Grand Rapids Kids Marathon

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Kent District Library is proud be a sponsor of the 2008 Bagel Beanery Grand Rapids Kids Marathon, being held Saturday, October 18, at 1:00pm.

Hey, kids — are you interested in running this race? Register online, then pick up a free logbook at your local library (or download one here). Try to run or walk one mile with a parent or family member three times each week until you accumulate 25 miles. Registration deadline is August 31st.

By race weekend, you’ll be ready to run or walk the last 1.2 miles on the official race course of the Grand Rapids Marathon. All registered runners will receive an official race bib and t-shirt, and finishers will receive a medal and certificate. All participants will be eligible for post-race refreshments.  And be sure to say ‘hi’ to Katie L., the Kent District Libray mascot!

Need some tips to get started? Check out the training tips on the Kids Marathon website, or look for these great Kids Fitness & Nutrition books at your local library!

Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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6 Responses to “Grand Rapids Kids Marathon”

  1. Danielle Says:

    Where is the starting point of the kids race?

  2. Patrice Vrona - KDL staff Says:

    Danielle – If you click on the very first link in the above post you’ll find more details about the marathon. I found maps of the course and the starting point is on the corner of Winter and Blumrich.

    Happy running!

  3. Sheri Says:

    Thanks, Patrice — this is correct. The corner of Winter and Blumrich is right next to the David D. Hunting YMCA downtown, if you need an easy landmark.

  4. Lisa Says:

    I just found this and the deadline was yesterday! Can I still register my children? We will have no problem catching up in our miles.

  5. Sheri Says:

    Hi Lisa,
    It looks like the online registration form is still active, but if you’d like to make sure, you can contact the race director, Don Kern, at

  6. Jen Says:

    It’s Jen, Race Directors for the Kids Marathon.
    YES! You can still register your children for the race.
    The form is open through Friday, September, 5.
    Click here to register:

    I’ll check back here tomorrow to see if there are any more comments / questions.

    Also, we send weekly training emails… so if you register, you’ll hear from us again.
    Keep running!