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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.

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.

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 (February 6, 2022) on the final 1.2 miles of the half marathon course.


Course Map

NEW Start Line Location for 2022!

NW 5th St. between N. Miami Ave & NW 1st Ave

2022 course map coming soon!

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.

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.

Program Director
Samantha Bailey –

*Only kids who complete weekly goals totaling the 25 miles necessary will be issued a race number to take part in the LIfe Time Kids Run Miami Final Mile at the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half.

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. You may contact Samantha Bailey, the Program Director, for entry information: sbailey2@LT.Life

For more information on resources available, see the Coach Resources below:

Visual Encouragement and Tools
The Kids Run Miami program will provide the following to all participating schools:
• Program instructions and participation waiver (Spanish)
Running logs for each student
Training Calendar (NEW!)
Training Outline (NEW!)
Nutritional Resources (NEW!)
Program poster
• Informational brochure (outside/inside)
• Digital tracking capability (NEW! More info to come)

Weekly Instructions
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 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 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 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.

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.

NEW Miami Kids Mile!

By popular demand, we’ve added a one mile race option in conjunction with the Life Time Kids Run Miami Final Mile! Open to ages 6-13 years old, kids who attend a school not part of the Life Time Kids Run Miami program now have the opportunity to run the Miami Kids Mile on February 6, 2022 and earn their own medal!

Participants will complete their mile at the 20th anniversary Life Time Miami Marathon & Half, crossing the same Finish Line as the Miami Half Marathon runners!

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