AUSTIN, TX, January 14, 2019— Marathon Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to showing kids that through running they can achieve more than they ever thought possible, announced today the results of its 2018/19 national grant. Funded primarily by corporate and private sponsors, Marathon Kids uses national grant funds to help dedicated adults all over the United States to start run clubs in their schools and communities.
This school year, Marathon Kids was able to provide $1,206,307 in funding to 559 run clubs, which helped get 82,023 kids running. Grants were awarded to recipients across 36 states, prioritizing schools and communities of high need.
Grant recipients received awards that allowed them to register participants for the Marathon Kids program at no cost. These new clubs have started their season and club members have begun running and walking, earning miles one day at a time. Many students have already met their first marathon milestone (26.2 miles) and are now working towards achieving their second, third and fourth marathon goals.
“We are grateful to all of our community partners who support the Marathon Kids mission to get kids moving and put them on the path to a healthier life,” said Marathon Kids CEO Cami Hawkins. “Thanks to the generous financial support of our sponsors, Marathon Kids around the country have the opportunity this school year to be more active, and to fall in love with physical activity.”
Marathon Kids sponsors include Nike, H-E-B, St. David’s Foundation, Fort Bend Medical Society Alliance, Dell Children’s Health Plan, MedSpring, Bender Foundation, and Kids in the Game.
About Marathon Kids
Marathon Kids empowers teachers, parents, and coaches to start Marathon Kids run clubs in their homes, schools, camps, and community. Kids enrolled in the program work at their own pace to run, or walk, the equivalent mileage of up to four marathons (104.8 miles) over the course of the run club season. Marathon Kids provides the training, rewards, tools, and resources to a network of dedicated, motivated, and inspiring coaches, supporting them every step of the way.
More information is available at marathonkids.org.
Heidi Gollub, Chief Marketing Officer