CASA Kane County
Fox Valley KIDS’ Marathon - FAQ

Mileage MapFinal 1.2 Miles: Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 3 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

How do we sign up?

Registration has CLOSED.
Registration is limited to the first 750 registrations received.
There is a small registration fee of $10 per child.
Open to all kids who will be ages 5 through 13 on race day, Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Please CONFIRM Your Child's Registration

Already registered? Please confirm your child's 2014 KIDS Marathon registration.

Because this is such a big commitment for each runner, we're asking that everyone please CONFIRM their registration to ensure that there are no race-day disappointments. Every year we've had at least a couple event weekend surprises, where a kid has logged all 25 miles but mistakenly wasn't actually registered for the event. PLEASE don't let this be your kid. Confirm each participants registration HERE.
Email any questions or concerns to: THANKS!

2014 Fox Valley KIDS’ Marathon will be...

  • As Exciting and as FUN as EVER
  • A family-friendly, fun activity for kids between the ages of 5 and 13
  • A way for kids to get fit, achieve a goal and learn how much fun running can be!
  • Offering 3 OPTIONAL Saturday morning "Fun Runs" which include running games and activities led by local runners
  • A summer of running that builds up to the celebratory final run on Saturday, September 20 where participants receive their own marathon goody bagbib number, t-shirt and finisher's medal....just like the adult marathoners!

What are the Optional KIDS Summer Training Runs?

This summer's OPTIONAL training runs will be held on Saturday mornings. There will be one training run in June, one in July and one in August.

  • Sat  - 06/28  Kids Fun Run #1  8:00 am in Mt St Mary Park, St Charles
  • Sat  - 07/26  Kids Fun Run #2  8:00 am in Mt St Mary Park, St Charles
  • Sat  - 08/23  Kids Fun Run #3  8:00 am in Mt St Mary Park, St Charles

Training runs are included in your registration price and are opportunities for participants to meet other area kids who share a love for being active!  All training runs will count as 1-mile of running and will be led by local runners.

Do the kids RUN all 26 miles at once?

No…the KIDS’ Marathon is designed for kids to complete 26.2 separate miles (running or walking) at their own pace and over a sixteen week time period. The KIDS’ Marathon is designed to start in early June and is completed at 3 P.M. on September 20, 2014 at the Fox Valley KIDS’ Marathon .

So that we can fully appreciate the Kids achievement and to accommodate the larger numbers and event, the KIDS’ Marathon race will have a day of it’s own! The start and finish will be in the Adult village. We will celebrate big with a post race party, medals and pictures! Just like an Adult marathon!

How do the kids complete 26 separate miles at their own pace?

As long as you verify their run and sign their log sheet, it is a valid run. We recommend running small sections of the Fox River trail and checking out the local parks and playgrounds along the way. is a great website for mapping a safe ½ or 1 mile course at a park or on sidewalks near your home. Please see details for KIDS’ GROUP FUN RUNS.

Mileage Log SheetHow do I track my child’s miles?

Download the colorful Fox Valley KIDS’ MARATHON Map and the Mileage Log Sheet. Kids can color in their miles as they run them, and parents and guardians sign off each mile. Your child can complete his/her runs anywhere at anytime. You, the parent or guardian, verify their run and sign their log sheet.

Can I run or walk with my child on Race Day during the final 1.2 miles?

Yes. We encourage family participation throughout the summer. And on race day, one parent, grandparent or guardian can run or walk with each child in the FVM KIDS’ MARATHON. If you’re not a runner, Dick Pond Athletics offers great adult Walk to Run programs that can help you begin a running program while your child begins theirs. It can be a fun summer adventure together.

Sorry but due to safety concerns, no strollers are allowed at all in the marathon or the KIDS’ Marathon. Runners in the final mile of the KIDS’ Marathon do not need to be accompanied by a parent. The mile will be supervised the entire mile by adults and FVM volunteers allowing your family to be your child's cheering squad.

Will there be prizes?

YES! Achievement recognition prizes! The program is NOT a race, so everyone who finishes will get a t-shirt before the last run and an award after the run. Since 26.2 miles is a long way, we will also offer awards at specified events during the summer for runners who have completed their first 10K (6 miles) and 13 miles.

How much does the KIDS’ Marathon cost?

There is a small registration fee of $10. But the CASA Kane County Fox Valley KIDS’ Marathon more about sweat and dedication. The Fox Valley Marathon Races wants to encourage young people to begin an active lifestyle.

Are there other Local running activities for KIDS?

Dick Pond AthleticsNew in 2014! Dick Pond Athletics STC will be offering a running club especially for KIDS!!
All summer long (June - August) on Wednesday nights, kids from ages 5-13 can meet at 6:30 pm at the Dick Pond Athletics St. Charles store (303 N 2nd Street/Route 31, across from Salereno's) for an hour of FUN RUNNING. The Kids Running Club will be led by local high school cross country and track athletes and will be comprised of an hour of supervised "fun running" and activities. Please contact store manager, Glen Kamps, for more information at:

Meet the 2014 Race Director!

Amy Kappele, 2014 KIDS Race DirectorAmy Kappele is our new Fox Valley Kids Marathon race director. Amy grew up in St. Charles and played basketball and soccer for St. Charles High School. Since then she has been running in local and national running events. In 2013 Amy ran 12 half marathons for a local charity. She ran a half marathon every month and raised funds for Bernie's Book Bank in Lake Bluff, IL.
Amy is a reading specialist at Davis Primary school in the St. Charles Community Unit School District. She loves the opportunity to integrate her love for books, kids and running! Amy is very excited to be part of the Fox Valley Kids Marathon in 2014. She ran the Fox Valley Half Marathon as one of her 12 halves last year and she loved the course and support from the local crowd!

More questions?

Email our KIDS Race Director at with any questions or concerns!

Who is CASA Kane county?

CASA Kane County is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system. Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things to serve over 500 children in our abuse/neglect and probate courts each year. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens appointed by judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes due to parental abuse and neglect. They stand up for our children and make a difference one child at a time.

rev. 8/2014


CASA Kane County

CASA Kane County is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system.



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