Kids Marathon

2017 kids marathon 

Final Mile - September 29, 2017 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 2016, 1,083 area kids took strides towards a more fit lifestyle while participating in the Fort4Fitness Kids Marathon. 2017 promises to be the biggest and best year yet. Don't miss it!

View the PDF flyer here


$10  through August 17
$15  August 18 - September 14 


Pre-register online or sign up on-site. Shirts and goody bags may be picked up at these events. 
3:30-6:00 pm
ASH Centre*
1701 Freeman St, Fort Wayne, IN

September 14
Hawaiian LUAU! activities & organized group runs


6:45 pm 

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. 


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! (2016 course map)

Things to Know
Parent/Guardian Information
Other Friday Night Activities

The Kids Marathon training programs are designed to make exercise fun and achievable for kids. The program includes:

The program allows your child to set a goal, have the reward of achieving that goal, and then join the fun on September 29th 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.