Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Kids Marathon

We would like to thank all of the runners and parents who conquered the rainy weather and participated in the eleventh annual Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Grand Rapids Kids Marathon on Saturday, October 20, 2018. It was great to see everyone so excited and watch the runners run their last 1.2 miles! The volunteers on the run course were amazed as to the excitement, constant jumping and “high 5s” they received from the runners. The field of lime green t-shirts running through the streets of downtown Grand Rapids helped to inspire the participants of the Grand Rapids Marathon who were at the YMCA to pick up their race packets. Many stopped by the fence to watch you cross the finish line and it brought tears to their eyes.


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 13th Annual Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Grand Rapids Kids Marathon will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 1:30 pm at the David D. Hunting YMCA

Sign Up for Free

Register for the Kids Marathon beginning August 1 through October 14, 2018

Begin Your Training

Starting the week of August 6, 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 20, 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.

Frequently asked Q & A’s [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


Metro Health Sports Medicine

Life EMS Ambulance



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 County Foster Care            Coalition

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