGIES  – What does the Social Cognitive Theory teach us about building self-efficacy and relationships? During this session we dive into two key areas to help grow and develop long term behaviors.

ADVOCACY AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT – If someone was to ask you about your Marathon Kids club and its outcomes, do you have strong response ready? In this module, we learn the importance of involving the community, how to create a pitch and deliver it, and how documentation can help your club succeed.  

BEST PRACTICES OF MARATHON KIDS – By using our evidence-based, research driven pillars, not only will our coaches gain a deeper understanding of the program, we’ve seen trained coaches help their runners go farther in distance, grow in personal skills, and dig deeper into the underlying outcomes like goal setting and building self-confidence in their participants.  

Together with our existing program support and implementation tools, Leadership Academy forms the foundation of Marathon Kids’ support for asset-based community development, program efficacy, and genuine community transformation.

Marathon Kids Coach

By training and empowering motivated adults, Marathon Kids is building local cultures of health across the country – one running club at a time.

Leadership Academy is available nationwide. For more information contact Stefanie Ediger at stefanie@marathonkids.org.

“I recently went to an Ambassador Training… and I felt like I had been to camp. I was pumped, energized, encouraged, and ready to get back to my own kids and start back up with our MK Run Club. I left equipped to better our MK program, and that’s saying a lot since our students did amazing last school year. I look forward to many more years with this group of great coaches!”