We help kids unlock their potential and adults discover their inner Coach by joining, starting or supporting a Marathon Kids running club in their home, school, out-of-school time organization or camp.
Our Marathon Kids work at their own pace to run, or walk, four marathons, and we provide the training, rewards, tools and resources to keep them moving. We believe every kid deserves to live a happy, healthy life and that any adult can be empowered and trained to become an inspiring Coach.
Kay Morris founded Marathon Kids in 1995. A self-described, “middle-aged, slow runner,” Morris felt inspired and empowered after completing her first ever running log. She came up with a program for kids that utilized running logs to motivate kids, boost their activity, and introduce them to the joy of running.
Since then, Marathon Kids has done research – a lot of research – into the health and emotional benefits of consistent running (or walking) for children. We’ve continued to grow the program into what it is today: one of the only evidence-based running/walking programs for children in the country.
Now, our programs have grown to include opportunities for parents and even workplaces. We want to get everyone in on the action.
We take our mission seriously. Research shows that when kids participate in Marathon Kids, they have a much better chance of getting enough daily physical activity. That’s good news for their bodies, and their minds. When they feel healthy, they perform better in school and exhibit better behavior.
Our methods have been tested and verified by the scientific community. Research shows that our running clubs effectively jump-start healthy, long-lasting change.
We have fun. Our participant rewards are the best around – kids love them and feel even more motivated to reach their goals. But more than anything, our Marathon Kids love running because its fun. Running means speed and freedom, healthy competition and accomplishment. Our program teaches kids the joy in running a distance (104.8 miles) that plenty of people think is impossible.
Marathon Kids has transformed the lives of over two million kids. But we know that children everywhere need more access to physical activity. We’re proud to partner with Nike and our many dedicated sponsors to expand our reach and grow our running clubs. We won’t stop until every school, out-of-school time organization, camp or family that wants one, has a running club of their very own.
Kids were meant to run and we’re here to help them go the distance.Get Involved