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MARATHON KIDS LAUNCHES VIRTUAL “WE RUN THE WORLD” RELAY PRESENTED BY ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS, TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF GETTING KIDS MOVING

For Release: 8/11/2020

AUSTIN, Texas – For 25 years, Marathon Kids has been encouraging kids to run for their mental and physical health with real results. That’s why they’re kicking off their 25th anniversary season with a virtual relay race that will bring together athletes, hikers, walkers, and past and current Marathon Kids runners from all over to celebrate this historic milestone, presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

During the entire month of September, Marathon Kids is asking people to come together around the country to run or walk a cumulative 25,000 miles—slightly more than the circumference of the earth! In a partnership with FitRankings, they’ll be tracking miles from participants near and far. 

To register for this epic virtual event, visit marathonkids.org/weruntheworld. Registration starts at $10, but everyone is invited to pay what they can. There are rewards at every donation level from $10 to $50, which include a virtual race bib, virtual badges that celebrate personal mile markers, event T-shirts, and more!

Founded in Austin in 1995, Marathon Kids is a nonprofit on a mission to get kids moving. The Marathon Kids program is implemented in Austin ISD districtwide, as well as hundreds of other schools across the country. Kids who participate in the running and walking program set goals to cover a cumulative four marathons, or 104.8 miles, one mile at a time over the course of the school year.

As of 2020, the Marathon Kids program is offered at no charge for all schools and community organizations and includes access to Marathon Kids Connect, the organization’s new physical activity tracking app and reporting platform. Marathon Kids Connect was developed to make it easier than ever to track and report on kids’ active time, and it will help to meet students’ shifting needs if the 2020–21 school year includes periods of distance-learning from home. Teachers and coaches can use the platform and app to connect, get involved, and support their student runners in making progress, hitting milestones, and celebrating achievements.

More About Marathon Kids

Marathon Kids has inspired more than 2.5 million children over the past 25 years to live happier, healthier lives.

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 kids feel healthy, they perform better in school, exhibit better behavior, and make better choices.

Research shows that the Marathon Kids program gets kids active and jump-starts long-lasting healthy habits. Through running, Marathon Kids shows kids they can achieve more than they ever thought possible. Visit MarathonKids.org to learn more.

About Academy Sports + Outdoors

At Academy Sports + Outdoors, we kickstart fun by inspiring play. At each of our 259 locations, we carry a wide range of apparel, footwear, hunting, fishing and camping equipment, patio sets and barbeque grills, along with sports and recreation products, at everyday low prices. For more information about Academy Sports + Outdoors, visit academy.com.

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AUGUST 7, 2018 – AUSTIN, Texas – Marathon Kids, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that shows kids through running that they can achieve more than they ever thought possible and puts them on the path to healthier lives, today announced the opening date of their Marathon Kids national grant for the 2018-2019 school year. Marathon Kids is funded primarily by corporate and private sponsors to help communities all over the United States create running clubs for kids, and on August 15, 2018, the grant portal will open for one month.

In the previous school year, the Marathon Kids National Grant:

  • Provided $1,057,000 of funding to 568 run clubs
  • Helped 86,046 kids get running (89% of total runners)
  • Awarded grants to recipients across 44 states, prioritizing schools and high-need communities

More than 93% of recipients have a large percentage of students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. Forty percent of recipients are brand new to the Marathon Kids program, receiving vital funding to help them jump-start the program for the first time.

Grant recipients will receive awards to register participants for the Marathon Kids program at no cost. Schools kick off their run club season at the start of the school year, and students work toward their first marathon milestone (26.2 miles). They then strive to complete their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th marathon milestones before the season’s end.

“Our goal is to get kids moving and show them the joys and benefits of being active for life,” said Marathon Kids CEO Cami Hawkins. “We want to fund as many clubs as possible and we are diligently working to grow our donation base and engage more sponsors.”

For more information on the grant and to register to apply: marathonkids.org/grants

 

ABOUT MARATHON KIDS

Marathon Kids mission is to show kids that through running, they can achieve more than they thought possible, and put them on the path to healthier lives. The organization empowers teachers, parents, and coaches to start a Marathon Kids running club in their home, school, out-of-school time organization or camp.

Kids in the program work at their own pace to run, or walk, the equivalent mileage of up to four marathons, and Marathon Kids provides the training, rewards, tools and resources to keep them moving. Marathon Kids works for any kid, at any fitness level.

Kids set their goals and track their progress on a journey to complete four marathons, or 104.8 miles, over the course of the running club season. They run (or walk) a lap at a time, at a day at a time, and before they know it they’ve gone farther than they ever dreamed. Kids enrolled in the program have a network of dedicated adults showing them how it’s done, and most importantly, a motivated and inspiring coach supporting them every step of the way.

Corporate partners and supporters include Nike, HEB, St. David’s Foundation, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, LA Dodgers Foundation, Active Schools,Target, Tejas Trails, and Athletes for Hope.  

More information is available at marathonkids.org.

 

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Contact:

Kristin Shaw, Director of Communications

kristin@marathonkids.org

512-477-1259

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     Kristin Shaw, Director of Communications

April 12, 2018                                                                            kristin@marathonkids.org

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CEO CAMI HAWKINS NAMED AS FINALIST FOR AUSTIN WOMAN MAGAZINE WOMAN’S WAY AWARD

AUSTIN, Texas – Marathon Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and happiness of children by engaging them in a positive, goal-driven running and walking program, announced today that CEO Cami Hawkins has been named a finalist for an Austin Woman magazine award.

The Woman’s Way Business Awards are the only business awards for woman-owned and -led businesses in Austin. Award recipients span numerous industries and are chosen by a selection committee of successful local female business and community leaders. Hawkins was named a Woman’s Way finalist for making a measurable impact in Austin’s ever-growing health-and-wellness industry, through her work at Marathon Kids.

Other categories for awards other than UT Health Austin’s Health and Wellness include Professional Services, Mazda’s Business of the Year (less than $3M), Bank of America’s Business of the Year (more than $3M), Dell’s STEM, Texas Disposal Systems’ Social Impact, On the Dot Woman’s Rising Star, HEB’s Product Innovation, Digital Influencer, and I Am Austin Woman.

Austin Woman magazine has been in the business of celebrating women in our community for the past 15 years. Through the Woman’s Way Business Awards, Austin Woman recognizes and honors the women behind innovative businesses that aid in our city’s development and progress,” says Melinda Garvey, publisher of the magazine.

According to the rules for the award, each nomination must be either 51 percent or more woman-owned or have an Austin-based woman in an executive role with profit and loss responsibilities who is the most senior-level employee of either the whole company or of a branch of the company.

Winners will be announced at the Woman’s Way Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the JW Marriott in Downtown Austin. The event is open to the public, and tickets are available at atxwoman.com/womans-way-2018/.

ABOUT MARATHON KIDS

Marathon Kids helps 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.

Kids in the program work at their own pace to run, or walk, the equivalent mileage of up to four marathons, and Marathon Kids provides the training, rewards, tools and resources to keep them moving. Marathon Kids works for any kid, at any fitness level. Kids set their goals and track their progress on a journey to complete four marathons, or 104.8 miles, over the course of the running club season. They run (or walk) a lap at a time, at a day at a time, and before they know it they’ve gone farther than they ever dreamed. Kids enrolled in the program have a network of dedicated adults showing them how it’s done, and most importantly, a motivated and inspiring coach supporting them every step of the way.

Corporate partners and supporters include Nike, HEB, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Active Schools, USATF Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Target, Tejas Trails, Athletes for Hope, LA Dodgers Foundation, and St. David’s Foundation.

More information is available at marathonkids.org.

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NEWS RELEASE                                                            Contact:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Kristin Shaw, Director of Communications

February 26, 2018                                                           kristin@marathonkids.org

512-477-1259

 

MARATHON KIDS HOSTS 24-HOUR RUN-A-THON FEATURING OLYMPIAN SANYA RICHARDS-ROSS

 

AUSTIN, Texas – Marathon Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and happiness of children by engaging them in a positive, simple, goal-driven running and walking program, announced today a special 24-hour Run-A-Thon event starting March 1 during Amplify Austin.

Rogue Running will host the event, kicking off the Run-A-Thon with a family-friendly party from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1.  Volunteers may join the Run-A-Thon at Rogue Running and can secure their time slot with a suggested donation of $50. Attendees will enjoy free drinks; appetizers from Thundercloud Subs; live music; photos with Texas Stars’ mascot, Ringo; and a large silent auction with hundreds of items donated by local businesses. All donations directly support Marathon Kids programming and their mission to get kids moving.

Sanya Richards-Ross, a former University of Texas student and track and field athlete who competed for the United States at the Summer Olympics, will be a guest at the Run-A-Thon. Richards-Ross won gold in the 400 meters in 2012 after finishing third at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Richards-Ross has also won Olympic gold in the 4×400 meters relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the 2008 Summer Olympics, and the 2012 Summer Olympics. She was widely considered the best 400m runner in the world for several years, ranking first in the world from 2005-2009 and again in 2012.

Marathon Kids works closely with Austin Independent School District and registered nearly 34,000 runners this school year through partial grant funding. Many students have met their first marathon milestone (26.2 miles) and are working towards their 2nd, 3rd and 4th marathon milestones before the season’s end.

Physical inactivity among youth has created a nationwide pandemic, with youth obesity rates tripling since the 1980s. For 20 years, Marathon Kids has introduced youth in Austin to the joy of physical activity in a simple, fun and effective program. The program forges a lifelong commitment to exercise during the most formative years in a child’s life, one mile at a time. Last year, AISD elementary students improved their cardiovascular endurance from 67 percent to 72 percent.

“Marathon Kids was born in Austin, and this is where our heart lives,” said Marathon Kids CEO Cami Hawkins. “Austin ISD is a great partner, and we’re looking forward to expanding within Austin and the surrounding suburbs to help kids get healthier.”

Rogue Running is located at 410 Pressler St, Austin, TX 78703.

For more information: https://amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/marathonkids

ABOUT MARATHON KIDS

Marathon Kids helps 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.

Kids in the program work at their own pace to run, or walk, the equivalent mileage of up to four marathons, and Marathon Kids provides the training, rewards, tools and resources to keep them moving. Marathon Kids works for any kid, at any fitness level. Kids set their goals and track their progress on a journey to complete four marathons, or 104.8 miles, over the course of the running club season. They run (or walk) a lap at a time, at a day at a time, and before they know it they’ve gone farther than they ever dreamed. Kids enrolled in the program have a network of dedicated adults showing them how it’s done, and most importantly, a motivated and inspiring coach supporting them every step of the way.

Corporate partners and supporters include Nike, HEB, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Active Schools, USATF Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Target, Tejas Trails, Athletes for Hope, LA Dodgers Foundation, and St. David’s Foundation.

More information is available at marathonkids.org.

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NEWS RELEASE                                                            Contact:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Kristin Shaw, Director of Communications

February 19, 2018                                                           kristin@marathonkids.org

512-477-1259

 

MARATHON KIDS AWARDS OVER $1 MILLION IN FUNDING TO ESTABLISH RUN CLUBS FOR KIDS ACROSS AMERICA

  

AUSTIN, Texas – Marathon Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and happiness of children by engaging them in a positive, simple, goal-driven running and walking program, announced today the results of their Marathon Kids national grants for the 2017-2018 school year. Marathon Kids is funded primarily by corporate and private sponsors to help kids all over the United States create running clubs.

For this school year, Marathon Kids was able to provide $1,057,000 of funding to 568 run clubs — and help 63,675 Marathon Kids get running. Grants were awarded to recipients across 44 states, prioritizing schools and communities of high-need to receive grants; more than 93% of recipients have a large percentage of students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. Forty percent of recipients are brand new to the Marathon Kids program, receiving vital funding to help them jump-start the program for the first time.

Grant recipients received awards in the fall that allowed them to register their awarded number of participants for the Marathon Kids program at no cost. Schools have been running and walking since, and many students have met their first marathon milestone (26.2 miles) and are working towards their 2nd, 3rd and 4th marathon milestones before the season’s end.

“We are grateful to all of our sponsors who support the Marathon Kids mission to get kids moving and show them the joys and benefits of being active for life,” said Marathon Kids CEO Cami Hawkins. “We couldn’t do what we do without our community.”

This year’s sponsors include Nike, HEB Grocery Company, Target, The St. David’s Foundation, Fuel up to Play 60, The LA Dodgers Foundation, and The Austin Community Foundation.

For more information on the grant: https://marathonkids.org/

ABOUT MARATHON KIDS

Marathon Kids helps 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.

Kids in the program work at their own pace to run, or walk, the equivalent mileage of up to four marathons, and Marathon Kids provides the training, rewards, tools and resources to keep them moving. Marathon Kids works for any kid, at any fitness level. Kids set their goals and track their progress on a journey to complete four marathons, or 104.8 miles, over the course of the running club season. They run (or walk) a lap at a time, at a day at a time, and before they know it they’ve gone farther than they ever dreamed. Kids enrolled in the program have a network of dedicated adults showing them how it’s done, and most importantly, a motivated and inspiring coach supporting them every step of the way.

Corporate partners and supporters include Nike, HEB, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Active Schools, USATF Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Target, Tejas Trails, Athletes for Hope, LA Dodgers Foundation, and St. David’s Foundation.

More information is available at marathonkids.org.

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NEWS RELEASE                                                            Contact:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Kristin Shaw, Director of Communications

January 9, 2018                                                               kristin@marathonkids.org

512-477-1259

 

MARATHON KIDS ANNOUNCES NEW OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME GRANT TO FUND PROGRAMS FOR KIDS

 

AUSTIN, Texas – Marathon Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and happiness of children by engaging them in a positive, simple, goal-driven running and walking program, announced today the launch of a new out-of-school time grant. Grantees will be awarded funding in the form of a coupon code redeemable at marathonkids.org to cover all associated costs with the program.

All out-of-school time (including summer) programs in the United States are eligible to apply for the Marathon Kids Out-of-School Time Grant. This includes summer camps, community programs, church groups, and others. Programs that have previously participated in Marathon Kids are required to complete past seasons’ Finisher Surveys to be considered for the Marathon Kids grant.

“This grant allows us to reach more children across the country and empower them to adopt lifelong healthy behaviors,” said Marathon Kids CEO Cami Hawkins. “Research shows that our running clubs effectively jump-start healthy, long-lasting change, and it’s our mission to engage as many kids as we can.”

APPLICATION & IMPLEMENTATION TIMELINE

  • Grant applications accepted: Jan. 9th – Feb. 9th, 2018
  • Grant notifications emailed by: Feb. 16th, 2018
  • Grantees must register their run club by: Mar. 2nd, 2018
  • Club seasons must be completed by: Aug. 31st, 2018

For more information on the grant: https://marathonkids.org/ost-grant/

ABOUT MARATHON KIDS

Marathon Kids helps 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.

Kids in the program work at their own pace to run, or walk, the equivalent mileage of up to four marathons, and Marathon Kids provides the training, rewards, tools and resources to keep them moving. Marathon Kids works for any kid, at any fitness level. Kids set their goals and track their progress on a journey to complete four marathons, or 104.8 miles, over the course of the running club season. They run (or walk) a lap at a time, at a day at a time, and before they know it they’ve gone farther than they ever dreamed. Kids enrolled in the program have a network of dedicated adults showing them how it’s done, and most importantly, a motivated and inspiring coach supporting them every step of the way.

Corporate partners and supporters include Nike, HEB, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Active Schools, USATF Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Target, Tejas Trails, Athletes for Hope, LA Dodgers Foundation, and St. David’s Foundation.

More information is available at marathonkids.org.

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NEWS RELEASE                                                            Contact:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Kristin Shaw, Director of Communications

December 19, 2017                                                         kristin@marathonkids.org

512-477-1259 

 

MARATHON KIDS ANNOUNCES HEIDI GOLLUB AND KRISTIN SHAW AS DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

 

AUSTIN, Texas – Marathon Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and happiness of children by engaging them in a positive, simple, goal-driven running and walking program, announced today the addition of two directors to the leadership team. Heidi Gollub and Kristin Shaw are the new Director of Marketing and Director of Communications, respectively.

In this role, Gollub will be responsible for leading Marathon Kids’ digital marketing program, including influencer marketing, social media, new media, and more. Shaw will lead the traditional marketing efforts, including public relations, speechwriting, and branding, among other duties.

“Heidi and Kristin bring a vast knowledge base and wealth of experience to the Marathon Kids team, and we’re thrilled for them to join us,” said CEO Cami Hawkins. “We look forward to their ideas and leadership to help move our organization toward the future and help promote our mission to get kids moving.”

Gollub founded FreeFuninAustin.com, an award-winning website that was named Best Local Blog by Austin Chronicle readers. As the site’s Editor-in-Chief, Heidi partnered with local news stations and the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau to deliver quality digital and news content. Building on her success creating a highly-engaged online community, which was recognized by the Austin American-Statesman with a Texas Social Media Award, she began promoting travel and tourism destinations as Social Media Director for MindEcology.

Kristin Shaw built her career experience in the telecommunications, tech, and aviation industries, working with companies like Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA), WorldCom, and Ricoh. She’s a writer, frequently featured at national publications like The Washington Post, the TODAY show site, and The Huffington Post. In 2010, she co-founded SAFE Austin’s Touch-a-Truck event, which attracted more than 5,000 attendees in 2017. For several years, Kristin volunteered for the American Lung Association as a counselor and board member for Camp Breathe Easy in Atlanta, and she is currently on the board of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

ABOUT MARATHON KIDS

Marathon Kids helps 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.

Kids in the program work at their own pace to run, or walk, the equivalent mileage of up to four marathons, and Marathon Kids provides the training, rewards, tools and resources to keep them moving. Marathon Kids works for any kid, at any fitness level. Kids set their goals and track their progress on a journey to complete four marathons, or 104.8 miles, over the course of the running club season. They run (or walk) a lap at a time, at a day at a time, and before they know it they’ve gone farther than they ever dreamed. Kids enrolled in the program have a network of dedicated adults showing them how it’s done, and most importantly, a motivated and inspiring coach supporting them every step of the way.

Corporate partners and supporters include Nike, HEB, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Active Schools, USATF Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Target, Tejas Trails, Athletes for Hope, LA Dodgers Foundation, and St. David’s Foundation.

More information is available at marathonkids.org.

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