The kids marathon is a unique way for your child to participate in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend, while also learning the importance of fitness and helping others.
11 years old and younger. Your child must be accompanied by an adult in order to participate on race day.
Before race day
Your child will complete all but one mile of a full (26.2 miles) or half marathon (13.1 miles) at his/her own pace. Keep track of his/her progress using our official mileage tracker. You can also keep track of the donations your child gathers with our donation tracking form.
On race day
Your child will run or walk the final mile with you (or a specified guardian of legal age) as part of the family fun run. Strollers and baby joggers are allowed; however, for safety reasons, we ask that you start in the back of the pack, regardless of whether you are walking or running.
How it works
Step 1 - Parents register all participating family members.
Step 3 - Kids follow their training plan and run or walk 12.1 or 25.2 miles before race day. They can track their progress with the mileage tracker, which their parents will sign.
Step 4 - A parent/guardian submits the completed official mileage tracker, along with the donation tracking form and any donations, at Packet Pickup during the pre-race Expo to receive the child's certificate of completion.
Step 5 - Kids complete the final mile with their families at the kids marathon and family fun run.
Kids running for kids
Help other kids with every step you take. Register for the family fun run, and you'll automatically be a St. Jude Hero (no fundraising commitment required). What a great opportunity to teach your children the importance of health and helping others.
Within 48 hours of registering, we'll email you information on how to set up your personal fundraising website.
Race packets at the Expo
Race packets must be picked up at the Expo. There will be no packet pickup available on race day. Packets will include:
- official T-shirt
- race number (required on race day)
- goodie bag
- finisher medal
- certificate of completion
- YMCA post-race celebration
YMCA post-race celebration
Immediately following the kids marathon and family fun run, the Fogelman YMCA will host the official post-race celebration featuring games, a moon bounce, food and more. We'll have lots of mascots there to help celebrate your victory!
To receive a certificate of completion, we must receive the signed official mileage tracker at the Expo.