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 youth organizations will begin training in October 2023 and complete the Final Mile of their marathon program on Sunday, January 28, 2024. 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.
Interested in participating? Please submit the application form at the bottom of this page.
Kids Run Miami Overview
Complimentary to Miami-Dade County schools, 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 schools and teachers encourage students to run 25.2 miles over 15 weeks, culminating at the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half (January 28, 2024) with the Final Mile event where all participants will earn their own medal!
The Final Mile
On January 28, 2024 at 9:30 AM, scheduled buses will pick up the teachers and students from their school 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
Coming back for a second year, kids ages 6-13 who attend a school not part of the Life Time Kids Run Miami program now have the opportunity to run the Life Time Miami Kids Mile on January 28, 2024 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.
Registration will open fall 2023.
Be sure the participant information entered into registration is the child’s name and birth date.
Start Line Location
NW 3rd St between N Miami Ave & NW 1st AveDetails subject to change.
Kids Run Miami Program Overview
Students 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 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 25.2 miles. The running regimen begins with one mile completed per week and increases incrementally to 2.5 miles. By running multiple times per week, students 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.
The Kids Run Miami program will provide the following to all participating schools:
• Program instructions and participation waiver
• Running Logs
• Training Calendar
• Training Outline
• Nutrition Resources
• Promotional Poster
• Informational brochure
• Digital tracking capability (More info shared with participating coaches)
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
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 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.
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.
If you are interested in having your school 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.
Many thanks to our partners who make this possible!