Marathon Kids is simple and effective with a 95% participation rate achieved over the past three academic years. Kids run/walk laps of their playground or sports field at school. All laps are recorded by collecting an elastic band per lap, until the number of laps equals the distance of a marathon. Children are inspired to run/walk up to four marathons per school year and all of their personal achievements are celebrated.

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Why it works

Kids Run Free takes a scientific approach to the development of the Marathon Kids programme.

Not only do we conduct our own measurement & evaluation throughout the course of the programme, we have partnered with Loughborough University, to research the implementation, and Marathon Kids US to develop a programme that is sustainable and really works.

Our approach is based on the Marathon Kids Five Pillars

Goal setting – We encourage you to allow kids to set their own goals and work hard for them

Tracking – Kids Run Free provides a Digital Tracking System (DTS) allowing you to track and measure all participants progress and participation in real time with no need to send back data to us

Role-modelling – Running with your kids is proven to increase participation and enjoyment. Kids Run Free will support you to become a Marathon Kid too

Celebrating – We will help you to celebrate all kids achievements right from the launch event to the final lap

Rewards – Kids Run Free have all the incentives you need to reward your Marathon Kids and keep them motivated toward achieving their goals

The Kids Run Free Running App

Inspire your Marathon Kids to continue the running outside of school by using the KRF Running App. When you become a Marathon Kids school you will be able to download a QR Code for every child that you enter onto your DTS (Digital Tracking System). This QR Code, when scanned by a parent adding a child to the app, will connect that child’s app and your DTS together. This means that the parent will be able to see what their child runs in school and you will be able to see what running the child does outside of school, giving you further understanding of the impact of the programme, (your school running data is always kept separate).

Download the KRF Running App here.

The Kids Run Free shop

We have developed a range of products to support you to deliver your Marathon Kids programme. These include, to mention but a few, running course Starter Kits for grass fields or hard standing playgrounds, Marathon Kids branded rewards and dedicated Marathon Makers who will visit your school and set up and launch the programme for you.

To see all products, please click here.