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.
Kids Run Miami Overview
Participating schools and teachers will encourage students to run 25 miles over 15 weeks culminating at the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon (February 6, 2022) on the final 1.2 miles of the marathon course.
PE Program Overview
Students will begin the program running one mile a week and will gradually increase their running regimen over time with the opportunity to run together in a safe setting on the same course used by 15,000 marathon and half marathon runners.
The Training Phase
Teachers and staff from participating schools will include a run as part of physical education class periods per week and our asked to document progress from each student and submit once they reach 25 miles. The running regimen begins with one mile completed per week and will increase to 2.5 miles. By running multiple times per week, students will complete the required mileage amounting to the 25 miles in 15 weeks, with the final 1.2 miles taking place at the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon.
The program coordinator checks progress and ensures that students are fulfilling the necessary distance goals, and will be available year-round to provide guidance and advice.
Samantha Bailey – firstname.lastname@example.org
*Only children who complete weekly goals totaling the 25 miles necessary will be issued a race number to take part in the Kids Run Miami Final Mile at the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon.
Teachers who participate and get involved will directly influence student participation. The Kids Run Miami program would also like to encourage the teachers to take part in the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon, as well as the Life Time Tropical 5K. Teachers are entitled to a free entry into any of these events. You may contact Samantha Bailey, the Program Director, for entry information at 305-278-8668
For more information on resources available, see Teacher Resources below:
Visual Encouragement and Tools
The Kids Run Miami program will provide the following to all participating schools:
• Program instructions
• Sample finisher medal
• Running logs for each student
• Program poster
Participation from students is encouraged Monday through Friday:
• Provide opportunity to complete the weekly mileage (suggested four days a week)
• Take attendance on provided running logs
• Motivate children to run on their own at home
• Incorporate additional health and fitness tips to complement the program
The Final Mile
On February 6, 2022 at 9:30 a.m., scheduled buses will pick up the teachers and students from their school and be dropped off at the Final Mile start line. At 11 a.m. the race will begin. Imagine thousands of students wearing their 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 their final 1.2 miles of their marathon. Once each student crosses the finish line, they will be able to show off their finisher medals to the world.
Benefits of Involvement
Participating schools 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 Marathon reaches the entire globe. There is a minimal level of commitment needed from the schools to make this program a success. Also, all participating schools completing the program will be named in a newspaper advertisement to acknowledge their achievements. During the program, some schools may be asked to host pep rallies and other events to recognize those that are participating.
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.