The Seattle 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 kids to read, eat nutritious foods and perform good deeds. Register to complete the program virtually or to finish the program in-person.
IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL OPTIONS
The Seattle Kids Marathon fall program 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 eat 26 good meals, read 13 books and perform 13 do-rights (good deeds).
Start your marathon journey at a pace that works for you then join together either virtually at anytime or in-person on November 27th to run the final mile together at Gas Works Park.
The 2021 Seattle Kids Marathon is teaming up with The Sports Institute at UW Medicine. This collaboration connects students who participate in The Daily MileTM with the Seattle Kids Marathon experience. If your child participates in The Daily Mile at their school, they can register for this year’s Seattle Kids Marathon with a special code. Ask your child’s teacher for an event code or to learn more about the Daily Mile Program click here.
SEATTLE KIDS MARATHON SCHOLARSHIP
Nominate a school-aged kid to receive a scholarship to participate in the
2022 Seattle Kids Marathon.
*In order to protect each child's identity, all award entries will be distributed to and by the nominator (that's you!)
*Feel free to nominate more than one kid. *Winners will be selected on a rolling basis through Thanksgiving Day 2022.
*All nominations must be received by Thanksgiving Day.
HOW TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM
Find a safe place to run.
Walk or run 25 miles, eat 26 good meals, read 13 books and perform 13 do-rights (good deeds) before Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving weekend schedule your final 1.2 miles, plan a route close to home and set up a fun finish line!
TRAINING TIPS FOR YOUR MARATHON
Wear running shoes or sneakers and socks. Proper footwear helps prevent foot problems.
Run/walk with a friend. You can encourage each other that way.
Talk while you run/walk, you can maintain the perfect pace that way.
Stretch your legs before you run. Stretching helps prevent injuries. Hold each stretch for 20 seconds without bouncing up and down.
Drink lots of water after you run and throughout the day. Water helps muscles do their work.
Get plenty of sleep. Your muscles need lots of rest so you can keep running/walking every day.
Eat a well-balanced diet including lots of protein and carbohydrates. Your body needs fuel to do its work!
TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR YOUR MARATHON
Below is a training schedule with suggested distances or you may set up your own schedule. If you can only run or walk a little, keep trying. If you run or walk more than a mile per day, great! If you play a lot of soccer or other sports where you run a lot, this may be easy. Just remember to space your workouts so you are prepared to run or walk the final distance on Marathon Saturday! Early completion of the program is not recommended. The schedule leaves Saturdays and Sundays available for make up days or to give you a rest day during the week. It is important to keep track of your progress toward your goal. As you complete each mile, color or mark off each mile on the Run-O-Meter.
6 weeks before race day: .5 mile / weekday = 2.5 miles total
5 weeks before race day: .5 mile / weekday = 5 miles total
4 weeks before race day: 1 mile / weekday = 10 miles total
3 weeks before race day: 1 mile / weekday = 15 miles total
2 weeks before race day: 1 mile / weekday = 20 miles total
1 weeks before race day: 1 mile / weekday = 25 miles total
Race Day!: 1.2 miles = 26.2 miles total
1. ) The first 25 miles are “honor” miles. Kids get the most from this experience if they earn these miles. Measure a safe, secure route, which will allow easy record keeping. A typical city block for example, is approximately 1/4 mile around. The track at the local high school is 1/4 mile around. You can even measure a route inside your home and run/walk it to reach the mileage goal. We encourage you to join your kids and being active a family goal.
2.) As your marathoner completes his/her goals, he/she can keep track of progress using the Seattle Kids Marathon trackers linked below.
3.) Kids may be awarded shoe tokens and certificates for finishing each of these milestones. Tokens are included in their race packets and certificates may be downloaded here.
Reading 13 books: certificate
Doing 13 "Do-Rights" or good deeds: certificate
Eating 26 healthy meals: certificate
Running 5 miles: chain, #5 token and 5-mile certificate
Running 10 miles: Good effort token and 10-mile certificate
Running 15 miles: Runner token and 15-mile certificate
- Running 20 miles: Book token and 20-mile certificate
- Running 25 miles: #25 token
- Running 26.2 miles: completion certificate (downloadable from RaceRoster.com) and finisher medal (included with race packet for virtual participants or given at finish line for in-person participants)
4.) The final 1.2 miles
VIRTUAL PARTICIPANTS - After completing 25 miles of running, help make the final 1.2 miles of the kids marathon special! Virtual participants can make it special wherever they are. Plan the final 1.2 mile run in a safe location, set up a finish line and invite family and friends (from a safe distance) to come cheer. Present the Kids Marathon Medal and Finisher Certificate as your participant crosses their finish line and then celebrate! Download the virtual parent information letter HERE
IN-PERSON PARTICIPANTS - Join other runners from the Seattle area at Gas Works Park on Saturday November 27, 2021 for run the final 1.2 mile course. After crossing the finish line participants will receive their finisher medal, Finisher Certificate and Goody Bag. In-person participants will have race photos available for purchase from MarathonPhoto.
Download the in-person parent information letter HERE
IMPORTANT RACE DAY INFORMATION
FOR IN-PERSON RUNNERS
The safety of our participants, group leaders and volunteers is a top priority as we return to in-person events. We are following city/state mandates along with the recommendations from our Medical Sponsors at UW Medicine.
ALL ATTENDEES 5+ years of age must wear a face mask and always maintain social distancing regardless of vaccination status at the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon Health and Fitness Expo and inside the event space at Gas Works Park.
FULLY VACCINATED ATTENDEES must show proof of having received an approved vaccination to enter all event areas and/or pick up their race packets.
People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the final dose of vaccine (the second dose for a two-dose vaccine like Moderna or Pfizer or a single does of a single-does vaccine like Johnson & Johnson).
Anyone who is not fully vaccinated as defined above will need to produce a negative COVID test as defined below.
UNVACCINATED ATTENDEES including children under 12, people with a medical or religious exemption and those not yet fully vaccinated, will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (no rapid test) within 72 hours prior to the event.
Please take a moment to read our full Covid-19 Plan online here.
BIB PICK UP
All participants must wear their official Bib Number pinned to their front. To claim your Bib Number, come to one of the following locations and times.
November 25, 2022 (Friday)
11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon Health & Fitness EXPO 2022
The Westin Seattle, Downtown Seattle
The EXPO at The Westin Seattle provides a great opportunity to participate in the total “marathon experience,” to learn more about fitness and enjoy several different kinds of goodies.
November 26, 2022 (Saturday)
(Check-in 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.)
Seattle Kids Marathon Staging Area
Picnic Shelter — Gas Works Park
More than 300 kids are expected to participate in the Seattle Kids Marathon, so traffic may be a challenge and parking will be at a premium. Parking at Gas Works Park is available as well as limited on-street parking.
Enter Gas Works Park through the east entrance and follow the signs towards the Covid-19 screening point just outside of the picnic shelter. Once you have your wristband and bib participants and families will be directed to the South Lawn for pre-race activities.
Please remember many kids will pick up their bibs the day of race, so get there early and allow extra time to get your bib and meet with your group leader, if your child is running in a group.
Kids, parents, and race officials will move as a group from the South Lawn to the Start Line. You may accompany your marathoners to the start line and, if you wish, run/walk with them on the final 1.2 miles. If you are running with your child, you must wear the corresponding adult bib give at check in. If you aren’t running/walking with your child, please cheer from the sidelines and take photos!
A map of the route is included and will be available both at the EXPO and the Kids Staging Area.
Parents, please stay out of the marked finishing lane at Gas Works Park. Also, please leave all animals at home for the event. This is an exciting time, and we want all marathon finishers to have the best marathon experience possible.
There should be plenty of good camera angles and spectator viewpoints along the course and near the finish line.
POST RACE GOODIES
After the kids cross the finish line, they will receive their finisher medal, water, goody bag and space blanket. Kids then proceed through a secure finisher chute to the finish line celebration area where participants can visit vendor booths and take pictures in front of marathon photo backdrops.
START A TEAM AND HAVE MORE FUN RUNNING TOGETHER
Every Seattle Kids Marathon participant starts their running journey because one dedicated adult decides to make a difference. This can be a parent, teacher, counselor, or coach. It can be anyone with a passion for igniting the joy of running and inspiring kids to move and achieve more. It can be YOU. And the Seattle Kids Marathon fall program makes it easy.
School this year may look different, with after school activities and sports cancelled kids need fun ways to stay active. The Seattle Kids Marathon is turn key program that is easy to add to your fall curriculum. We provide the resources you need to get started and to keep your runners engaged as they work towards their marathon goal and beyond.
For more information about being a group leader contact us at Kids@SeattleMarathon.org
We're partnering with The Sports Institute at UW Medicine to get more kids moving
We're excited to announce our new partnership with the Sports Institute at UW Medicine to help children access even more opportunities to move this fall.
This collaboration unites two existing programs – The Daily Mile™, an initiative led by The Sports Institute in Washington state elementary schools, and the Seattle Kids Marathon – and will help build awareness of low-cost opportunities for kids and families to stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Sports Institute has already been working with educators and school administrators across Washington state to integrate 15-minutes of physical activity into the school day. The Seattle Kids Marathon gives teachers a tangible way for their students to be more active outside of school.
This year’s Seattle Kids Marathon will be held virtually (October 1 - December 15) and is open to students from kindergarten to 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. In addition, students who participate in The Daily Mile can register for the marathon at a discounted rate. Scholarships are also available.
“Now more than ever – as schools remain closed to in-person learning and youth sports are sidelined – our kids need fun, inclusive and low-cost ways to keep moving,” said Dr. Samuel Browd, director of The Sports Institute at UW Medicine. “By partnering with The Seattle Marathon, we’re able to help more kids in our community reap the benefits of physical activity. There’s no higher priority for us.”
“Everyone who has participated in a marathon knows that race day is just one part of months of preparation,” says Louise Long, executive director of SMA. “We believe that is something everyone can appreciate, at any age. The Seattle Kids Marathon gives school-aged children the opportunity to experience the challenge, satisfaction and celebration that comes with goal-setting and working hard. Thanks to a virtual format and our partnership with The Sports Institute, we anticipate reaching several new schools and communities across the country with another way to get moving.”
To learn more and get involved, visit www.thesportsinstitute.com.
The Daily Mile is a free, school-based program that encourages children to run or jog for fifteen minutes every day to improve their health, concentration, and learning. The Sports Institute is working with The Daily Mile Foundation to improve the health and wellbeing of children in the United States, while identifying and understanding the connections between physical activity and improved academic, behavioral and health outcomes in students. Learn more at www.thedailymile.us.
The Sports Institute at UW Medicine works to expand participation and safety in sports. Since its founding, The Sports Institute has led first-of-its-kind efforts to legislate safe return to play across all 50 states and to advance best practices in sports safety. Based in Seattle, The Sports Institute partners across sectors and convenes experts, evidence-based approaches and research to encourage play and to make sports safer. The Sports Institute is a proud member of the UW Medicine community, one of the world’s leading centers for patient care, medical education and research.