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 Fort4Fitness Kids Marathon

presented by:
Lutheran Health Network Lutheran Children's Hospital

The Final Mile at Parkview Field on Friday, September 26 was a huge success! A record number of kids participated in this year's Kids Marathon, working hard all summer long to log their miles and cross the finish line at Parkview Field to celebrate their success from the summer. Thank you to everyone who attended our Thursday Pep Rallies at the ASH Centre! We had a great time organizing activities with Lutheran Children's Hospital and Erin's House to help promote healthy living and fitness to our Kids Marathon participants!

2014 Kids Marathon Training Packet and Mileage Logboook are available for download!


Kids Marathon Final Mile

  • Friday, September 26, 6:30 pm at Parkview Field

  • Check-In: 1 - 6 p.m.

    • The Check-In table will be to the left when you walk in the main entrance at Parkview Field. Please look for the signs to direct you to the area. The packets are organized in alphabetical order and there will be signs to direct you to the correct table.
    • Don't forget to bring your stamped passport if you attended the Kids Marathon Kickoff and Pep Rallies.

If you haven’t picked up your Kids Marathon goody bag, training shirt, mileage log and activity book, you can pick them up at the Kids Marathon Check-In at Parkview Field on Friday, September 26.

Schedule of Events:

  • 4 – 6:15pm - Tiny Bubbles (Steve Michaels) will provide start line entertainment

  • 6:15 - Welcome and recognition of our sponsor - Lutheran Children's Hospital

  • 6:20 - Warm up and stretching for the start of the race!

  • 6:25 - Kids Marathoners line up (by age) at the start line area

  • 6:30 - Final Mile begins!

What you will receive:

  • Kids are encouraged to wear their orange F4F Kids Marathon shirts (If you did not pick up your F4F Kids Marathon shirt during registration, you may do so at Check in)

  • A Kids Marathon bib for each participant with their own unique race number

  • The bibs have a tear-off claim ticket for parents that matches their child’s bib number to provide a way to reunite parents and kids after the race

  • Pins to attach the bib to the front of the participant’s shirt

  • After check in, kids and parents are directed to the start line area in front of the stadium

  • Photos of each participant will be taken as they cross the finish line

  • Each Kids Marathon participant will be presented with a medal at the finish line

Parent/Child Reunion:

We encourage parents to run with the kids so you can enjoy the excitement as they complete their running and receive their medal. If you are not running with your child, we have a special Kids Marathon reunion area at Parkview Field. Sections 113 and 114 are reserved for parents to assemble and cheer for their children as they cross the finish line (at home plate). Please be seated in this area and enjoy the excitement as you see your child on the jumbo-tron display and witness them receiving their medal! 

On the bib of every child is a parent-child claim ticket. Please remove this from the top of your child’s bib before they run. You will need to show this in order to pick up your child at the Kids Marathon Reunion Area. All bibs and claim tickets are matched to provide maximum safety and security for “our kids”.

The first three rows of section 114 will be roped off as a non-seating area so that parents can have a walking row to come to the field entrance to be reunited with their child.

We will allow parents onto the field area after the kids start so you can reunite with your child quickly and safely. Be prepared for a little crowd as we have a record number of children registered this year. We do our best to quickly reunite families, but as you can appreciate, we want to do so in the safest manner possible.

Friday Night Activities at the Fort4Fitness Festival include:

  • Our Fall Festival Expo takes place on Friday from 1 – 8pm with nearly 50 vendors.

  • Fort4Fitness merchandise will be on sale in the Event Center!

  • The TinCaps – our host site for Fort4Fitness – will have a full menu of food to include a pasta dinner.

  • The Fort4Fitness registrants who are participating in Saturday’s races will be coming in for “Race Packet Pickup” – many come to allow them time to get their race packets AND enjoy the Kids and Senior Marathon events!

2013 Fort4Fitness Kids Marathon        2013 Kids Marathon

2014 Fort4Fitness Kids Marathon "Final Mile" Course Map

About the Kids Marathon

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.

In 2013, 836 area kids took strides toward a more fit lifestyle while participating in the Fort4Fitness Kids Marathon.

Free Online Training Programs

Fort4Fitness provides a fun and effective way to encourage kids to exercise by providing a free, flexible and practical training program. All that’s needed to begin is an adult registering their child and then you get to choose the program that best fits your child and your family.

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

  • Incentives to recognize and reward runners

  • Tips on how to get started and how to keep training exciting

  • Proper running techniques and strategies

  • Tools to track progress, including a downloadable tailored log

The program allows your child to set a goal, have the reward of achieving that goal and then coming together in a fun-filled supportive environment in September to celebrate and recognize their success. Our goal is to help children in our community develop a foundation for healthy habits and fitness that will continue for generations to come.

Start of the 2012 Fort4Fitness Kids Marathon

Incentives and Rewards

  • All kids will receive a training shirt and a training log at the Kids Marathon Kickoff.

  • To celebrate the achievements of our young runners, Fort4Fitness will host a 1.2 mile Fun Run at Parkview Field at the Fort4Fitness Fall Festival where each finisher will receive a bib and medal, as well as special recognition for the event that they successfully completed.

For more information on being a part of the Fort Wayne Kids Marathon, please contact: