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Life Time Kids Run Miami

An open invitation to all middle school students in Miami-Dade County, the program’s goal is to offer every child an opportunity to run their first marathon (26.2 miles) and, in doing so, promote a fit and healthy lifestyle while teaching children to create and fulfill goals.

Participating Miami-Dade County schools and community youth organizations begin training in October 2024 and will complete the Final Mile of their marathon program on Sunday, February 2, 2025. All participating kids will receive their own hard-earned medal upon crossing the Finish Line in downtown Miami alongside thousands of marathon and half marathon adult participants.

Schools and organizations interested in joining the 2024-25 program may submit an application below!

Miles to Get Kids Moving | With the support of the Life Time Foundation, the Life Time Kids Run Miami marathon program is offered free for all Miami-Dade County Middle Schools. Empower our young athletes on their marathon journey by donating $26.20 today. Every step makes a difference! DONATE

Kids Run Miami Overview

Complimentary to Miami-Dade County schools and youth organizations, the Life Time Kids Run Miami program aims to help reduce the health risks and conditions that kids face today by promoting physical education and an active lifestyle through running, and it is our goal to involve as many children as possible from start to finish.

Participating coaches encourage students to run 25.2 miles over 15 weeks, culminating at the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half presented by FP Movement (February 2, 2025) with the Final Mile event where all participants will earn their own medal!


The Final Mile

On February 2, 2025 at 9:30 AM, scheduled buses will pick up the youth participants from their school/central location and be dropped off at the Final Mile start line. At 11:00 AM, the race will begin. Imagine thousands of students wearing their Life Time Kids Run Miami t-shirts and race numbers lined up at their very own start line with smiles on their faces as they get ready to run the Final Mile of their marathon. Once each student crosses the finish line, they will be able to show off their finisher medals to the world!

Life Time Miami Kids Mile

Kids ages 6-13 who attend a school/organization not part of the Life Time Kids Run Miami program now have the opportunity to run the Life Time Miami Kids Mile on February 2, 2025 and earn their own medal!

Participants in the Life Time Miami Kids Mile will run on the same course at the same times as those a part of the Life Time Kids Run Miami program and will have their race timed. Those who register individually through the Miami Kids Mile event will be responsible for their own transportation. All race kit materials (i.e. shirt and race bib) will be distributed at the Start Line on race day from 9:30 – 10:45 AM. More information will be emailed to registrants the week leading up to the race.


Be sure the participant information entered into registration is the child’s name and birth date.

Course Map

Start Line Location

NW 3rd St between N Miami Ave & NW 1st AveDetails subject to change.

Kids Run Miami Program Overview

Youth participants begin the program running one mile a week and gradually increase their running regimen over time with the opportunity to run together in a safe setting on the same course used by 18,000 marathon and half marathon runners.

The Training Phase
Teachers and staff from participating schools and organizations include a run as part of physical education class periods (or before/after school programs) per week and are asked to document progress from each youth participant and submit once they reach 25.2 miles. The running regimen begins with one mile completed per week and increases incrementally to 2.5 miles. By running multiple times per week, kids will complete the required mileage amounting to the 25.2 miles in 15 weeks, with the Final Mile taking place at the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half presented by FP Movement.


Program Resources
The Kids Run Miami program will provide the following to all participating schools and organizations:
• Program instructions and participation waiver
Running Logs
Training Calendar
Training Outline
Nutrition Resources
Promotional Poster
• Informational brochure
• Digital tracking capability

Weekly Instructions
Participation of each youth participant is encouraged Monday through Friday:
•  Provide opportunity to complete the weekly mileage (suggested four days a week)
•  Take attendance on provided running logs
•  Motivate kids to run on their own at home
•  Incorporate additional health and fitness tips to complement the program

Benefits of Involvement
Participating schools and organizations are given the opportunity to be recognized for their desire to help promote a worthwhile cause — fitness and physical education. Media exposure for the program and the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half reaches the entire globe. There is a minimal level of commitment needed from the schools/organizations to make this program a success. During the program, some sites may be asked to host pep rallies and other events to recognize those that are participating.

Program Goals
Life Time Athletic Events created the program with emphasis on helping students stay healthy and feel confident when accomplishing challenging goals. Recent studies show a distinct positive correlation between grades and physical activity. They may have more in common with each other than we may realize. Influencing the physical and mental health of young people in a positive direction is a step toward reshaping the future. The opportunity to help shape our leaders of tomorrow can make a world of change.

Coach Information

Coaches who participate and get involved will directly influence student participation. The Life Time Kids Run Miami program would also like to encourage the coaches to take part in the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half, as well as the Life Time Tropical 5K. Coaches are entitled to a free entry into any of these events, space permitting.

Program Application

If you are interested in having your school or community youth organization involved in this free, county-wide program, please submit the application form below. A member of our team will be in touch shortly after receiving the submission.

Life Time Kids Run Miami Application
Contact Name
Contact Name
What is your position at the school/organization?
By submitting this form I understand I will receive email communications about the Life Time Kids Run Miami program.

Many thanks to our partners who make this possible!

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