COME RUN WITH FRIENDS
THE START OF HEALTHY LIVING
HEALTHY KIDS ARE HAPPY KIDS
THE BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF LOUISIANA KIDS MARATHON CHALLENGE, KIDS MARATHON & KIDS 5K
Get the whole family active at the running festival. Join us for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kids Marathon Challenge, 1 mile KIDS MARATHON or the 3.1 mile KIDS 5K. Our mission is to instill running as a part of a healthy lifestyle in our kids at an early age. With your help, we can add healthy, happy and active to our unique culture.
ANYONE CAN RUN & YOU CAN RUN WHEREVER YOU ARE!
We’ve mapped out 8 marathon routes in some of the major parts of the state. Working with the Louisiana Department of Education – LA Healthy Schools, we want to give everyone a chance to be a part of the fun. Pick your area, run a total of 26.2 miles from the safety of your neighborhood, track your progress on the Virtual Marathon Challenge map, and get rewarded for a job well done!
EACH RUNNER RECEIVES
- Race bib, personalized with early sign up
- Finisher’s medal
- T-shirt, with kid’s sizing
- Access to the Saturday’s After Party + Kids Zone
Once they cross the finish line and receive their finisher’s medal, they can join us at the Kids Zone to celebrate their accomplishments and add a little more fun and adventure to the day.
Sign up your School/Organization for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Kids Marathon Challenge here: https://runsignup.com/BlueCrossKidsMarathon
Schools and organizations are encouraged to incorporate Kids Marathon as a part of their health and fitness initiatives as well as a fund raising effort. Kids can sign up for the Kids Marathon Challenge, 1 Mile Fun Run or 3.1 Mile Kids 5K. Schools/organizations with the most students will receive a cash gift from Louisiana Runs.
- Most Kids, 1st Place = $1000
- Most Kids, 2nd Place = $500
- Most % of Student Body, 1st Place = $1000
- Most % of Student Body, 2nd Place = $500
We have several training programs designed to assist instructors with keeping the kids running and preparing for race-day. Download a Multi-Week Training Program and Performance Tracking Log for the 1 Mile Kids Marathon or Kids Marathon Challenge and complete 26.2 miles. Or download a 5K training program from our Training page. Instructors can also Download Activity Book Page to ensure kids of all ages can have fun learning more about the sport
Sponsor-A-Kid to run the Kids Marathon and we do the rest. Share the gift of running and expose kids and their families to the sport and lifestyle. Donations are matched with runners from the Boys and Girls Club of Louisiana, Girls on the Run, Youth Run Nola and elementary cross country teams.
Donate $25 per kid-runner, and we provide #RUNLOVE for a runner in-need with a registration, personalized bib, t-shirt, finisher medal, a 3-taste wristband and access to the Saturday Finish Festival, complete with live entertainment.
- $25 to Sponsor-A-Kid
- $100 to Sponsor-A-Family
- $500 to Sponsor-A-Class*
- $1,500 to Sponsor-A-Grade*
- $5,000 to Sponsor-A-School*
CAN PARENTS RUN?
Parents are allowed to run with their children, but are encouraged to let their little ones accomplish the race on their own.
START LINE & PARENT-KID DROP OFF.
Parents can watch their kids start the race at 3rd St. and then walk over to the finish line on 4th St. to watch them finish.
FINISH LINE & PARENT-KID CHECKOUT.
There will be FIVE checkout areas located in the finish chute past the finish line. Children will be placed into one of the five checkout areas based on the LAST DIGIT on their bib.
Only race personnel and kids participating in the race will be allowed in the finish chute and checkout areas. The west side of the finish chute will have a PARENT CHECKOUT aisle. Once you see that your kid has been placed in a checkout area you can enter the aisle from the South, closest to the finish line.
Show your bib to the attendant and claim your child. Exit the aisle on the north side furthest from the Finish Line. If you have multiple kids in different waves, you will need to exit the aisle and re-enter once your next kid is ready to be checked out.
If you do not have the bib that matches your kid’s bib, the attendant will look to verify the information you wrote on the back of the kid’s bib with your photo ID. If you can’t produce a photo ID or did not complete the information on the back of the bib, the attendant will direct you to one of our police partners who will work with you and the kid to turn over custody.
Please wear your bib and complete the information on the back of the bib to avoid any inconvenience on race day. If a parent has multiple kids participating, they should wear ALL of their Parent Bibs.
If a parent is planning to run with their kid, they should still wear the Parent Bib. In addition, the back of the Kid’s Bib should be filled out with all of the parent’s information.
How Kids Can Participate:
- Kids 12 & under can run the 1 mile fun run
- Kids 14 & under can run the 5K
For more of a challenge, use our multi-week race program totaling 26.2 miles and complete the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Kids Marathon Challenge
As an incentive to get the whole family involved and active, we’re offering special discounts! If you would like a family discount, please email Kids Marathon Event Director prior to registration to receive a discount code. We are offering the following discounts for each family:
- Family of 3: 10% discount
- Family of 4-5: 15% discount
- Family of 6+: 20% discount
Email for family rates firstname.lastname@example.org
KIDS MARATHON – 1 Mile
DATE: Saturday, January 16, 2021
AGE GROUP: 12 and under
START TIME: Immediately after the 5K & Quarter Marathon. Should be 10:15 am with waves of different age groups starting every 6-7 minutes.
KIDS 5K – 3.1 MILES
DATE: Saturday, January 16, 2021
COST: $25 entry fee with KIDS 5K offer code for kids
AGE GROUP: 14 and under
START TIME: 8:00 a.m. (with the main 5K and Quarter Marathon
QUESTIONS? NEED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION?
DOWNLOAD OUR KIDS ACTIVITY BOOK
When kids aren’t physically preparing for the race, keep them entertained with crossword puzzles, word searches, connect the dots, math challenges and coloring book pages themed within a good run throughout the state.