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.

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.



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



Nominate a school-aged kid to receive a scholarship to participate in the

2021 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 2021.

*All nominations must be received by Thanksgiving Day.


  • Register

  • 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!


  • 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!



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 Enmotive.com) and finisher medal (included with race packet for virtual participants or given at finish line for in-person participants)

​4.) After completing 25 miles of running on their own, help make the final 1.2 miles of the kids marathon special! In-person participants will race at the Seattle Center the Saturday after Thanksgiving for a fun and festive celebration. 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. In-person participants will have race photos available for purchase from a professional photography service. Virtual participants may share their race photos through your EnMotive.com account or use #runsea & #seattlekidsmarathon on social media.

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