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How It Works


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When children enrol in school, they are allocated a Unique Pupil Number. The Marathon Kids UK ‘Digital Tracking System’ (DTS) simply uses this number to match the child to distance completed, all safely logged on the system.

For Marathon Kids UK in schools, children complete laps of a course during each session, earning a wristband for every lap completed. The distance each child accumulates is added on to the DTS at the end of the session, showing the total distance each budding athlete has clocked up during the course of the programme.

Marathon Kids are given the annual challenge of completing four marathons in an academic year, a feat many achieve, with some going far beyond this.

Marathon Kids UK in parks works in a similar way, but instead of uploading the data to the DTS, children use the Marathon Kids UK App on a mobile device to log their activity.

More than 140,000 children have benefited from the two programmes over the past 10 years, and during the 2019/20 academic year our Marathon Kids ran more than 365,000km together.

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Marathon Kids in the UK is a programme of Kids Run Free.

Kids Run Free is a charity registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales (1146636) and a registered Company Limited by Guarantee, England and Wales (07465668).

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