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Marathon Kids 


The Concept

Marathon Kids is an exciting project from children’s charity Kids Run Free. The project aims to give school children the opportunity to complete a marathon throughout the course of the school year by running laps of a course once or twice a week during their lunch break. The concept is based on personal achievement rather than competition - this encourages all children, regardless of fitness ability to take part by running as much or as little as they choose.

How much does it cost?

The implementation of Marathon Kids is FREE with the option to purchase the Marathon Kids Starter Kits

What you get for free: 

  • a Kids Run Free ‘Marathon Maker’ at your school to launch the Marathon Kids programme
  • a PowerPoint presentation delivered during your assembly
  • set up and measuring of the running course/s
  • full set up of the Digital Tracking System including all class registers
  • a digital certificate that you can print off and write on the names/distances
  • training of the Marathon Champion (teacher) and Marathon Ambassadors (yr 5/6 children) to manage the programme over the year
  • time spent ensuring the programme meets your needs and fits into your school day
  • teacher's guide to running Marathon Kids with helpful hints and tips to success
  • parent/guardian engagement tools
  • continued support throughout the academic year to keep you on track and up to date
  • the Marathon Kids monthly newsletter
  • invitation to attend a Festival of Running event in June 

Marathon Kids School Field Starter Kit - £150

  • event stakes to mark out the running course and funnel     
  • Marathon Kids corner flags               
  • race tape                                                   
  • lap bands for children to collect as they run each lap    
  • 200 reward stickers for 10k, half marathon, 30k & full marathon milestones                       
  • the inclusion of administration costs

If you choose not to purchase the Marathon Kids Starter Kit we would require that you provide us with suitable equipment and lap bands for us to be able to set up your Marathon Kids.

Marathon Kids Playground Starter Kit - £50

  • 2 x stencils of a Marathon Kids trainer print
  • large can of white playground spray paint


The Marathon Kids concept fits within the ethos of the 2013’s OFSTED report “Beyond 2012: Outstanding physical education for all”. Furthermore taking part in Marathon Kids can contribute towards OFSTED requirements on the effective use of PE and sports funding as well as your Bronze, Silver & Gold Healthy Schools Awards.

Specific examples are:

  • Engaging the least active pupils in physical activity
  • Providing training and payment for midday supervisors to introduce playground games at breaks and lunchtimes
  • Challenging pupils to improve personal fitness
  • Developing children's leadership skills
  • Developing children's awareness of their own Health & Wellbeing

For this and more information please download our Marathon Kids Information Pack. To launch Marathon Kids at your school please download the Marathon Kids Application Form and email to:





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