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From its humble beginnings in 1970 when a group of friends from the University of Washington decided to hold their own marathon, the Seattle Marathon Family of Events has grown into the largest combination marathon/half marathon in the Northwest and one of the top ten largest in the U.S. That first marathon 45 years ago sported 38 runners. This year, 15,000 participants are expected for the marathon and half marathon walking and running events. Join us November 27th for Seattle's Original Hometown Marathon Year 47.
The Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon is structured to allow children—kindergarten through eighth grade—to complete a full 26.2 mile marathon at a rate that is fun and safe for their growing bodies “one mile at a time.” It also encourages them to read 13 books, try 13 healthy foods and perform 13 good deeds.
In ancient Greece, Phidippedes ran from the plains of Marathon to Athens to report about the Persian War. That is where the marathon got its name. Thousands of years later, people still run, but now they do it for fun.
About half a million people run marathons every year! People who run marathons train a lot. Your body must be in good shape to run a marathon. A marathon is 26.2 miles. The Seattle Children's Kids Marathon will get you on your way to being physically fit.
The course starts inside Gas Works Park and continues on N. Northlake Way west. Runners then will turn on to the Burke-Gilman Trail. They will run on the Burke-Gilman through Fremont and turn right onto Bright St. and an immediate right onto Leary Way NW. Runners will continue on Leary Way NW until they reach 2nd Ave, at which they will turn right and follow 2nd Ave until it reaches the Burke-Gilman Trail. Turn East on the Burke-Gilman and follow it until the N. Northlake Way and 34th St. intersection. Runners then will proceed on 34th St, which will turn into N. Pacific St, participants will turn right onto the Burke-Gilman Trail heading west. Runners will follow the trail into Gas Works Park.
We invite you to the annual Seattle Marathon Kids Fun Run on Saturday, August 26 at 9:30 am. Kids ages 5 to 14 are invited to run our 1 mile course (with shorter options for the little ones), held at Gas Works Park in North Lake Union.
Kids will receive a t-shirt, goody bag and award for participating in the fun run. Special prizes may include shoe giveaways from Super Jock ‘N Jill, and awards for completing fun run games.