2018 kids marathon
Registration will open on January 1, 2018.
Final Mile - September 28, 2018 at Parkview Field in Downtown Fort Wayne
The Fort4Fitness Kids Marathon is sponsored by Lutheran Children's Hospital and is easy to do and fun for all!
The Kids Marathon is designed for kids ages 4-14 and has been created to promote exercise, wellness, and healthy lifestyles for kids and their families through a variety of unique training programs and events. We are dedicated to providing safe, fun, and high-quality events for athletes of all ages and abilities. Fort4Fitness operates under a simple premise: the sooner we can instill healthy lifestyles in our kids, the better health they will have later in life. A major contributor to a healthy lifestyle is getting regular exercise.
The goal of Kids Marathon is for each registered child to complete a marathon throughout the summer by logging miles through walking, running, biking, swimming, playing baseball, and more. They rack up 25 miles or more during the summer and then complete their final 1.2 mile at the Fall Festival on Friday night during Packet Pick-up. Throughout the summer, the Kick-off and Family Fun & Fitness events are held as a way to provide a space to log miles and take part in fun activities centered around health and fitness. The activities are organized by Lutheran Health Network. See the activity theme for each event below with the dates.
In 2017, 1,112 area kids took strides towards a more fit lifestyle while participating in the Fort4Fitness Kids Marathon. 2018 promises to be the biggest and best year yet. Don't miss it!
KIDS MARATHON SUMMER-LONG PROGRAM INCLUDES:
- Kids Marathon T-shirt
- Kids Marathon Goody & Training Log
- Family Fun & Fitness Events every other Thursday
- Finishers at the Final Mile receive a race medal!
FAMILY FUN & FITNESS EVENTS
EVERY OTHER THURSDAY DURING THE SUMMER!
Pre-register online or sign up on-site. Shirts and goody bags may be picked up at these events.
› FRIDAY, SEPT. 28
EVENING TIME: TBD
Fort4Fitness Fall Festival
1301 Ewing St.
Fort Wayne, IN
Home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps
This 1.2 mile course finishes by home plate of the TinCaps and all finishers recieve a finisher medal! Parents are welcome to run or walk with their children at the Final Mile. View the 2017 course map here. If you have not yet picked up your shirt and goody bag, you may do so at Kids Check-in between 1-6 pm.
2018 FINAL MILE: SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - SUBJECT TO SLIGHT CHANGE
1:00-6:00 pm Check-in (pick up runner bib number; may also pick up shirt & goody bag if you have not already)
4:00-6:30 pm Start Line Entertainment
6:30 pm Welcome and recognition of Kids Marathon sponsor Lutheran Children’s Hospital
6:35 pm Warm-up and stretching
6:40 pm Kids Marathoners line up (by age) at the start area
6:45 pm The Final Mile begins! (2017 course map)
Things to Know
- Don’t forget to bring your stamped passport if you attended the Kids Marathon Kick-off or Family Fun and Fitness Events!
- Wear your Fort4Fitness Kids Marathon Shirt! (If you haven’t picked up your shirt and goody bag yet, you will receive it at check-in)
- Wear your running shoes
- Wear the race bib you will be given at check-in (affix with the provided pins)
- Be ready to go at the Start Line by 6:15!
- The course is 1.2 miles in length around the stadium with the finish at home plate
- Each participant will receive a medal at the finish line
- Kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and cannot be dropped off at the event.
- Parents are encouraged to run with the kids, so they can share in their experience!
- If you are not running with your child, sections 113 and 114 will be reserved for parents to cheer from.
- Every Kids Marathon bib has a parent-child claim tag. Please remove this from the bib before they run. This is how you can reunite with your child after the race.
- Parents will be allowed onto the field after the Kids Start, so you can reunite with your child quickly and safely.
Other Friday Night Activities
- Arrive early and enjoy the Fort4Fitness Fall Festival Expo, food, and entertainment! The Expo is 12-8 pm and is open to the public free of charge.
- Fort4Fitness Merchandise will be for sale in the Expo.
- The Fort Wayne TinCaps will have concession stands open and food available for purchase.
The Kids Marathon training programs are designed to make exercise fun and achievable for kids. The program includes:
- A combination of running activities and other fitness fun
- Tips on how to get started and how to keep training exciting
- Proper running techniques and strategies
- Tools to track progress, including a Mileage Logbook
The program allows your child to set a goal, have the reward of achieving that goal, and then join the fun at the Final Mile to celebrate and recognize their success. The goal of Kids Marathon is to help children in our community develop a foundation for healthy habits and fitness that last a lifetime!
*Kids must be registered to participate in the Family Fun & Fitness Events and the Final Mile.