Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Kids Marathon

Our kickoff run was a great success.  Congratulations to everyone who came out and ran their first mile.  Download the log sheet and start logging your miles.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 6:30pm for the obstacle course fun run to be held at John Ball Park Zoo (south parking log).  What a great way to log one more mile.  When you finish you will receive an award, water and post-race foods.

11TH ANNUAL HELEN DEVOS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL GRAND RAPIDS KID’S MARATHON.

REGISTER HERE It’s free! (Then download the log sheet–see below)

What?  You would make kid’s run a whole marathon?  Yes, they can, but not all at one time.

We are striving to encourage healthy lifestyles for children and their families.  The children learn self-management skills by setting goals and tracking/charting their progress.  Setting a goal, logging their miles and achieving the goal encourages healthy lifestyles not only in physical aspects, but mentally encourages strong minds and builds self-esteem in all stages of their lives.

Our goal with the HELEN DEVOS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL GRAND RAPIDS KID’S MARATHON is for children to learn to become physically active for a lifetime.  Running creates endorphins, which make you happy.  Happiness makes you smile and feel good about yourself.  Feeling good about you builds self-esteem.  A strong self-esteem creates leadership.

Our Event

The 11th Annual Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Grand Rapids Kids Marathon will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm at the David D. Hunting YMCA

Sign Up for Free

Register for the Kids Marathon beginning August 1 through September 16, 2017 HERE

Begin Your Training

Starting the week of August 7, run or walk three miles a week (in half-mile or one-mile increments) until you have completed 25 miles.  Download the progress log from the Kids Marathon page of grandrapidsmarathon.com to keep track of your miles.

Get Ready to Run

On Saturday, October 14, run the last 1.2 miles of your marathon on the official race course of the Grand Rapids Marathon (at the David D. Hunting YMCA).  Registered runners receive an official race bib and T-shirt.  All finishers receive a medal and certificate.  Participants who complete 5, 13 or 20 miles on their log are eligible for incentive prizes.

Registration [Click here]

Log Sheet (English) [Click here]

Log Sheet (Spanish) [Click here]

Information Sheet [Click here]

Frequently asked Q & As [Click here]

Stretching Program [Click here]

Race Information [Click here]

We thank our sponsors for making our event such a great success.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Title Sponsor

The YMCA

Metro Health Sports Medicine

Life EMS Ambulance

Meijer

Culver’s

Gazelle Sports

Transnation Title Agency

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

Gordon Water

Titan Equipment

MyWay Mobile Storage

Kent District Library

Grand Rapids Public Library

Kent Vocational Options

GymCo

       Kent County Foster Care            Coalition

Jan Host – Race Director
DeVos Children’s Hospital Grand Rapids Kids Marathon
E-mail: janchost@gmail.com