2014 Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Grand Rapids Kids Marathon

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Kids Marathon Runners and Families:

We hope your training for the Eighth Annual Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Grand Rapids Kids Marathon is going well! Hopefully most of you who are reading this have already registered for this year’s Kids Marathon, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., at the David D. Hunting YMCA. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so as soon as possible since we will be closing registration soon.

Our recent Newsletter to Kids Marathon participants announced our next group run scheduled for Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. This one-mile run will include an “obstacle course,” which in the past has been very popular with our runners! The obstacle course run will take place at John Ball Zoo in the grassy area adjacent to Park Street.  We hope our Kids Marathon runners can join us for this fun run!

For anyone who is not familiar with our Kids Marathon event, please read on for more information.


Children first register FOR FREE by clicking on the registration link above. Beginning the first week in August, children commit to running or walking two to three miles a week, in one-half or one-mile increments, with a friend or family member.  They track their progress on the Log Sheet that can be downloaded and printed from this page (see link above). The log goes through mile 25, nearly a marathon distance.  Then on Race Weekend, the children will run or walk the last 1.2 miles of the marathon distance on the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon race course. On the day of the event, pre-registered runners will receive:

• A race t-shirt.
• An official race bib.
• Kids Marathon medal and finisher’s certificate.
• Post-race refreshments.

Children of all ages are welcome to participate in our event. On race day, the youngest ones can run with their parents, grandparents, or an older sibling.

It is our hope that in the course of their training, children will learn that it is fun to be active and that it feels great to be healthy and fit! As a result, they will be encouraged to continue their healthy lifestyles well beyond race weekend, making physical activity and good nutrition a priority in their daily lives.


The Kids Marathon was started by the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon in response to a growing need to improve the health and fitness of our youth by promoting healthy lifestyles through increased physical activity and attention to good nutrition.

The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital signed on as our Title Sponsor in 2010, and they have renewed their title sponsorship every year since then. Other renewing sponsors and community partners include Gazelle Sports, Metro Health Sports Medicine, Life EMS, David D. Hunting YMCA, WGVU Engage Health Committee, the Grand Rapids Public Library, and the Kent District Library.


Volunteers will be needed on the day of the event to help with race weekend logistics. If you are interested in volunteering for the Kids Marathon, please click on the Volunteer page found under the “Get Involved” tab of this website and send an e-mail to Kristin Haight, our Kids Marathon Volunteer Coordinator.


The Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon continues to offer this event free of charge because of its commitment to bettering the health and fitness of the children in our community. We would be pleased to have local businesses, or organizations that support programs for children, partner with us in order to help underwrite the costs of putting on this event. Sponsorship could be through financial support or donations, such as healthful snacks for race packets and post-race refreshment area. For more information, please contact Francine Robinson at frobinson58@aol.com.

For answers to even more questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page HERE

We hope to see both new and familiar faces at the 2014 Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Grand Rapids Kids Marathon on Saturday, October 18!  Keep moving, and have fun!

Jan and Francine

Francine Robinson – Committee Chair
Jan Host – Co-Chair
2014 Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Grand Rapids Kids Marathon Committee
E-mail: jhost@wnj.com -or- frobinson58@aol.com